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Home care workers in Bristol (Pic:

Home care workers in Bristol (Pic:

Bristol home care workers protest against privatisation

Home care workers in Bristol protested on Tuesday of last week against the council’s plans to privatise their service

Unofficial strike on the Hull bins

Around 140 refuse workers in Hull walked out on unofficial strike for a day last week. GMB union members were angry following the dismissal of a worker who was allegedly filmed throwing some waste into a private skip.

This film was played on the local news. Council bosses sacked one worker and gave others written warnings.

Members were angry that management had gone over the top. The sacking comes against a background of privatisation being carried out by the Liberal Democrat council.

The sacked member will be putting in an appeal and workers now need to keep up the pressure on management to ensure he wins reinstatement.

Phil Sanderson

Get privateers off the London tube

More than 2,000 London Underground maintenance staff working for Metronet are set to begin a seven-day overtime ban at 6pm on Easter Monday in a dispute over the forced transfer of staff to other companies.

Over 92 percent of RMT union members voted for a strike over the issue and the union has warned that unless the dispute is solved by 16 April then strikes will follow.

Metronet has refused to withdraw plans to transfer staff to its parent companies, despite agreeing a year ago that it would not happen.

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “This dispute is about honouring agreements and defending members’ pay, conditions and organisation. But it is also about resisting dangerous fragmentation of the network.”

The RMT is also calling for Metronet to be sacked from its contract to maintain two thirds of the tube network and for infrastructure work to be brought back in-house.

Biggest meeting in Norwich for years

Tony Benn spoke to a packed stop the war meeting of over 600 people at St Andrews Hall, Norwich, on Wednesday of last week.

He stressed deep concern over the preparations for an attack on Iran, which he said Britain and the US are planning.

Benn reminded the audience of how false claims about weapons of mass destruction were used to justify an attack on Iraq.

Peter Offord, Norwich Stop the War

Keep up support for Unique Care

The fight for justice for 17 sacked women at Unique Care in Huddersfield continues.

The women were sacked by the private care provider, funded by Kirklees council in South Yorkshire.

The registration service was to inspect the company this week. If the company does not pass the inspection it will not be able to fulfil its contract with the council.

Nick Ruff

Please send donations to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP.

First Eastern Counties Bus workers suspend strike

A 24-hour strike by bus drivers at First Eastern Counties in Norwich was suspended pending further pay talks with the company.

The strike by 250 drivers was due to take place on Monday of this week. It is part of a pay battle that goes back to March last year.

Metroline buses subcontract sickness management

Bosses at Metroline bus company in north London have subcontracted their sickness management to Active Health Partners (AHP).

This means that from 19 April bus drivers are expected to phone a private call centre when they are off sick.

The real agenda is the drive by bosses to monitor and cut sick leave.

The move was not negotiated or agreed by the T&G union which represents the majority of drivers at Metroline.

This follows the recent closure of the final salary pension scheme.

Tanfield Engineering on strike

Some 90 workers at the Tanfield Engineering Services plant in Stanley, County Durham, took part in a seven-day strike last week.

The industrial action, which also includes an ongoing overtime ban, came after workers rejected a 2.5 percent pay offer.

The parent company, The Tanfield Group, posted a 75 percent rise in profits to £3.5 million last week.

The factory provides engineering services including fabrication and assembly.

The next strike is scheduled to start on 22 April.

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Sat 7 Apr 2007, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2045
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