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Issue No. 2064

Pizza ‘slaves’ protest in Derby

A protest against the exploitation of workers took place on Thursday of last week outside a pizza outlet in Derby.

In July the Unite union claimed that some migrant workers, employed at Domino’s Pizza franchises in the city, had been treated as “modern-day slaves”.

It said the workers had taken home practically nothing for months because of illegal deductions in their wages.

Simon Wallace from Unite said the organisation was concerned the practice was widespread.

He said, “It is shocking to come across it in one little local area, but to suddenly find it could be a nationwide thing involving potentially hundreds of people, that is daunting not shocking.”

Strike over One sacking

Over 100 members of the RMT rail worker’s union at One Railway in north Essex are to strike against the dismissal of a guard.

Guards based at Colchester and Clacton, revenue protection inspectors based at Colchester and retail workers between Chelmsford and Manningtree voted by 83 to one to strike.

The dispute is over the sacking of guard Paul Yarwood and the company’s failure to support other workers involved in an incident with a fare evader. Workers were set to strike on Saturday of this week and Monday of next week.

The union has now called a company-wide ballot.

Siemens strike threat gets deal

Members of the PCS union working for Siemens IT Services (SIS) and Siemens Facilities Management have voted to accept a pay offer following a series of meetings.

PCS members in Siemens had rejected a 3 percent pay offer and voted to strike to win a better deal.

Because of this the company improved its offer, which now includes a two year deal worth 6.6 percent plus an additional 0.5 percent to fund progression in 2008.

The PCS is to ballot members in Siemens Corporate Shared Services on a offer of a 4 percent pay increase for members employed in the HR Shared Services Centre at Glasgow.

Bus workers set to protest

London’s bus workers will stage a series of protests at key London transport and local government offices on Thursday 23 August to protest at the lack of toilet facilities on bus routes.

The capital’s bus workers, members of the T&G section of Unite are threatening a full strike ballot if Transport for London (TFL) and London’s local authorities don’t act.

The day of action will start at Victoria coach station at 11.30 am. It will then move on to TFL headquarters on Victoria Street, Westminster City Hall and end at the headquarters of London city councils, at 59½ Southwark Street.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh

Yunus Bakhsh, a leading Unison union and health service activist from the north east of England, is facing a union hearing this week.

Yunus has been suspended from work since September last year after speaking out against cuts.

Campaigners were to meet on Tuesday of this week to discuss the fight to defend Yunus.

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Tue 14 Aug 2007, 18:05 BST
Issue No. 2064
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