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Issue No. 2412

The dockers dig in against zero hours

Workers in the Unite union have entered the third week of an all-out strike at Tilbury docks in Essex.

They are striking against attempts by their employer SCA Logistics to drive down pay with zero hours contracts. 

The workers have struck previously for 48 hours in May and 11 days in June.

Reject new insult to JIB electricians

Electricians in the Unite union are balloting until 

24 July on a national offer from bosses. Both Unite and the construction rank and file call for a no vote.

The Joint Industry Board (JIB) agreement includes a new job title of “entrant grade” electricians. Activists see this as another attempt to de-skill the industry.

Mass claim against blacklisting firms?

Blacklisted workers protested outside the High Court on Thursday of last week. Lawyers asked judges to allow a joint claim against building bosses by all 3,213 workers on the illegal blacklist.

Hundreds blast treaty for bosses

Around 400 protesters marched in Westminster last Saturday against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This secretive treaty would allow firms to challenge regulations that interfere with profits.

The protest was called by War on Want and the World Development Movement.

Richard Payne

Breakthrough over bedroom tax cash

Protests have forced Scotland’s biggest council to cough up discretionary housing payments (DHP).

The Scottish government allocated enough DHP money to pay all the bedroom tax. But it hasn’t all got through. 

Glasgow council last week said it would grant, backdate and extend DHP claims, and get landlords to apply on tenants’ behalf.

Campaigner Gail Morrow said, “We’ll take this to the other councils.”

Back Bolton’s bid for justice over cop

Justice for Bolton was set to lobby at London’s Royal Courts of Justice at 9.30am on Tuesday of next week.

Pensioner Alan Clough is challenging the IPPC watchdog’s decision that a police officer striking him on a 2010 Unite Against Fascism demonstration in Bolton was not “gross misconduct”.


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Tue 15 Jul 2014, 17:15 BST
Issue No. 2412
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