Students vote at crucial conference
Delegates to this week’s annual conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) were voting on whether to transform their campaigning body into something more akin to a lobby group as Socialist Worker went to press.
The current leadership of the union is determined to ram through changes that will greatly reduce democracy and hand power to “professionals”.
They will face significant resistance from those who believe that NUS must reflect the growing political radicalisation that exists on many college campuses.
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An historic strike for PCS in Wales
Workers at the seven sites of Amgueddfa Cymru: National Museum Wales were set to strike on Thursday of this week over the imposition of a below inflation pay deal.
The PCS civil service workers’ union members voted by an overwhelming 82 percent to take action.
The action will result in the closure to the public of all the sites including the National Museum Cardiff, Big Pit Mining Museum in Blaenavon and National History Museum St Fagans, Wales’s biggest single tourist attraction.
This is the first strike in the museum’s 101-year history. Management have imposed the deal despite a clear rejection in a ballot.
Neil Harrison, branch secretary, National Museum Cardiff (pc)
Fighting cutbacks in west London
Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in west London are campaigning against the planned closure of three job centres in their area.
The government wants to slash thousands of jobs and hundreds of offices in the Department for Work and Pensions. It has targeted job centres in Shepherds Bush, Kilburn and Feltham.
The PCS has organised public meetings against the closures of these vital offices. Local MPs will be speaking in Shepherds Bush on Thursday of this week, Kilburn on Wednesday of next week and Feltham on Friday of next week.
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Firefighters march against closures in Hull
Some 300 firefighters and their supporters marched through Hull on Saturday of last week to oppose the closure of four fire stations in the Humberside area.
Thousands have objected to the planned closures.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, joined the protest and pledged that if any cuts are made firefighters would be balloted for action.
A lobby of the fire authority is planned for Friday 11 April 9.30am, Fire Brigade HQ, Summergroves Way, Hull.
Sheffield health workers strike
A group of 12 health workers in Sheffield has voted to strike indefinitely in a row over pay cuts that could cost each worker £3,000 a year – despite the fact they earn just £14,000 now.
The workers, who are members of the Unison union, deliver surgical instruments to the city’s adult hospitals.
Yunus Bakhsh employment tribunal
The employment tribunal brought by leading health service trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh against the NHS trust that has suspended him from work for more than 18 months was postponed this week.
No new date has so far been issued.
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