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Paddy Brennan gets reinstated | Double trouble on Barnsley buses | Deal discussions in Southampton | Students occupy to support N30 | Justice for Atos protesters | Progress in Fujitsu talks | Nazis cancel Christmas

Issue No. 2280

Paddy Brennan gets reinstated

The Unite union convenor at Honda in Swindon, Paddy Brennan, has been reinstated—four months after being suspended on what workers described as “trumped up charges”.

Paddy was suspended after highlighting concerns about management attempts to change a deal on double time payments for Saturday working.

“I’m pleased to be able to return to work and to represent our members,” Paddy told Socialist Worker.

Double trouble on Barnsley buses

Bus workers in South Yorkshire were set to strike on Friday and Saturday of this week over pay. The Unite members are demanding that their employer, Stagecoach, pays a top rate of £9 an hour.

The workers have struck twice already this month. Stagecoach tried to break the strike by drafting in 100 scab drivers to operate the routes.

Send messages of support to Unite Barnsley steward Stuart Bacon at 33 Dearne Road, Brampton, Barnsley S73 0XA. Donations made out to Unite Barnsley should be sent to the same address

Deal discussions in Southampton

Stewards at Southampton council are set to meet to discuss whether to renew their campaign of strikes.

Unison and Unite union members took rolling action throughout the summer in their fight against 5 percent pay cuts.

The council offered a deal with slightly lower pay cuts. But last week workers in all unions at the council voted to reject it in a ballot.

The Southampton council workers will join the strikes on 30 November. A big campaign of strikes after that is the only way to make bosses back off.

Students occupy to support N30

Student occupations sprang up across Britain last week.

In Cambridge, education campaigners stormed a talk by universities minister David Willetts. They shut it down and went into occupation.

Other occupations include Goldsmiths in south London. The college will now be completely shut on the strike day. Students also occupied in central London and Birmingham.

Justice for Atos protesters

Around 40 people demonstrated outside Nottingham magistrates court last Friday to support a pensioner and a wheelchair user arrested on a protest against Atos Healthcare.

The defendants were charged with aggravated trespass for a protest at Atos’s Nottingham offices in September.

Their trial is scheduled to begin in February.

Progress in Fujitsu talks

Workers in the Unite union at IT giant Fujitsu in Manchester voted to further suspend their industrial action after recent talks.

This follows two strike days at the company in June and September.

Progress has been made in making the company adhere to agreements with the union. On other issues, including agreements over pay, workers are holding out. Workers are expected to vote on a new offer by 20 January.

Alan Jenney is a former Unite rep who was made redundant by Fujitsu in Crewe. He had his case taken to conciliation service Acas after workers struck demanding his reinstatement. Alan’s position has now been resolved to both parties’ satisfaction.

Nazis cancel Christmas

A primary school in Sheffield has been forced to cancel its Christmas fair after threats from the fascist British National Party (BNP).

The BNP has targeted the Grenoside primary school ever since it announced plans to consult with parents over extending sex education classes to younger pupils.

One mother told the Sheffield Star newspaper that the BNP had been intimidating staff, children and parents.

EIS to hold first strike in 25 years

The Scottish teachers’ union EIS met last Friday as it prepared for its first national strike in 25 years on

30 November. The main debate focused on the way forward after the strike.

A motion to consider further strike action in the New Year was passed.

But unfortunately one that committed the union to call more strikes was defeated.

Andrew Fullwood, EIS Council (personal capacity)

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Mon 28 Nov 2011, 13:46 GMT
Issue No. 2280
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