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Protesters outside Camden council last week demanding direct investment in housing

Protesters outside Camden council last week demanding direct investment in housing


Harlow College strike ballot

Lecturers at Harlow college are being balloted for strike action over management’s decision to make over 200 staff reapply for their jobs with new conditions – including longer hours and less pay.

The ballot, involving members of the UCU lecturers’ union, was to end on Thursday of this week.

Demonstration Saturday 19 May. Go to www.uculeft.org
Messages of support to emartins@ucu.org.uk


Serious move in Oxford dispute

Striking security guards at three of Oxford’s park and ride sites are considering escalating their action to an all-out strike. The council has threatened to replace the striking workers during stoppages, and to take disciplinary action against them.

Security guard Paul Griffiths said, “Our action is for our right to be safe at work and for our customers to be safe while on our premises.

“Lone working in car parks at night will not only make us unsafe, but will render us useless in providing a service.

“Management have told staff to lock themselves in the office at night if they are alone.

“What is the point of security staff locked in a building watching a crime take place?

“They are trying to break us. We are going to find it extremely hard next month but the public support keeps us going.”


Booking new dates for action

Hampshire librarians could strike again over proposals to axe staff.

Their Unison union had called off a second round of industrial action and agreed to talks with Hampshire County Council.

But a further offer from the council looks set to be rejected.

A total of 27 professional librarians out of 60 are taking voluntary redundancy and a further 17 face pay cuts as part of a restructuring of the county’s services.

More than 7,000 people have signed the librarians’ petition against what they say is the “dumbing down” of the county’s library service.

Union rep and Gosport librarian John Sadden said, “We will be recommending that the latest offer is rejected. We are not happy with what the council has offered.”


Window staff see through bosses

Nearly 200 GMB union members who work at Anglian Windows in Norwich are preparing to strike.

The first one-day strike will be from 6am, on Friday, 11 May.

A further strike will take place on 14 May.

The dispute centres around a change in the demand for wood effect (foil) windows as opposed to the ordinary white windows. Anglian workers are on a piece rate system which means that individual rates are paid for individual components in the making of units.

These rates are amalgamated to come up with an overall hourly rate.

The workers want the rate for making wood effect windows to be increased in line with the company’s own work study report which will in turn increase the average weekly pay for the majority of the workforce.


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Tue 8 May 2007, 18:20 BST
Issue No. 2050
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