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Journalists protest over BBC job cuts | Kent post strike lifted for talks | Glasgow protest at police operation | Walthamstow says ‘Never Again!’ |Stirling and Cross country train strikes |Merseyside TUC meeting calls for general strike

Issue No. 2338

Journalists protest over BBC job cuts

Members of the National Union of Journalists plan a work to rule at BBC Scotland.

The action was set to start on Friday of this week in response to the threat of compulsory redundancies.

Meanwhile Bectu union members at BBC Cardiff have voted to walk out in solidarity with a union rep who faces compulsory redundancy.

The rep has worked for the BBC for 28 years. No date has yet been set for the action.

A reasonable and modest paper cut

Paper manufacturing workers in the Unite union have voted to accept a 2.6 percent pay increase.

The national agreement with the bosses’ Confederation of Paper Industries covers more than 2,500 workers.

Some 78 percent voted for the increase on a 70 percent turnout.

Unite national officer Steve Sibbald called it “modest, but reasonable”.

Kent post strike lifted for talks

Whitstable postal workers were due to strike last Saturday but their CWU union called off the action while talks continued.

Royal Mail wants to shut the Whitstable office, in Kent where about 50 workers are based, and move the work to Canterbury.

Residents staged a protest against the planned closure last Saturday.

Glasgow protest at police operation

Over 200 people took to the streets of Pollokshields in Glasgow on Saturday of last week.

They were protesting over a police operation the previous week that escorted 12 members of the fascist Scottish Defence League (SDL) through the area.

Unite Against Fascism called the protest.

Local people joined trade unionists from Unison, the EIS and Unite unions, alongside local politicians and community groups.

Anti-fascist protesters are determined to strongly resist any future attempts by the SDL to sow the seeds of division and race hatred.

Helen Blair

Walthamstow says ‘Never Again!’

Up to 200 people came to Walthamstow Unite Against Fascism’s Never Again event in east London last weekend.

The event was to remember the Holocaust and discuss the best way to fight the Nazis today.

Stirling and Cross country train strikes

Train managers, senior conductors and catering staff employed by Cross Country trains were set to strike on

Monday of next week.

The strike is over Sunday working and disclplinary procedures.The workers are in the RMT union.

Stirling signallers are set to strike for 24 hours on Saturday.

They suspended a planned strike last weekend following a revised offer from management which they rejected.

The RMT members have repeatedly struck for 12 hour rosters.

Merseyside TUC meeting calls for general strike

Some 120 trade unionists at Merseyside TUC’s conference on Saturday of last week called for the TUC to name the day for a general strike.

Speakers from the POA and UCU unions made the case. They were the unions that moved the motion to consider the practicalities of a general strike at the TUC last year.

John Hendy QC put the case that a general strike could be legal under human rights legislation.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey spelt out plans for campaigning, but refused to support the call for naming the day. Instead he put the case for selective strikes—and he didn’t stay to debate with PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh and others.

Geoff Brown

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Fri 15 Mar 2013, 15:32 GMT
Issue No. 2338
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