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Issue No. 2348

BBC tour guides show the way

BBC tour guides in the Bectu union struck from Thursday morning to Sunday evening last week.

The workers, mostly women working part time, walked out against a 17 percent pay cut.

The cuts have been proposed as part of the BBC’s Delivering Quality First agenda which aims to slash the BBC’s budget by 20 percent.

NUJ and Bectu union members struck across the BBC for 12 hours last month. 

Unions say cuts to staffing levels are leading to poor working conditions. 


Don’t cart off our wages, say farmers

Agricultural workers in the Unite union and their supporters were set to protest at the office of Norwich South Lib Dem MP Simon Wright on Thursday of this week.

MPs are set to vote on scrapping the Agricultural Wages Board in a government amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

This will open up 150,000 agricultural workers to attacks on their wages and working rights. 

The protest will assemble with a traditional horse and cart at its head at 1.30pm in Carrow Road, Norwich.


Workers’ anger is building in Leeds

Workers maintaining Leeds City Council homes are set to vote in a consultative ballot over redundancies and pay cuts.

They are members of the GMB, Unite and Ucatt unions employed by private contractor Morrison Facilities Services.

Ucatt is set to meet senior council officials next week, after Morrison bosses refused to consult unions.


Post office strike held up for talks

A second round of strikes planned to hit Crown Post Offices on Friday of this week has been called off after bosses offered new talks.

The workers are members of the CWU union. They struck on Easter Saturday against proposed closures and a continuing pay freeze.

Dorset activists are getting fracked off

Some 30 people attended a meeting on capitalism and the climate in Dorchester on Saturday of last week.

It was organised by Dorset Socialists. This follows an 80 strong meeting against hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, organised by Frack Free Dorset last month.

Tim Nicholls, coordinator Dorset Socialists


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Tue 9 Apr 2013, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2348
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