Camden traffic wardens to strike
Traffic wardens working for Camden council in north London plan to walk out for three days this week. The 160 workers, employed by privateer NSL, are fighting for better pay and conditions.
The strike was set to begin on Thursday of this week. The Unison union members unanimously rejected the company’s latest derisory offer.
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DVLA staff walk out over clousures
Thousands of workers in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) struck for three hours on Friday of last week over cuts. The walkout involved PCS union members in Swansea and other parts of south Wales.
The Tories plan to close DVLA offices and move work to its headquarters in Swansea. The PCS says this will threaten over 1,200 jobs and damage the quality of the service.
Meanwhile 55,000 PCS members in HM Revenue and Customs are continuing action short of a strike over job cuts and privatisation. They plan to strike in early September.
Attacks on jobs sparks protest
Workers protested at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) headquarters on Wednesday of last week. The PCS union members were demonstrating against job cuts in the department.
Workers there are also facing attacks on pay and conditions along with the threat of privatisation. The union is considering balloting its 3,500 members in Defra and its agencies for industrial action.
Quay workers vote to accept deal
Quay assistants at Portsmouth International Port have voted to accept a deal that would see them keep their contracts. Portsmouth City Council had tried to introduce new contracts that would have worsened conditions. The deal was struck after Unite members voted strongly for industrial action.
Kate Hudson stands for Respect
Veteran anti-war campaigner Kate Hudson is standing for Respect in the Manchester Central by-election. Kate is standing on an anti-cuts ticket for the seat.