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Issue No. 2032

Grosvenor Casinos workers take action

Hundreds of casino workers went on strike on New Year’s Eve for 24 hours in a pay dispute. Over 300 members of the T&G union at Grosvenor Casinos in London took action in protest at an imposed 3.5 percent wage increase.

The workers picketed four of the company’s London casinos.

Haringey tenants celebrate victory

Haringey council tenants are celebrating after the council backed down from plans for the sale of its 1,479 homes for elderly and special needs tenants to housing associations.

Campaigners found the plans buried in page 139 of a report in the board papers of the Almo, Homes for Haringey.

The council now blames the Almo for “misunderstanding” their plans and policies.

Paul Burnham, Haringey Defend Council Housing
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Fighting job cuts in Hampshire

Members of Unison working in Hampshire Library Service have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in the face of an attack on jobs and the quality of the library service.

In an indicative ballot last month, in which 61 percent of members voted, 87 percent said they would be prepared to take action. Hampshire County Council are proposing to axe up to 50 jobs.

The proposals are aimed at saving £1 million from the libraries budget, money which will be used to pay for the cost of implementing single status in Hampshire as well as a new council call centre.

Stephen Squibbs

Pensions strike vote at ITN

The result of an industrial action ballot of members of the Bectu and NUJ media workers’ unions at news provider ITN was set to be announced on Friday of this week. The ballot is over pensions.

Workers are angry about planned changes to their pension benefits, including an increase in retirement age to 65.

The company tabled a “final offer” last month, threatening to impose the changes.

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Sat 6 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2032
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