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Issue No. 2332

Action on the menu in West Midlands

About 1,200 workers at factories in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands are being balloted for industrial action, including strikes. They are members of the Unite union employed by the 2 Sisters Food Group.

Workers face a derisory 20p an hour pay rise and harsh new shift patterns. Unite accuses the company of a culture of bullying. At one site the pay rise would be completely wiped out by a plan to start charging workers for parking.

Bin workers vote to strike against sack

Refuse workers in Bromley, south east London, have voted to strike over the sacking of four colleagues. Bosses at Veolia are refusing to reinstate the men, despite its appeals process finding them innocent of the charges they were sacked for.

Workers walked out unofficially for several hours in October. They are members of the Unite union. Send messages of support to [email protected]

Unison drops ‘wise monkeys’ case

The Unison union withdrew a case from the Court of Appeal against four Socialist Party members who were barred from holding office in the union.

Unison accused Glenn Kelly, Onay Kasab, Brian Debus and Suzanna Muna of racism in 2007 after they produced a leaflet featuring “three wise monkeys”. The activists had already won at both an Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Below inflation pay deal in engineering

Engineering and construction workers in the Unite union have agreed to a below inflation 7.7 percent three year pay deal. 

The Naeci agreement covers 50,000 construction workers. It applies to major construction projects across Britain, such as oil and gas, petrochemical and energy projects.

Fuel poverty demo targets Treasury

Protesters from Disabled People Against Cuts, Fuel Poverty Action and other organisations protested outside the Treasury in central London on Thursday of last week.

They were demanding action against winter deaths of people who can’t afford to heat their homes. George Osborne’s benefit cuts are making it worse.

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Tue 4 Dec 2012, 18:15 GMT
Issue No. 2332
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