HOME HELPS in Derbyshire have voted by more than nine to one for industrial action to stop the introduction of electronic time sheets. The result is a blow to the Labour controlled council, whose scheme has been dubbed 'electronic tagging' by the home helps. The industrial action was due to start on Wednesday of this week and will allow home helps to boycott the scheme.
PENSIONER activists and trade unionists met at a conference arranged by the Greater London Pensioners Association last weekend. Everyone was disappointed that the Labour government had produced so little for pensioners. Pensioners are particularly outraged that they are in line for a 73p increase this year. Guest speakers at the conference on Saturday included Marty Turner, president of the GMB union, and Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn. The conference statement called on 'present and future pensioners to extend the campaigning which will be of benefit to us all'.
OVER 150 people marched on Saturday to protest at the closure of the maternity ward at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. The health authority plans to shut women's and children's services and move them to a PFI hospital in Halifax. Local Labour MP Charlie Mountford addressed the rally at the end of the march.
COUNCIL WORKERS in Gloucester have voted by four to one for a strike against the Labour controlled council's imposition of parking charges for its workers.