Oldham unites for schools protest
Shouts of 'our schools are not for sale' rang out around Oldham town centre last Saturday.
Some 150 pupils, teachers and parents united in a noisy protest against the local authority's plans to close five schools and open two privatised academies.
Mac Andrassy, Oldham Campaign Against Academies
Campaign to defend Chub
The campaign to defend Antony 'Chub' Czubkowski, the senior shop steward for the Amicus union at Central Networks, took another step forward last week.
Chub was suspended just before Christmas, pending an investigation. The shop stewards for all five unions across E.ON UK, the company which owns Central Networks, met last week.
Amicus, the T&G and GMB unions are all withdrawing from negotiations with the company until the issue is resolved, and are set to ballot for strikes. Chub was also elected as pay negotiator coordinator by the meeting.
The Amicus energy sector national industrial committee last week passed a motion supporting him.
Chub was set to meet with the company on Tuesday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press.
Support grows for Unique workers
The 17 sacked black Unison union members, former employees of Unique Care, in Huddersfield, are in the fourth week of their dispute.
Two of the sacked women attended the TUC lobby of parliament on 23 January over privatisation. Unison general secretary Dave Prentis gave them a verbal commitment that the union would do whatever is necessary to win the campaign.
Unison members at Huddersfield technical college collected over £300 for the sacked women.
Send messages of support and donations to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield. Phone 01484 223 577
CWU strike against outsourcing
CWU union members who work for TV Licensing in Bristol took strike action on Monday and Tuesday of this week against plans by Capita – which manages this contract for the BBC – to move work to India.
CWU official David Wilshire said, 'Our members are concerned about the future of their jobs as Capita is refusing to provide guarantees that it will not move further jobs abroad in the future.'
Another 200 CWU members on the site are due to be balloted for strike action this week.
Bread and roses for Soas cleaners
Over 70 people attended a special screening of Ken Loach's film Bread and Roses at Soas in central London last Saturday.
It was part of a campaign to win union recognition for college cleaners, employed by private company Ocean.
One cleaner said, 'Before I wanted to leave, now I'm going to stay and fight.' Another added, 'We have suffered humiliation and exploitation from Ocean for too long.'
Over 50 people left contact details to be part of the campaign.