Walkout over workers' holidays
Workers at Optare, a Leeds-based supplier to some of Britain’s biggest bus and coach companies, were set to strike for 24 hours on Tuesday of this week. This is to be followed by a second 24-hour strike on Monday of next week.
The 170 Unite union members are angry at an attempt to enforce a summer shutdown. Bosses want to make workers take two weeks of their annual leave during mid-August.
They voted by more than 80 percent for the action.
Dial-a-Ride workers' walkout will hit TfL bosses
Transport for London (TfL) faces a strike by 400 drivers, centre staff and engineers in the Dial-a-Ride service. The Unite union members were set to walk out for 48 hours from 6am on Thursday of this week over unequal pay and conditions.
Bosses offered workers a non-pensionable cash lump sum of 2.75 percent for 2013. Yet other TfL workers were awarded at least a 3.2 percent pensionable pay rise. The Dial-a-Ride workers have been offered 4 percent for 2014.
They rejected the offer and have been taking action short of a strike since 16 April. As a result, bosses have threatened to deduct £25 from those taking part in this action.
The service provides transport to 50,000 elderly and disabled Londoners.
Power control operators on London Underground suspended a planned strike over the bank holiday weekend.
The workers, in the Unite and RMT unions, were transferred to other organisations then returned to London Underground with different conditions.
The RMT said talks had resolved the issue of continuity of service but talks would continue on health and safety and other pay issues.
Up to 40 Heathrow Express workers in the RMT union joined picket lines during two 24-hour strikes on Friday of last week and Monday of this week.
Almost half the workforce faces redundancy.
Picket Mike told Socialist Worker, “Heathrow Express wants to introduce a ten-year pay freeze and ultimately a lower grade to replace our positions.”
He said the strike was “getting amazing support”.
Tyne and Wear metro
A strike by RMT union members on Tyne and Wear Metro set for Wednesday of this week was suspended.
The dispute was over the dismissal of a colleague under a company “Wellbeing Policy”.
RMT said a settlement was reached that was acceptable to the dismissed worker.
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet on East Midlands trains were set to begin a 24-hour strike from 6am on Saturday of this week.
The dispute is over disciplinary procedures and talks have failed. Almost 80 percent voted to strike.