HSE protest against cuts
Workers at the Health and Safety Executive in London protested on Tuesday of last week against cuts, closures and the financial crisis that is engulfing the department Picture: Guy Smallman
Herald newspapers strike
Journalists in the NUJ union at Scotland’s Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times newspapers struck on Friday of last week against compulsory redundancies
Ritzy strikes win better pay offer
Members of the Bectu union at Brixton’s Ritzy Cinema in south London have voted to accept an improved pay offer following two days of industrial action earlier this year.
Some 89 percent voted to accept a pay increase of over 22 percent by October 2009 for the lowest paid staff, with the first 8.4 percent increase backdated to 1 October 2006.
Willy Donaghy, the Bectu supervisory official, said. “The success of the strike is due to the commitment, discipline and organisational skills of the representatives and membership at the Ritzy.”
James Bond: Live and let heckle
Anti-war activist James Bond, known as Jim, a former member of the Labour Party in Neath, has had legal charges against him dropped after his heckling of Peter Hain MP at a meeting in Neath two months ago.
Jim, a 63 year old former technician, had told Hain that he should be in the Hague to face war crimes charges rather than seeking votes to become the Labour Party deputy leader.
On leaving the meeting he was stopped, taken into custody and charged with being being drunk and disorderly – a charge he strongly refuted. The charge has now been dropped.
Decisive week for Unique workers
The 17 women fighting reinstatement at Unique Care in Huddersfield were set to be informed what the findings of the council’s scrutiny committee were as Socialist Worker went to press.
The committee has been looking into the care provided by the company that sacked them and its relationship with the council.
Donations are much needed. Send to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield.
Victory over trust in Devon
Campaigners in Devon are celebrating after it was announced that Tavistock College will not become a trust school. A campaign against this was started by the Devon NUT teachers’ union and joined by a parents’ campaign.
Staff at the college voted by 140 votes to 12 to oppose the trust proposal in a ballot organised by the unions. The parents’ campaign organised a petition and prepared a detailed submission that demolished the case for a trust.
The result of the campaign was that Devon council referred the decision to the schools adjudicator, and the trust proposal was terminated.
This result is a major boost for the campaign against trust schools.
Mike Gurney, president, Devon NUT (personal capacity)
Unite lobby at Labour conference
The Unite union has called a national lobby of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth on 23 September in defence of jobs and public services.
For details of the lobby go to » www.amicustheunion.org/Default.aspx?page=6838