Strike ballot looms on London Underground
The RMT rail union says it plans to ballot maintenance workers on London Underground for strikes against attacks on workers terms and conditions.
The union said, “The company plans to reduce maintenance frequencies, cut jobs and replace skilled staff with unreliable automated processes.”
Mitie cleaners set for a three-day walkout
Cleaners working for Mitie on First Great Western trains out of Paddington station in London plan to escalate action against poverty pay to a three-day strike this week.
They are set to strike from 6am on Friday of this week to 6am Monday of next week to demand a minimum £8.55 an hour.
Pickets and protests will start from 7am on Friday.
A demonstration is also planned for 12 noon on Friday at the First Great Western headquarters, Milford House, 1 Milford St, Swindon SN1 1HL
To support the striking Mitie cleaners on Twitter go to @rmtunion
Aslef suspends drivers’ action
The Aslef transport union has called off a planned drivers’ strike at TransPennine Express.
The walkout was set to take place on Tuesday of this week.
A further strike, planned for Saturday of this week, has also been suspended as has a planned overtime ban.
The union says this is because of “mutually satisfactory talks” between it and bosses.
Strike ballot result due at UPS Camden
UPS parcel delivery drivers and loaders in Camden, central London, are balloting for strikes.
The ballot, by around 120 members of the Unite union, is set to end on Friday of this week.
Workers say they face unreasonable workloads, bullying and also forced overtime.
Building workers reject poor pay deal
Construction workers in the Ucatt, Unite and GMB unions have rejected a pay offer.
The offer is a multi-year deal for 4.5 percent until September 2016.
Unions say this will mean a pay cut in real terms.
They add that workers have suffered a real terms pay cut of 12 percent since 2008.
More talks are set to take place this month.