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Issue No. 2133

Teacher sacked over his trainers

Teachers at St Paul’s Way secondary school in Bow Common, east London, are threatening strike action over the dismissal of Adrian Swain, their NUT union rep.

Adrian Swain has been officially disciplined for wearing trainers in the school after a new dress code was introduced.

But workers suspect that the real reason for the disciplinary action is his trade union activity and that his dismissal is part of an attempt by management to weaken the union.

The teachers are planning a meeting to discuss whether to ballot for strike action.

DLR bosses back off on rosters

The RMT transport union suspended industrial action by Docklands Light Railway (DLR) control room staff in London, set for Monday of this week, after management withdrew rosters it had intended to impose, pending further talks.

RMT members were scheduled to begin a work to rule and overtime ban after voting overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike. The union had also planned to ballot its entire DLR membership.

Scottish Water action turned off

Workers at Scottish Water called off their planned industrial action over Christmas after receiving a last minute new pay offer.

The Unison, Unite and GMB union members were to begin an overtime and emergency cover ban from 4pm on Christmas Eve.

But management then offered workers a 7.75 percent pay rise over 27 months.

The unions will now ballot their members on the deal.

Karen Reissmann needs your help

Manchester mental health nurse Karen Reissmann, who was sacked for speaking out against privatisation, needs to raise over £10,000 to continue her case against Manchester Mental Health Trust.

A legal fund has been launched to help raise the money.

A campaign speaker is set to tour London on Monday to Wednesday of next week.

The campaign is asking union activists to organise meetings in their workplaces. Please contact the campaign for more information.

Donations to the fund can be made to Karen Reissmann Legal Defence Fund, Unity Trust Bank, sort code 08-60-01, account number 20215859.

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Tue 6 Jan 2009, 18:40 GMT
Issue No. 2133
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