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Issue No. 2378

Park Academy school cleaners demand living wage

Cleaners at Park Academy in Sheffield were set to strike for the living wage on Wednesday of this week. 

This would give the GMB union members a rise from £6.32 an hour to £7.45.

They plan to protest outside the town hall from 12 noon.

The cleaners were outsourced to the contractor Ocean earlier this year.


Conel protest against a 23 percent pay cut

Cleaners at Conel (College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London) in the GMB union were set to demonstrate at the college’s Tottenham site on Friday of this week.

They are angry that Ocean, the contractor that employs them, plans to pay them only in term time to “save money”. This would cut their employment from 51 weeks a year to 39 next January. 

For staff on the minimum wage this will be a pay cut of 23 percent.

Friday 7 November, Assemble 8.30am, Tottenham Centre, Conel, High Road, N15 4RU


London Met against zero hours deals

The UCU union at London Metropolitan University has called a public meeting over zero hours contracts.

It says management at the university regularly uses zero hours contracts, where workers aren’t guaranteed any working hours.

Meeting with Jeremy Corbyn MP, Hovis striker, Liz Lawrence (vice president UCU). Wednesday 13 November, 5.30pm, Room GCG08, Tower Block (opposite Holloway Road tube station)


Lambeth lobby to stop college sell-off

College workers, students and others plan to lobby Lambeth council in south London to stop the selloff of a college building.

Management plans to sell the Brixton Hill campus to residential property developers. The lobby is set to take place on Wednesday 20 November. 

facebook.com/events/247537558728915 


Justice Alliance demands opposition to legal aid cuts

The 120 charities and organisations that make up the Justice Alliance gathered last week outside the Liberal Democrat headquarters to hand in a letter urging Nick Clegg to halt legal aid cuts.

The letter, signed by unions including Unite and PCS, demands that Nick Clegg commits to answering Lib Dem members’ call to end attacks on legal aid.


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Tue 5 Nov 2013, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2378
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