Sunderland print workers on strike
Workers in the Unite union at Paragon print company in Sunderland struck on Tuesday of this week and were set to strike again on Friday. This follows action on the same days of last week.
The company is trying to cut shift and overtime premiums, even though its profits more than doubled last year.
More jobs to go at Leicester factory
Workers at RF Brookes pie factory in Leicester face another 150 job cuts, on top of 200 bosses already made. Supporters protested in the city on Saturday.
BFAWU bakers’ union members at the plant struck in June against plans to cut redundancy pay. They suspended strikes for talks. The union now fears the factory will close.
Ratcliffe workers defend their rep
Rank and file activists are calling for protests at Ratcliffe on Soar power station in Nottinghamshire on Thursday of this week.
They are demanding the reinstatement of Unite union health and safety rep Jason Poulter.
Jason was dismissed earlier this year, then reinstated following an unofficial strike. But he has now been made redundant.
Protests target the Olympic torch
Protests took place in London on Saturday of last week as the Olympic torch was carried across the city.
Campaigners in Barnet, north London, held an “alternative torch rally” against the Tory council’s privatisation plans.
The Campaign Against Climate Change organised “climate games” in central London, including a race to a zero carbon economy.
In Stratford, east London, runners took the “poverty torch” past the Atherton Leisure Centre, where a swimming pool was closed earlier this year.