Pensioners call for basic pension rise
Up to 1,000 pensioners gathered at the National Pensioners’ Convention in Blackpool last week.
They are demanding a basic state pension set above the current poverty level of £175 a week. Calls for renationalisation of the railways and local bus companies were well received.
Scientists to strike over contracts
Biomedical scientists in the Unite union at Northampton General Hospital have voted by 83 percent to strike against an attack on their contracts.
Bosses want to double their night shifts, cut out of hours payments by
80 percent—and leave some workers £6,000 a year poorer.
Exiles protest over army rule in Sudan
Sudanese exile groups gathered in Whitehall last Saturday to protest at
25 years of military rule since a coup in June 1989.
One protester said, “The situation has got a lot worse since the crackdown after a wave of protests last year. Civil war is raging. The government has bombarded its citizens from the air.”
Bradford Hovis workers are balloting
Members of the Bfawu bakers’ union from the Hovis factory at Bradford met last Saturday in preparation for a strike ballot.
They are fighting the introduction of new contracts that represent a massive attack on wages and terms and conditions.
Hackney carers set to battle pay cut
Around 30 Look Ahead care and support workers who provide vital mental health services lobbied Hackney Town Hall, east London, on Thursday of last week.
One worker told Socialist Worker, “We accepted a £4,000 pay cut last year, now they want another £4,000 cut, plus redundancies.
“The highest paid executive of Look Ahead received a £60,000 pay rise last year. We will organise to fight the cuts by any means necessary.”
Organising against the crisis in care
Over 50 people attended the Glasgow Care Crisis conference last Saturday.
There was a lot of anger over the city council’s imposition of social care charges and the massive cuts to the city’s care services.