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Issue No. 2048

Care workers protest in Bristol (Pic: Simon Guy)

Care workers protest in Bristol (Pic: Simon Guy)

Bristol care workers anti-privatisation protest

Some 200 people protested on Friday of last week against the threat by Bristol council to privatise care workers’ jobs. Speakers at the rally included Respect local election candidate Paulette North.

Strike over pay at Quarriers charity

Unison union members working for Quarriers, one of Scotland’s biggest social care charities, are set to strike on Wednesday of this week.

Quarriers management has offered workers only a 2.5 percent pay rise.

Simon Mcfarlance, Unison regional officer, said, “It is highly regrettable that Quarriers’ intransigence and belligerence has led to this action being necessary. Our members are now determined to show Quarriers how angry they are about their pay and how the charity has handled this dispute.”

NUJ campaigns for Rhetta Moran

Members of the NUJ journalists’ union are urging the University of Salford to drop its application for costs against former employee Dr Rhetta Moran.

Rhetta represented herself at employment tribunal hearings last year after being sacked from her post.

She was the leader of a research project and her academic work exposed the plight of asylum seekers.

Following the failure of her case at tribunal, the university applied for costs.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said, “This move appears to have everything to do with sending a warning to people not to ask challenging questions and expose uncomfortable realities.”

Support Rhetta by emailing Michael Harloe, the university vice-chancellor, asking for the application for costs to be dropped at [email protected] Copy emails to [email protected] Sign the online petition

Is this a struggle I see before me?

The Bectu media workers’ union has won collective bargaining rights for Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) stage, front of house and hire wardrobe departments.

After a statutory ballot of the workers, the Central Arbitration Committee has said that RSC management must negotiate with the union over pay, hours and holidays.

To pass the statutory tests, over 40 percent of the “bargaining unit” must vote in favour of recognition – Bectu received 44 percent support.

Action escalated in Oxford dispute

Striking security guards at three of Oxford’s park and ride sites are to escalate industrial action in a dispute over the staffing on late shifts.

From Monday to the following Saturday, security guards at Oxford City Council-run park and ride sites will walk out between 8am and 9.30am.

Buses serving the sites did not cross picket lines during earlier strikes.

The decision to step up their strike came after the city council refused to budge on the issue of allowing security staff to work in pairs at night.

Greenwich protest over single status

Greenwich council workers in south London are protesting over a single status deal which will cut wages for many workers while delivering only small improvements for others.

PCS national executive elections

PCS union members must remember to vote in the ballot for the elections to the national executive.

Socialist Worker supporters in the union are calling for a vote for the union’s existing leadership of the Democracy Alliance – a coalition of the socialist Left Unity and centre-left PCS Democrats.

Along with general secretary Mark Serwotka, this group has been the force behind the PCS’s jobs, pay and conditions campaign.

Socialist Worker also urges all supporters and readers to vote for Left Unity candidates in the various PCS group elections.

For a full list of candidates go to

Norwich bus drivers strike

Around 250 bus drivers at the First Eastern Counties depot in Norwich were on strike on Friday of last week.

The drivers, members of the T&G union, voted by 81 percent in favour of strikes in a pay dispute that goes back to March of last year.

The drivers are angry that they are being offered a pay deal that will leave some drivers worse off. The strike pushed management into talks with the union.

The union agreed to suspend a second strike, due to take place on Wednesday 25 April, after management agreed to call in the Acas conciliation service.

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Tue 24 Apr 2007, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2048
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