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Issue No. 2085

BBC workers need action over cuts

The strike ballot of up to 10,000 BBC workers in the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions was set to end on Wednesday of this week.

Workers were balloting over management’s plans for 2,500 job cuts and attacks on pensions and terms and conditions.

The ballot had been extended for two weeks to allow further negotiations with management to take place.

The unions were to meet after the ballot result to discuss the negotiations and what action to call.

Strike ballot across the Mersey

Workers in the Unite union at the Port of Liverpool are balloting for strikes over the sacking of Brian Mottram, a coxswain.

Twenty three coxswains and able bodied seamen at Peel Ports Group are being balloted after the company failed to reinstate Mottram.

He was sacked following an accident when a launch he was in charge of was grounded. Nobody was injured during the incident.

Tony McQuade, Unite’s senior regional industrial organiser, said, “There have been other instances of launches being grounded but none has led to a sacking.

“Unite is prepared to back Mr Mottram. We would urge Peel Ports to act consistently and reinstate him.”

The ballot closes on 4 February.

Tony Benn speaks out over Gavan

Unison union members in Newham, east London, are gearing up for a public meeting to defend suspended union branch chair Michael Gavan.

Michael was suspended after the union started a campaign to stop the privatisation of the refuse and cleansing service.

Tony Benn and Labour MP John McDonnell are speaking at the meeting, which will take place at 7pm, Monday 11 February at St John’s Church in Stratford.

For further information, or to send messages of support, contact Newham Unison on 020 8555 9351.

Wilts and Dorset buses

The RMT union suspended strike action due to take place this week at the Wilts and Dorset Bus Company pending talks with management.

Around 375 drivers at the company have already held three 24-hour strikes in their attempt to win an agreement that continuous driving without a break should not exceed four and a half hours.

Union meetings this weekend

The National Shop Stewards Movement is organising two regional conferences for this Saturday 26 January.

The south west region conference takes place from 11.30am to 4.30pm, Transport House, Victoria Street, Bristol.

The Yorkshire region conference takes place from 12 noon to 4pm, Swarthmore Centre, Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3. For more information go to »

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Tue 22 Jan 2008, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2085
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