- CIVILIAN SUPPORT staff working for Greater Manchester Police halted their latest in a series of one day strikes last week while their union, UNISON, went into arbitration talks with the employer. The staff had previously taken three one day strikes in protest at a job evaluation that recommends pay cuts for some staff of up to �5,000 a year.
- DERBYSHIRE'S home helps' long running dispute with the Labour council continues. The council plans to impose a form of electronic tagging of workers. Last week the workers were enraged to receive a letter from the council threatening to cut their wages by 15 percent.
- THE FIGHT to stop Birmingham's Labour run council from privatising five elderly people's homes continues. The campaign is seeking a judicial review. It is planning a lobby of the high court in London on Friday 21 January at 10am. The Residents' Action Group for the Elderly (RAGE) has also called a demonstration in Birmingham on Saturday 26 February, assembling outside the Birmingham Council House at 12.30pm.
- For information on the campaign and coach details to the High Court lobby telephone Laura on 0121 743 4434 or Birmingham UNISON on 0121 631 1136.
OVER 120 people attended a public meeting called by Sefton UNISON over the Liberal-run council's plan to privatise the council home care service. One of the private sector care workers who attended the meeting spoke about working for �4.11 an hour with no sick pay and no holiday pay. Meetings were due to be held this week in Sefton council to vote on whether workers want an industrial action ballot. A lobby of Sefton Council was also due to take place on Thursday of this week.
- Fax messages of support to the UNISON office on 0150 934 4763.
ASHFIELD COUNCIL has been forced to retreat on threats to privatise council homes after protests over its attack on a leading local trade unionist who helped oppose the plans. The east Midlands Lab our run council's threat to sell off council homes sparked protests from UNISON members and local tenants.
Council chiefs suspended joint UNISON branch secretary Richard Buckwell. But they were forced to reinstate him after angry lobbies by workers and tenants, and an indicative vote by workers that they would be prepared to strike. The council still planned to haul him before a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday, however. A lobby was planned to force Ashfield council to back down.