Mess hands to walk out at RAF bases
Some 240 workers were set to strike at eight RAF bases around Britain on Thursday of this week. They are members of the GMB and Unite unions employed by contractor ISS for services in the mess hall, stores and cleaning.
They voted overwhelmingly to strike for a better pay offer. They rejected a below inflation offer that would give some workers a measly 2p an hour extra.
Firefighters turn up pressure on Boris
Firefighters were set to protest at London mayor Boris Johnson’s question time on Wednesday of this week.
He is pushing through massive cuts to London’s fire service, including 12 station closures. The protest, at 9am at City Hall, was called by the London FBU union.
Solidarity march for Turkey protests
Thousands of Turkish and Kurdish people surged up Green Lanes in Haringey, North London on Saturday evening of last week in a vibrant display of solidarity with Taksim Square.
Bystanders clapped and cheered as Turkish chants filled the air. Many protesters brought pots and pans, and whistles. Young people also chanted in English for “one solution, revolution”.
Simon Hester, chair of Haringey TUC
Protest for union rights in new port
The Unite union has launched a campaign for union rights at the new London Gateway deep sea container port in Essex.
The port is due to open in the autumn and is already recruiting dockers. But it has refused to engage with unions or allow collective bargaining.
Unite demonstrated at the headquarters of DP World, the company that owns the port, last week, and plans to target its major clients if the firm doesn’t negotiate.
Hearing for tube cleaners’ RMT rep
Clara Osagiede, cleaners’ secretary in the RMT union on London Underground, was called to a disciplinary hearing as Socialist Worker went to press.
Bosses at cleaning company Initial were expected to have had to drop some charges.
Clara took up full time union work after a hearing in February last year.
- Send messages of protest at Clara’s treatment to Initial bosses Martin Kersey firstname.lastname@example.org and Graham Thwartes email@example.com