Fighting fire cuts in Sedgley
Campaigners fighting to save Sedgley fire station in the West Midlands have handed over a petition with 12,000 signatures opposing the closure to West Midlands Fire Authority.
The campaign is suppported by the FBU firefighters’ union and other local trade unions in Dudley.
It has received a lot of publicity in the local media and on regional TV news.
The fire authority has announced plans to close four fire stations in the Black Country area.
Fire support staff battle for jobs
Fire and rescue support workers in the Unison union have reacted with anger to plans for 33 redundancies announced last week by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
“We are shocked and taken aback by the nature of these cuts,” said Unison branch secretary Tony Phillips. “We are prepared to ballot our members on strike action if employers do not enter meaningful negotiations.”
The FBU has called a lobby of parliament on Wednesday 12 November to protest against government plans that firefighters say will compromise their safety. The union is opposing the merger of 46 fire control rooms across England into eight regional centres.
Sussex striking to defend pensions
Technical staff at the University of Sussex held their second one-day strike on Friday of last week.
The strikers, members of the Unite union, were taking action over management’s proposal to close their final salary pension scheme to new starters and increase contributions for those already in the scheme.
The workers have had good support on both strike days with university lecturers coming to the picket line and bus drivers and wagon drivers respecting the picket lines.
To send messages of support and contributions please contact Jeremy Maris, chair of the joint trade unions, on 07790 632 316.
Eurostar dispute – a correction
In the 2113 issue of Socialist Worker, 9 August 2008, Roselyne Fong, an RMT union rep at Eurostar, was mis‑attributed with the quote, “The union hopes that OCS does not have its contract renewed when it is up again soon, becauseof the way it treats its workers.”
In fact the words were those of RMT regional organiser Brian Whitehead, who has asked us to point out that he also called for the cleaning contract to be brought in-house.
We are happy to set the record straight.