Housing workers ballot over pay
Members of the Unite union at English Church Housing Group (ECHG), part of the Riverside Group, are balloting for action against the company’s 2.5 percent pay offer.
The offer is below the amount awarded to other employees at Riverside, and other organisations working within the field of supported housing.
Staff feel that they are paying the price for poor management over a number of years, which has led to an increased work load and cuts in services.
ECHG union member
Unions condemn BAA pension move
Airport operator BAA announced on Wednesday of last week that it was closing its final salary pension scheme to new starters from 1 December.
The initial response from the four BAA unions was shock and anger, with a strong statement condemning the move issued by Brendan Gold from Unite (T&G section).
The unions will now meet to consider their response.
Unique workers call for care lobby
The 17 women sacked eight months ago by Unique Care in Huddersfield are calling on people to attend a lobby of the forthcoming council meeting.
The lobby, called by the Unison union, will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday of next week at Huddersfield town hall.
The aim is to put pressure on councillors when they discuss the results of the recent scrutiny report. The union is calling on the council to act on the findings and withdraw funding from the private care provider.
Unison is also calling on the council to re-engage the women as employees of the council.
Beach party against the Nazis
Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) put on a fantastic punk and ska beach party in Whitstable, Kent on Sunday of last week.
Despite pressure from the police to cancel the event, the LMHR organisers stayed firm, and it went ahead in a pub and on the beach.
Hundreds of mostly young people turned up for our event.
In the pub there was much dancing and the bands had to get their equipment and themselves in through the windows as it was impossible to get into the packed pub any other way.
All the bands were giving out anti-BNP messages during their performances.
Bunny La Roche
One strike off as deal reached
A strike by 800 members of the RMT rail workers’ union at the One railway company set for last Saturday and Monday of this week was called off after the union gained a deal “acceptable to both sides”.
The RMT had called the strike over the sacking of guard Paul Yarwood following an incident with a passenger.