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Issue No. 2380

Barristers threaten to strike over cuts

Hundreds of criminal barristers from around Britain unanimously voted in favour of a strike if the government’s proposed further cuts to legal aid go ahead.

The vote took place on Saturday of last week at the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) national delegates’ conference at Lincoln’s Inn in London.

The CBA represents more than 4,000 lawyers.

Bus rep waiting for disciplinary results

Unite union rep Robert Chung was waiting for the result of a disciplinary hearing as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Bosses at Metroline’s Willesden bus garage in north west London suspended Robert after he raised safety concerns during the big storm that hit Britain a few weeks ago. 

Strike planned at Heathrow airport

Around 100 workers were set to strike at London Heathrow airport on Thursday and Friday of this week.

They are members of the Unite union employed by Menzies World Cargo on a contract for DHL. 

They are paid up to 22 percent less than workers doing the same job on other contracts, and the company is trying to freeze their pay.

Protests win better redundancy terms

Manufacturing workers in the Unite union at Hypertac in north London have won improved redundancy terms after protests and a letter writing campaign to Hypertac owners Smiths Group.

The 30 women workers have been on the shop floor a long time—some almost 40 years—but are all to be made redundant next month.

The company still intends to pay workers not in Unite only the statutory minimum redundancy pay. 

Lloyd’s bosses attack pensions

Bosses at Lloyds bank are attacking the pensions of 35,000 workers—a third of its workforce, mostly women based in local branches.

It is freezing pensionable pay in the final salary pension scheme. This move would see inflation knock thousands of pounds off workers’ retirement pay.

But Lloyds boss Antonio Horta Osorio is set to receive shares worth more than £2 million this week.

The Accord union is preparing to hold a strike ballot to defend pensions.

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Tue 19 Nov 2013, 17:21 GMT
Issue No. 2380
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