Preston Respect selects candidate
Respect members in Preston have selected local parish councillor Barry Hill as their candidate in the Tulketh ward council by-election.
Barry is a landscape gardener and a foster carer. He is an elected school parent govenor and opposes plans to replace two secondary schools that children in the ward attend with a city academy.
He is also involved in local safety campaigns to introduce traffic calming measures. “I’m keen to see a reduction in car usage and the congestion that blights Preston,” he said.
For updates on the campaign go to » www.prestonrespect.org
PCS rallies for Eddie Fleming
The PCS civil service workers’ union held a rally in Hastings last Saturday to call for the reinstatement of Eddie Fleming, chair of the local Child Support Agency (CSA) union branch.
Eddie has worked for the CSA for 12 years and been a workplace rep for ten of those. He is appealing against his dismissal over charges relating to his union duties.
“Eddie is one of our most committed and courageous reps,” said Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS.
“The way he has been treated and victimised by management is outrageous. We will do everything to defend him and get him reinstated.”
Liverpool strikers win new pay offer
Refuse workers have suspended a planned strike in Liverpool after receiving an improved pay offer.
The vast majority of the 200 refuse workers in the GMB union voted in favour of strike action after talks broke down with their employer Veolia.
Veolia’s offer of a 2.475 percent pay increase has been replaced with 4.2 percent rise and improvements to sick pay.
“We have agreed to suspend any industrial action while we consult our members on the company’s proposals,” said Dave Hulse, the GMB’s regional organiser.
Herts firefighters cry foul over deal
Firefighters in Hertfordshire are angry at bosses for reneging on a deal which ended their strike action last year.
“Last year our employers told us that they would work with us to improve the service – but their words are ringing hollow,” said Tony Smith, chair of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Herts. “We need more firefighters on our fire engines, not less.”
Herts FBU took six weeks of strike action in summer 2006 against station closures and cuts to the service.
BBC unions ballot against cuts plan
The Bectu and NUJ unions are balloting members in the BBC for strikes against plans to cut 2,500 jobs.
Union members should vote yes and return their ballot forms before 9 January.