Upbeat bus pickets take on scabbing
First Devon and Cornwall bus drivers struck on Thursday of last week over pay. The RMT union members had rejected a revised offer from management. Workers are demanding a pay rise and that all drivers are paid the same rate of pay for doing the same job.
Managers drove a few buses out. But strikers sent out scouts to check that bosses weren’t getting scabs to sign on at route ends. One driver turned up for work who hadn’t heard about the strike and joined the picket line to a huge cheer.
Tube workers get set for walkouts
London Underground maintenance, upgrade and emergency workers employed by Tube Lines were set to strike on Friday and Saturday of this week. The RMT union members want equal pension and travel pass rights to other tube workers.
Tube Lines was set up as part of a Public Private Partnership in 2003. It has since been bought up by Transport for London. But the workers receive no free staff travel or discounted mainline railway travel, and lower pensions or none at all.
Talks begin in Stobart dispute
Talks at the Acas conciliation service began last week between the Unite union and Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL). Over 180 Tesco drivers have been in dispute with ESL over its plans to sack them.
They have struck for five days so far over the past two months, and protested outside Tesco stores. ESL issued termination of employment notices within weeks of taking over the drivers’ contracts from Tesco.
BBC workers to be balloted over jobs
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has announced that it will ballot its members at the BBC against planned job cuts. BBC management plans further cuts and has said that these will be partly be made by compulsory redundancies.
Their latest target for cuts is Asian Network radio. The bosses’ cuts programme has outlined how the 20 percent cuts will be implemented. It could result in more than 2,000 job losses across the corporation.
Meanwhile Financial Times journalist Dave Crouch has been elected to the NUJ executive. Socialist Worker supported Dave, who has put forward a strategy to rebuild the union.