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Issue No. 2345

Visteon pensioners march for justice

More than 200 former Visteon workers, their relatives and supporters marched for pensions justice in London on Wednesday of last week.

The protest marked the fourth anniversary of Visteon going bankrupt. The firm was created by outsourcing Ford workers in 2000.

Workers were promised that their Ford terms would be protected. 

But they had to occupy factories to win redundancy payouts and are still fighting for their pensions.

DLR train stoppage for cleaners’ wages

Cleaners and security staff working for Carlisle on Docklands Light Railway, London were set to strike for 48 hours from 5.30am on Thursday of this week. The workers, who are in the RMT union, want the London Living Wage of £8.30 an hour.

The RMT called off a train cleaners’ strike planned for last Saturday after a revised offer from management.

The cleaners work for Churchill on Arriva Wales. 

Say no to low pay offer on the buses

Three days of strikes planned by bus drivers at Go North East have been called off following a new offer.

The Unite union members are being balloted on a 2 percent increase backdated to July 2012, plus 0.5 percent from April of this year and another 2 percent from July.

This is below inflation and below the union’s original demand. And it is to be funded by “productivity improvements”.

Workers should reject the offer and strike.

Harsh welcome for Lib Dems in Dundee

Around 200 people turned up for a noisy and foul-mouthed lobby of the small Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Dundee on Saturday of last week.

Only one pig-headed delegate was brave enough to cross the road and talk to protesters. He said that without the Lib Dems the Tories’ policies would be much worse. But how?

The protest was called by the Scottish TUC.

Anna Potrykus

Tories make mass sackings easier

The government was set to sneak through legislation making it easier to sack workers this week. This would cut the period of consultation for sackings of more than 100 workers from 90 days to just 45.

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Thu 21 Mar 2013, 15:42 GMT
Issue No. 2345
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