New moves in Fujitsu dispute
Fujitsu workers from Manchester travelled to London last week to meet MPs. The workers, members of the Amicus union, wanted to discuss their ongoing dispute.
Several MPs have already written to Fujitsu, querying why a company in receipt of billions of pounds of public money should get away with union-busting and unethical behaviour.
The MPs came up with several ideas for the campaign which Amicus intends to take up over coming weeks.
The company also reconvened the disciplinary hearing for Ian Allinson, the senior Amicus rep. As we go to press Amicus was awaiting the outcome.
Following the recent five-day strike, the company has agreed to further talks at Acas, which are expected to start next Monday. Further strike days are under discussion.
For further information go to www.ourunion.org.uk/news
Oil tanker drivers vote on strikes
Around 50 oil tanker drivers at Conoco’s contractor Suckling are balloting for strikes.
The workers, members of the T&G union, are campaigning for parity with other drivers who deliver Conoco fuels.
The union has been involved in talks for over a year. The ballot ends on Friday of this week.
The drivers work from Grays and Coryton in Essex, Westerleigh in south Gloucestershire, Kingsbury in the West Midlands and Grangemouth in Scotland.
Battle for justice at Unique Care
seventeen women sacked by Unique Care in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, after an unofficial walkout, are in the sixth week of their fight for reinstatement.
The women, who are all black, walked out in response to harassment and bullying and the dismissal of a colleague. They were sacked almost immediately.
Unique Care is funded by Kirklees council and has recently secured a contract worth £425,000 to provide home care services to the elderly.
The sacked workers are members of Kirklees Unison
The women were boosted this week by coverage on regional television, and the regional council AGM of Yorkshire and Humberside Unison donated £1,000 to their fund.
Donations and messages of support to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP
Keep up support for Yunus Bakhsh
The campaign to defend leading health union activist, Yunus Bakhsh, from victimisation from his employers and disciplinary action by his Unison union is continuing.
Please send messages of support to Yunus at [email protected]
For details contact the Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2EN or phone 07958 171 205
CWU postal executive dispute decision
The CWU postal executive has backed a deal to settle the dispute over drivers’ earnings which nearly led to a national strike ballot.
Full details were not available as Socialist Worker went to press but a national briefing will take place on 22 February in York.
Exeter CWU suspensions
The disciplinary action taken against CWU union activists in Exeter has led to calls for a strike ballot among distribution workers at the mail centre.
One worker has been sacked and two others given suspended dismissals and compulsorily transferred to other offices. This follows a strike last year that defended a union rep.
Every CWU branch should back Exeter and ensure that there is support from every level to halt any sackings.
Messages of support to [email protected], fax 01392 448 225, phone 01392 448 225.
Repeal the anti-union laws
A rally for trade union freedom has been called for Thursday 1 March, the day before the trade union freedom bill goes before parliament.
It takes place at 7pm in House of Commons committee room 12 in London.
Confirmed speakers include John Mc Donnell MP, Tony Benn, Tony Woodley (T&G), Billy Hayes and Bob Crow (RMT).
The rally is called by the United Campaign to Repeal the Anti Trade Union Laws.
For details go to www.unitedcampaign.org.uk