Shelter workers to walk out again
Around 450 workers at the Shelter housing charity are set to join the action on “Fightback Thursday”. Shelter workers in the Unite union have called a 48-hour strike starting on 24 April – the same day that hundreds of thousands of other workers are set to strike.
The Shelter workers struck for two days last month, the first strikes in the 41 years of the charity’s existence. They are fighting management plans to downgrade posts and impose longer hours for no extra pay.
Protesting against fire station closures in Hull
Some 120 firefighters lobbied Humberside Fire Authority on Friday 11 April over plans to close four fire stations in the area.
The protest was part of a strong campaign by the Fire Brigades Union that has put management on the defensive. Councillors decided to defer the closure plans for three months.
Separately, some 100 people joined a march on Thursday of last week against plans to shut Hull’s Citizens Advice Bureau.
The council wants to transfer funding to a private company to provide legal advice. A local housing advice centre is also threatened with closure.
Back the left in the PCS elections
Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union are voting in crucial elections for the union’s national executive.
Socialist Worker is urging people to vote for the left wing Democracy Alliance, which is made up of the Left Unity and PCS Democrats groups that currently run the executive. It has pledged to fight against job cuts and for fair pay for all.
Socialist Worker supporters Sue Bond, Andy Reid and Paul Williams are standing as part of the Democracy Alliance. The ballot closes on 6 May. For more go to » www.leftunity.org.uk
Karen Reissmann parliament lobby
Supporters of Karen Reissmann, the Manchester nurse and trade union activist sacked for speaking out against cuts and privatisation, are planning a major lobby of parliament on Wednesday 7 May.
The lobby is backed by Karen’s Unison union nationally. It will see hundreds of trade unionists asking their MPs to support Early Day Motion 443, tabled by John Leech MP.
Standing up for a fighting Unison
Socialist Worker is backing United Left and other candidates in the Unison union service group executive elections, including:
- Health: London, Janet Maiden and Len Hockey; North West female seat, Caroline Bedale
- Local government: Yorkshire & Humberside, John McDermott and Vikki Perrin; London, David Eggmore and Sonia Howard; West Midlands, Dave Hughes; South West, Jeremy Guise and Amanda Brown; Scotland, Duncan Smith
- Higher education: Matt Raine