Signal that the strike is growing
Rail signal workers in the RMT union are stepping up their fight against the possible redundancy of a manager.
Around 50 signallers in the Lincoln area struck last Saturday over the offer of a new post for him, which involves a £16,000 pay cut.
The workers, employed by Network Rail, are set to strike again this Saturday 1 March.
The union is also planning to ballot 400 signallers and signalling supervisors in the Great Northern area between Doncaster and King’s Cross to expand the dispute.
The union has told Network Rail that it intends to ballot all signallers in the north east of England area following a similar case in York.
Gimme Shelter, say workers
More than 450 workers at national housing charity Shelter are set to strike on Wednesday of next week over pay, grading and hours. They are also angry at management attempts to force them to sign new contracts “agreeing” the changes.
The workers, members of the Unite union, voted by 211 to 78 for strike action.
Unite regional organiser Alan Scott said, “Dedicated Shelter workers are legendary among homeless people and those who are affected by housing issues because they work selflessly for justice, and will always go the extra mile for those in need.
“But they can’t live on dedication alone – they need to bring home a wage based on their union’s agreements with Shelter, rather than have their contracts scrapped and replaced with inferior conditions.”
Express to ballot over pay
Journalists in the NUJ union at Express Newspapers are to ballot for industrial action over pay.
The company, which publishes the Daily Express, the Sunday Express and The Daily Star, has refused to increase its pay offer of 3 percent in talks with the NUJ.
The union, which wanted management to raise the offer to 4.3 percent, has said that it will proceed with a ballot for industrial action.
Reviving trade unions in Harwich
Twelve people attended an Organising for Fighting Unions meeting in Harwich last week in defence of public services.
They represented seven different unions and eight different workplaces. Reps from the PCS civil service workers’ union and the CWU postal workers’ union spoke.
We now intend to meet again in a month’s time. We also said that we would offer support and solidarity to any union that takes action.
A number of union reps also said that they would like to invite the Stop the War member who spoke to their next branch meeting to publicise the upcoming 15 March protest in London.