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Issue No. 2408

Big majority for action at Newsquest

Some 150 journalists working for Newsquest titles around Britain have voted to strike. 

The NUJ union members face job losses, pay freezes and staff transfers.

In Hampshire—which includes the Southern Daily Echo based in Southampton

—the vote last week was 89.7 percent to strike.

  • The NUJ union is in talks with the BBC over some 70 job cuts in radio and production departments. The union says that the company should look at cutting executive pay, not jobs.

Hall cleaners fight to keep their jobs

Cleaners and porters in the Garden Halls, a University of London hall of residence, ended a five-day strike on Thursday of last week.

They struck to save their jobs when the Halls close at the end of this month. The workers are in IWGB union.

Teachers to walk out over redundancies

Teachers at Copland school in west London were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

The walkout, involving NUT, ATL and NASUWT union members, is over two threatened compulsory redundancies.

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NUT general secretary election

Voting is continuing for the general secretary and deputy general secretary of the NUT teachers’ union.

Socialist Worker is backing Socialist Teachers Alliance candidates Christine Blower and Kevin Courtney.

The elections end on Wednesday of next week.

Gwalia care workers defend conditions

Residential care and support workers in Neath Port Talbot, south Wales, are set to strike from 8am on Monday of next week. 

The 12 hour stoppage by Unison members is the second in this dispute.

Workers are angry at their employer Gwalia Group’s attacks on jobs, pay and conditions. It is also cutting pay by up to 16 percent.

Justice for Domestic Workers protest

Up to 50 people joined a Justice for Domestic Workers protest in London outside parliament on Sunday.

The protest was against the Tories’ domestic worker visa, introduced in April 2012. 

This ties domestic workers to one employer on a six month visa.

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