Shelter strike to defend conditions
Over 450 workers at Shelter, the national housing charity, were set to strike on Wednesday of this week, after voting by 211 to 78 for action over pay, grading and hours.
The workers, members of the Unite union, are angry over management plans to abolish their pay and grading structure and force them to sign new employment contracts.
“Our members are saddened that they have been forced into strike action,” said Alan Scott, Unite regional industrial organiser.
“There has been an overwhelming vote for industrial action, and that must send a message to Shelter managers that it is time to change tack.”
An unprecedented strike ballot begins
Workers at the Pindar print firm in Scarborough will be balloted on whether to take strike action over pay.
The dispute is thought to be the first time that workers at the company have considered strike action in its 170-year history.
The ballot was sparked after managers delayed the implementation of a wage rise from October to May this year.
The workers, members of the Unite union, rejected the pay deal by three to one. One worker said, “It is money we are entitled to and they shouldn’t be able to get away with it.”
Success for the left at Goldsmiths
The left received a tremendous vote in elections at Goldsmiths College in south east London last week as the Another Union Is Possible slate won a big successes.
A record number of students voted in last week’s election.
Seven people from the slate were elected to part time postions, including James Haywood as campaigns coordinator, Ruth Bibby as campus officer, Rheem al-Adami as women’s officer, and Delovan Ghafoor and Rayyan Mirza as student trustees.
Grace Lally received 602 votes for president, just 47 votes behind the winning candidate.
Coming on top of great votes for the left in Essex University and Plymouth University this vote shows that radical politics are winning a massive hearing among students.
Organising to save planet
Following on from the successful Campaign Against Climate Change conference, activists gathered at the weekend to organise the next steps for the campaign in the trade unions.
Fringe meetings are already planned at major union conferences, including those of the CWU, the PCS and the NUT.
The meeting agreed to create networks of trade unionists to organise more detailed work, in particular working to get union support for Campaign Against Climate Change protests like the forthcoming demonstration at Heathrow on 31 May.
To get involved in the group, please contact 07958 535 231.
Strike called off at Darton High
A three-day strike planned for this week at Darton High school in Barnsley south Yorkshire was called off as Socialist Worker went to press.
Teachers in the NUT union struck for three days last week, after management reneged on a previous deal to protect jobs and conditions at the school.
Strikes were called off after talks with management, but the union has not ruled out calling further action in the future.