Kings College Hospital rally
Union members and local supporters held a rally last week in support of Unite union representative Tony Anthrobus. Tony’s job is threatened by a reorganisation at King’s College Hospital in south London where he has worked for over 40 years
Fighting for jobs in Camden council
Crunch time is approaching in the fight against Camden council’s plans for job cuts throughout the north London council.
Management have broken off negotiations with the Unison union over cuts in hostels that threaten 147 jobs, and want to push through the cuts by 1 October.
Unison members lobbied redeployment interviews on Monday of this week, which they have refused to attend.
Martin Cornish, a hostel worker and Unison shop steward, said, “We hope management return to the negotiating table, but if they don’t we will have no choice but to ballot for industrial action. We are in the front line but many other council services are under threat.”
Cuts put more in fire danger
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has hit out against cuts to the fire service in Cornwall in the wake of a fire that gutted a Newquay hotel last week.
“There weren’t enough crews in the area to man the second pump,” said FBU general secretary Matt Wrack. Vital firefighting equipment had to be brought in from outside the area.
The FBU has been campaigning against council plans to downgrade two fire stations in Cornwall and cut 35 full-time firefighter posts. Several hundred firefighters marched through Truro, Cornwall, in June to protest against the £700,000 cuts package.
At least one person died in the fire in Newquay. “This goes to prove that if you cut the level of service within the fire service, people will die,” said Kevin Herniman, FBU brigade secretary for Avon.
Restructuring provokes ballot
Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union working for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman are balloting for a one-day strike against restructuring plans.
The union believes that the restructuring is aimed at cutting jobs. The workers investigate complaints from the public about government departments, other public bodies and the NHS in England.
Under the restructuring, people in new roles who wish to stay with the organisation have to explain on two sides of A4 how they meet a set of “future expectations”.
Those who are deemed not to meet the expectations face losing their jobs. The ballot closes on Wednesday of next week.
Workers walk out at Coca-Cola
Members of the Unite union at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Wakefield were to strike on Wednesday and Friday of this week.
Workers struck for two days last month. They are angry at being offered a below inflation pay offer bound up with attacks on bonuses and conditions.
Planned strikes earlier in August were postponed pending talks.
Unison Health Service demo
The Unison union is planning a major national demonstration to celebrate 60 years of the NHS as a publicly owned health service – and to tell government ministers that they must keep it that way.
The march and rally will take place in central London on Saturday 3 November.
Trade unionists and anti-cuts groups should start booking transport for the demonstration now. For more information go to » www.unison.org.uk/healthcare/keepNHSworking
Sukula anti-deportation campaign open letter
The Sukula Family Must Stay campaign has launched an open letter protesting against the governments Operation Castor plans to deport all “failed” asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of Congo on 30 August
The Refugee Council, Liberty, the National Assembly Against Racism, Refugee Action, the National Union of Journalists, Bolton National Union of Teachers, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and Steven Hughes, the editor in chief of Bolton News, have already signed it.
The campaign is urging trade unionists and others to sign the open letter.
To read the statement email [email protected]