Strikes planned over care and pay
ALMOST 150 nurses at a Cumbrian psychiatric unit have voted to strike. The nurses, members of Unison, are angry at standards of care at the Carleton Clinic in Carlisle. They also say they are concerned about the safety of staff at the centre. Nurses voted three to one in favour of a one-day stoppage.
In another dispute nurses at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary are threatening strike action over controversial changes to shift patterns, which could see them take an enforced pay cut.
Good news from Telegraph staff
JOURNALISTS at the Telegraph Group of papers have voted in favour of a strike ballot over pay after rejecting a 3 percent offer.
Meanwhile journalists at Express Newspapers have also rejected a 3 percent offer, but talks are continuing there between management and the NUJ journalists' union.
Taxi drivers' fury at private firm
WATFORD HACKNEY carriage (taxi) drivers, who have had their rank at Watford Junction station for decades, were kicked off the site by the Silverlink rail operator from last Sunday.
Silverlink demanded ever-increasing annual rates from the drivers to use the rank. The drivers, who are members of the TGWU union, were prepared to negotiate a compromise. But instead Silverlink sold the rights to a private hire firm. The drivers fought back and organised a picket of the station, resulting in traffic backing back onto the M1.
Send messages of support to Watford Trades Council, c/o 4 Etna Road, St Albans, Herts AL3 5NJ.
Manchester bus drivers stand firm
THE THREAT of strike action the week before Christmas by over 1,200 bus drivers employed by Stagecoach in Manchester has brought the employers back to the negotiating table.
The TGWU union is still holding out for a 7.1 percent rise over 12 months rather than the 18 months demanded by management.
Left prepares for battles in the PCS
LEFT ACTIVISTS from across the PCS civil servants' union met in Manchester last weekend in the run-up to significant industrial action in the union.
The socialist Left Unity conference enthusiastically received the declaration for the Convention of the Left to found an alternative to New Labour.
It also heard from the three left candidates for the forthcoming election for the union's assistant general secretary. Left Unity members will vote soon on who should be their candidate.
Socialist Worker supporters are calling for support for Sue Bond. Sue is the current national vice-president.
The meeting also voted to support Hugh Lanning to stand for deputy general secretary.