PCS ballot over jobs and pay
The ballot of 80,000 PCS civil service workers’ union members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over strike action against the threatened imposition of a below inflation pay offer ends on Monday of next week.
Management warns that around 40 percent of staff will receive a zero pay increase next year.
Workers also face tens of thousands of job cuts.
Pay dispute hits the Met police
PCS union members working for the Metropolitan Police in London – including community support officers, traffic wardens, 999 operators and admin support staff – have overwhelmingly rejected a below inflation pay offer.
Over 95 percent of members rejected the offer of 2.25 percent, and other unions in the Met also rejected it.
This is the first time in nearly three decades that the unions have been in dispute over pay in the Met.
Bristol care workers lobby council
Angry carers from the Unison and GMB unions lobbied a council meeting in Bristol on Thursday of last week over fears for their jobs and for the future of the people they care for.
The Labour cabinet plans to close eight out of 13 residential care homes over the next five years.
The unions raised concerns that closing them would allow private firms to take over.
The hypocrisy of the Labour cabinet, whose members recently supported home care workers who were challenging the then Liberal Democrat cabinet over proposals to privatise home care services, was highlighted.
Debating legacy of Russian revolution
Around 30 people attended a symposium on the 90th anniversary of the Russian Revolution at Marx House in London last Saturday.
The symposium was organised by the Socialist History Society. There was a wide divergence of attitudes to the significance of the revolution and a lively discussion.
Yunus Bakhsh tribunal date announced
Leading health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh has been advised that his employment tribunal against Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS trust will begin on 31 March 2008.
Yunus, who is one of the best-known activists in the Unison union, has been suspended from work for more than a year. He is being victimised for his trade union activities.
For more details contact the Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 2EN. Phone 07958 171 205. Send messages of support to Yunus at firstname.lastname@example.org
Palestinian twinning conference
The Twinning with Palestine Campaign is to hold it’s third London Conference this Sunday at NUT building, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1. Palestinians from across the West Bank will help lead the many workshops to build practical and political support for Palestine.
For more information go to » www.twinningwithpalestine.net
Walkout at Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals foundation trust
Electricians and maintenance staff in the Unite union at Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals foundation trust walked out on strike on Monday of this week, and plan to strike again every Monday.
The action is in response to management’s refusal to offer a £3,000-a-year retention and recruitment payment, which is part of the 2004 Agenda for Change agreement.
Protest at Maudsley hospital
Angry campaigners lobbied Lambeth primary care trust in south London last week to demand the reopening of the Maudsley hospital emergency clinic.
The clinic deals with people with mental health needs who need urgent attention.
The trust has agreed to the “decommissioning” of the service, but have put off the final decision to close the clinic until March 2008.
A lobby of Southwark town hall was set to take place on Wednesday of this week.