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Issue No. 2325

Show us the 1972 documents

Construction workers are demanding the release of government documents relating to the 1972 builders’ strike.

Five months after the strike ended, 24 trade union members were charged with offences allegedly arising from picketing in Shrewsbury in September 1972.

Those convicted of conspiracy and jailed included Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson. Sign the petition here.


Heating engineers say no to freeze

Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers have rejected a two year pay offer by nine to one in a consultative ballot. It would freeze pay for the first year and give 1.5 percent in the second year.

Unite is demanding that the Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) improve its offer.

Meanwhile electricians covered by the JIB agreement have voted for a pay deal by 58 percent. That will mean 1.5 percent in 2013 and 2 percent in 2014.


An all-out strike is just the ticket

Traffic wardens in Camden, north London are being balloted for all-out strikes. The 160 Unison union members previously struck for five days in July and August for a living wage. The dispute has been long. But an indefinite strike has the power to make the bosses back down.


Travellers turn tables on Pickles

Travellers and their supporters were set to protest against communities secretary Eric Pickles on Friday of this week.

The protest marks a year since Basildon council began evicting Travellers at the Dale Farm site in Essex. Pickles has spearheaded attacks on Travellers.

Protesters plan to evict him from his office in central London. They will meet at 1pm at Victoria train station. The Traveller Solidarity Network called the protest.


Workers fight back at Salford council

Council workers in Salford voted to be balloted for strikes over pay at a series of mass meetings last week. Some 200 workers came to one Unison union meeting.

It was organised after the new mayor, Ian Stewart, announced a 2.5 percent cut to the pay budget. This could see more than half of the workforce lose money. The council also threatened to issue dismissal notices to force through re-grading.

Ameen Hadi, Salford City Unison treasurer (pc)


Strike vote at Fox’s biscuit factory

Workers at Fox’s Biscuits in Kirkham, Lancashire and Batley, West Yorkshire, have voted for strikes over pay.

The 400 BFAWU union members are fighting plans to cut sick pay, redundancy pay, bank holiday pay and overtime. Some 57 percent voted for a strike and 70 percent for action short of a strike.

John Appleyard


Ruling renews library cuts sit-in

Campaigners who have occupied a closed-down library in Barnet, north London can stay for now, a court ruled last week.

Friern Barnet library was shut down by the Tory council. But it was re-opened after being squatted by campaigners. Locals have brought in books to re-stock the empty shelves.

Judge Marc Marin ordered a full trial of the occupiers’ case. This could give them months longer in the library.


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Tue 16 Oct 2012, 16:05 BST
Issue No. 2325
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