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Issue No. 2114

Acas ballot at lack of talks

Over 630 PCS civil service workers’ union members at the Acas conciliation service are balloting for strikes over pay.

The dispute follows delays in settling this year’s pay and a pay remit management submitted to the treasury, which the union believes will result in real term pay cuts.

Workers were due a pay rise on 1 August but negotiations haven’t even begun yet.

This follows a ten month hold up of last year’s pay offer.

The ballot runs until 27 August.

Eddie Fleming wins tribunal

Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union were celebrating last week at

the news that Eddie Fleming, the sacked chair of the Child Support Agency Hastings branch, won his Employment Tribunal over unfair dismissal.

Eddie was sacked in November on charges that related to his trade union activities. Members rallied to his defence.

Eddie told Socialist Worker, “This is a good victory for the trade union movement. I would like to thank everyone for their support for my campaign.”

Socialist Worker will run a more extensive interview in a future issue.

Walkout wins a new offer at plant

Workers at B Braun Medical’s manufacturing plant in Shalesmoor, Sheffield, have been considering a new pay offer after staging the first in a series of planned one day strikes.

Action was suspended by the 50 GMB union members at the factory after the offer was made.

Workers walked out after rejecting a 3.5 percent pay offer and a 1.5 percent bonus in return for working 45 hours a week – ten hours more than their current standard working week.

They have been seeking a 12 percent rise.

Nine out of ten GMB members had voted for action and eight out of ten had also voted for a strike in a ballot.

Karen Reissmann for Unison NEC

Sacked trade union activist and nurse Karen Reissmann a member of the Unison union, was sacked after speaking out against cuts and privatisation in Manchester mental health services.

A massive campaign for her reinstatement, including prolonged strike action by 800 mental health workers, followed.

Her supporters are now preparing for the first day of the tribunal on

Monday 1 September in Manchester, where they will ensure a huge show of support for Karen.

Karen is also a candidate in a by-election for Unison’s national executive. Voting closes on 26 August.

Send messages of support for Karen Reissmann to [email protected]

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Tue 12 Aug 2008, 19:15 BST
Issue No. 2114
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