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Issue No. 2418

BBC engineers strike for 48 hours

Some 160 engineers and technicians in the Unite union struck at BBC sites across London and at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, for 48 hours last week.

The workers walked out on Tuesday morning in a dispute over compulsory redundancies.

They’ve been employed by contractor Interserve since April.

Interserve has issued hundreds of redundancy notices affecting different groups of workers since it took over the contract to manage BBC facilities.


Food inspectors walk out over pay

Meat inspectors, vets and support staff at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) walked out on Tuesday of this week against an imposed 0.75 percent pay offer.

Over 500 Unison union members in England, Wales and Scotland struck for four hours and were set for a second walkout on Wednesday.


Unions hold talks with Argos bosses

Distribution workers in the Unite union were in talks with Argos bosses at the Acas conciliation service as Socialist Worker went to press.

More than 1,000 workers struck for a week last month against harsh new contracts imposed by Argos. 

These bring in new shift patterns that make it harder for workers to plan their lives.

They also lead to a clampdown in the workplace with new performance measurements.


Scottish Power workers balloted

Around 1,000 maintenance workers are being balloted over action short of a strike at Scottish Power Energy Networks.

The Unite union members are based at sites in Merseyside, north Wales, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Scottish borders.

Bosses want to remove their entitlement to rostered days off. The ballot ends on 8 September.


GMB union ballots refuse workers 

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk borough council refuse workers are being balloted for strikes over pay. 

The 45 workers are members of the GMB union.

They are employed by the Kier Group contractors.

The ballot  will close on Wednesday of this week. 


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Tue 26 Aug 2014, 17:22 BST
Issue No. 2418
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