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Issue No. 2374

Second post walkout in Burnley

Post workers in Burnley walked out in support of a suspended colleague for a second time on Friday of last week.

All Communication Workers Union (CWU) members at the delivery office in Bank Parade struck two weeks ago after the worker was suspended.


March to defend abortion rights

Pro-choice activists were set to march in east London on Saturday of this week. 

They will assemble at 12 noon at BPAS, 32-36 Romford Road, E15 4BZ.


Barnet bosses put council jobs at risk

Capita PLC wants to relocate Barnet Council services across Britain.

The plan, announced on Monday of this week, will mean hundreds of job losses in Barnet, north London.

Capita PLC won the contract to deliver services last November. 

It has said it will hold a 90-day consultation with workers and unions.


Hundreds protest at Newport mural demolition

Around 400 people gathered in Newport, South Wales, last Saturday to protest at the demolition of the city’s Chartist mural.

Some 4,000 people had signed a petition against the demolition, but Newport Council demolished it on Thursday of last week.

Charlotte Bloxham, daughter of the artist who created it, said, “It is sad his work could not be preserved.”

Des Mannay


Strong vote for strikes at Liverpool University 

Unison union members at Liverpool University have voted overwhelmingly to reject management attacks on their pay. 

It follows an 88 percent vote by members to hold a ballot for industrial action.

The ballot involves support staff working in catering, cleaning and building management services.


University workers threaten walkouts

Unison was set to announce the result of a strike ballot of its members in higher education as Socialist Worker went to press.

UCU and Unite union members in higher education are also balloting for strikes against a derisory 1 percent pay deal. 

UCU’s ballot was set to end on Thursday of this week and Unite’s on Monday of next week.


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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
Issue No. 2374
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