Iceland workers vote on deal
Workers at Iceland’s depot in Enfield, north London, were considering a new offer to end their dispute this week.
The 350 workers, who are in the T&G union, struck on two separate days before Christmas at the depot, which is run by DHL Exel.
Fujitsu Amicus strike and protest
Fujitsu workers in Manchester are striking again on Thursday and Friday of this week, in response to the company walking away from talks with Acas.
The company has also escalated the dispute by threatening to discipline Ian Allinson, the senior Amicus rep, whose hearing is on Wednesday. Amicus plans a rally at 12.30pm on Thursday outside the site at Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester.
Alcan packaging fighting job cuts
Workers at Alcan Packaging in Workington, in Cumbria, are gearing up for strike action in a row over job cuts and the introduction of a new sick pay scheme.
The 45 workers in the printing department, members of the Amicus union, have voted to take strike action from next Monday.
Eddie Irvine, the Amicus branch secretary, said the workers were planning an all-out strike in protest at proposed staff cuts.
He also said that the rest of the site of 400 workers is about to start a strike ballot over the company’s intention to impose a new sick pay scheme. The result of that vote will not be known until mid-January.
The factory makes packaging for Cadbury chocolate bars and Walkers crisps.
Librarians vote for action
Librarians in Hampshire could be heading for the picket lines over plans to cut back on staff.
The workers in Unison voted in a consultative ballot overwhelmingly in favour of strike action if Hampshire County Council insists on its proposals to reduce the number of workers. Some 87 percent voted for action. About 20 out of 60 posts will be axed.
CWU union backs the SW appeal
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) national executive committee have made a donation to the Socialist Worker appeal and the union has distributed a letter to all the branches of the union urging them to donate.
So far the Socialist Worker appeal has raised £134,232.