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Issue No. 2093

Mobilise for abortion rights

Abortion Rights has called a national lobby of parliament for Wednesday 7 May, from 3-6pm. This will be followed by a public meeting.

The lobby is timed to coincide with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill going through parliament.

It is a chance to mobilise large numbers of activists and supporters to make it clear that the majority of people defend a woman’s right to choose.

For more on the campaign, go to » www.abortionrights.org.uk


Red light for signaller cuts

Workers in Network Rail’s electrical control room at York were set to strike for five days on Wednesday of this week over the company’s “unacceptable” plan to cut the number of operators there by a third, from 18 to 12.

The ten members of the RMT rail workers’ union’s in the control room voted unanimously to take action.

The strike will take place between 6.59pm on Wednesday and 6.59am on Monday of next week.


No U-turn at the driving agency

Workers in the Department for Transport have announced the next action in their battle over pay.

Some 8,500 PCS union members struck solidly across the department on 29 February. This, and the seven-day overtime ban that followed, rocked management.

It caused the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to cancel 5,000 tests..

But bosses have failed so far to speak meaningfully to the union.

The union has therefore announced a programme of action to increase the disruption for management.

There will be some form of action or disruption taking place in at least one area of the department each week.

The next action will hit the DSA. All examiners are striking for 2.5 hours in the morning on Thursday of this week and 1.5 hours on Tuesday of next week.

All non-examiners and administrative staff are striking for half a day in the morning on Thursday of this week. An overtime ban will also be in place over the Easter weekend, from Good Friday to Easter Monday.


Defend Hackney union activist

Ricky Jones the Unison union convenor for education in Hackney, east London, is under threat from his employers.

Ricky has worked as residential caretaker at William Patten school for ten years but his position has been abolished.

If this goes ahead Ricky and his wife and three children will be homeless.

Public meeting on Wednesday 26 March at 7pm, Abney Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street. Email messages of support matthew.waterfall@hackney.gov.uk


Strike planned at Montagu Hospital

Maintenance workers at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough, south Yorkshire, are preparing to strike after talks between bosses and the Unite union broke down.

The workers are angry that the Doncaster and Bessetlaw Hospitals NHS foundation trust is refusing to honour national agreements under Agenda for Change to pay a recruitment and retention premium.

Maintenance workers in the Unison union are also being balloted for strike action.


Bridlington health workers petition

Health workers from Bridlington, north east Yorkshire, took a petition containing 37,000 signatures to Downing Street on Tuesday of this week in a bid to save services at their hospital.


St George’s hospital workers win protection

Unison union members at St George’s hospital in south London were celebrating this week after winning protection to their pay and conditions.

Theatre nurses and technicians were facing pay cuts and extra unsocial hours.

But Unison branch secretary Geoff Thorne said that talks following a union mass meeting had made “substantial headway”.


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Tue 18 Mar 2008, 19:07 GMT
Issue No. 2093
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