Workers will show who has power
National Grid workers in Newcastle are set to strike on Friday of this week over plans to outsource work, which they fear will lead to job losses.
The members of the GMB and Unison unions say that hundreds of jobs are threatened in Newcastle, Warwick and Northampton. The workers voted by 95 percent for action.
GMB national officer Gary Smith said, “A hugely profitable business is threatening to sack loyal and dedicated staff.
“Hundreds of jobs are at risk at these three locations. This is despite recording profits of £3 billion and guaranteeing large bonuses to directors and an 8 percent return to shareholders.”
‘Swim-in’ protests against pool shutdown
The Save Coseley Baths Campaign last week organised a protest against Dudley council’s decision to close the leisure facility.
The hundreds who joined the protest outside the baths received good coverage in the local press and television news. Campaigners and local residents joined with swimmers, trade unionists, two local Labour MPs, and Labour councillors.
The chair of the campaign congratulated swimmers who took part in a swim-in protest and had refused to leave the pool at the time it was to close.
The protest only ended when management called the police, who then threatened to remove swimmers’ belongings from the lockers.
Crunch time for Cadbury
Cadbury workers have voted by eight to one for strike action over pay in a consultative ballot. The Unite union is now to formally ballot over 1,000 workers for strikes.
The workers are angry that management has refused to honour the final year of a three year pay deal. Workers were due a minimum rise of 2 percent for 2009 but bosses want to impose just 0.5 percent.
Action will hit chocolate factories at Bournville in Birmingham, Chirk in north east Wales and Marlbrook in Herefordshire.
Refuse workers go into talks
Refuse workers in Liverpool, who have been taking industrial action since last month, have agreed to attend talks at the conciliation service Acas this week.
We’re all going on a summer holiday
Workers from Sovereign’s garage in Harrow went on their first work’s outing to Bournemouth last week.
The trip, funded by the company, was the result of a militant campaign by Unite union members for better conditions at the garage.