Greenwich picket against cuts
by Lynne Chamberlain
Greenwich Unison held a lively picket at Woolwich Town Hall on Wednesday against the London council’s proposals to privatise its trading company, cut adult services and force pay cuts for plumbers.
Besides speakers from the Unison union, a CWU union rep spoke of the similarities of our struggles and promised solidarity against the plans.
Local Unite, GMB and UCU union branches also promised support.
A public meeting will be held shortly. We hope that all local unions will come and help start a mass campaign in the area.
Duvet days for quilt workers
Around 80 workers in the Unite union at quilt and pillow makers Bedcrest in Manchester started a series of 24-hour strikes on Monday.
They are due to strike again three more times this month, and an overtime ban is also operating.
The workers make bedding that is sold to supermarkets, including Tesco.
They are angry over proposals to cut shift pay by 5 percent over two years and cut holidays by three days.
Tram workers call off strike
Tram drivers and conductors in Nottingham called off their strike after receiving a new offer from management.
The GMB union members struck on Monday of last week, after which management backed down on a nil pay offer and proposed reduction in sick pay.
They were set to strike again on Monday of this week.
The company has offered a 1 percent pay increase and no reductions in sick pay.
Union witch-hunt: defend the four
Last week Socialist Worker reported that four Socialist Party members in the Unison union had been banned from office for three years.
However, it has now come to light that, while Glenn Kelly and Onay Kasab were given a three-year ban, Suzanne Muna was in fact given a four-year ban and Brian Debus an incredible five-year ban from holding office.
The ridiculous punishment is supposedly for giving out a racially offensive leaflet at the union’s 2007 conference.
But the leaflet was not racist at all. The ban is just the latest stage of the union’s witch-hunt against socialists.
The four are to appeal against the decision. Email messages of protest to Unison leader Dave Prentis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grimsby drivers walk out over pay
Workers in the Unite union at Associated Coldstores and Transport in Grimsby walked out over a pay offer and shift patterns on Saturday.
The company wants to cut the drivers’ pay.