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Issue No. 2387

Bus drivers walk out for higher pay

Workers at First buses in Weymouth and Bridport in Dorset struck on Monday of this week.

The Unite union members walked out over pay and conditions.

Their pay rates have fallen behind other drivers doing similar work even in the same company.

The union also wants a cut in the amount of time workers can work without a break.

Another strike is planned for Wednesday of next week.

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Tim Nicholls

Workers vote for action on DLR

RMT union members on the Serco Docklands Light Railway have voted by more than nine to one for strikes and action short of a strike.

The union is in dispute over a wide range of issues.

They include bosses stalling on talks over this year’s pay award, and abuse of disciplinary and attendance procedures.

The RMT also cites the use of agency and contract staff to undermine jobs and conditions, and failures on training, development and grade progression.

The union’s executive committee is now considering the ballot result.

Newsquest journalists launch a fight to save jobs

NUJ union members at Newsquest are balloting for strikes to save jobs.

Workers at Darlington began balloting on Friday of last week.

Those at Bradford and York were set to begin a ballot on Wednesday of this week.

Shetland construction workers considering offer

Construction workers on Shetland were meeting to discuss an offer from management as Socialist Worker went to press.

They work for Total’s main contractor Petrofac and its subcontractors Bilfinger Industrial Services (BIS), Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) and Randridge.

The 800 workers, who work three weeks on and one week off, are angry at having to share rooms in the 850 bed accommodation block.

If the offer is rejected the workers were set to strike on Friday. 

Scunthorpe steel deal accepted

Ucatt union members employed at the Tata Steel plant in Scunthorpe narrowly voted to accept an improved pay offer.

The 50 workers are employed by contractor Tube City to maintain the furnaces.

Workers struck in December last year, after the company refused to make a pay offer for 2013.

The offer from Tube City was a 1.2 percent increase for 2013.

Sandwich workers have had their fill in Corby

Workers at a salad and sandwich factory in Corby could strike over pay and conditions.

Since being taken over by 2 Sisters Food Group in 2011 they have been moved from eight to 12 hour shifts and not had a pay rise.

The workers are members of the Bfawu union. Their strike ballot closes on Saturday of this week.

Gallery staff demand living wage

As two of Van Gogh’s Sunflower paintings worth upwards of £100 million are about to go on show at the National Gallery, the staff who look after them are not even paid the London Living Wage.

PCS members at the National Gallery have voted to strike if management act on a threat to remove weekend enhancements and other plus payments.

The PCS branch is fighting for the Living Wage. The threats are part of a restructuring package which would mean multi-skilling for some staff and a reduction of the support to the gallery’s education programme for schools.

Ballot for Romec workers

Engineers working for maintenance and facilities contractor Romec were balloting to strike against attacks on their job security as Socialist Worker went to press.

Hundreds of workers who are in the Communication Workers Union are being balloted after contracts were terminated last year, placing jobs in danger.

Voting opened on Friday of last week and is set to end on Saturday of this week. 

Workplace meeting to build resistance

Around 17 union activists attended a “Defend our unions—fight austerity” meeting hosted by the DSG Donnington Shop Stewards Committee last week.

People discussed their experience of struggle over the last few years and the role of the trade union bureaucracy.

People agreed to form a network and to meet to build for the Unison union’s day of action over pay.

Ollie Jones

Barnsley library campaign fights on

Around 40 people came to the first Save Barnsley Library Campaign meeting in January. A mass protest is set for Wednesday 29 January outside a council meeting.

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