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Issue No. 2431

Picketing cleaners at Waterloo

Picketing cleaners at Waterloo (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Interserve cleaners strike at Waterloo

Cleaners at London’s Waterloo station struck for 24 hours from 3pm on Friday of last week. 

The RMT union members work for private firm Interserve. 

Strikers protested outside the company’s London headquarters. 

Union general secretary Mick Cash said workers are “subjected to a daily regime of bullying, victimisation and harassment which includes disgraceful incidents of racist abuse”.


Xmas strike on for Post Office supply chain staff?

Post office supply chain workers have voted by 76 percent to strike over pay. 

The staff deliver and collect cash from post office branches. Their CWU union said a Christmas strike looks “inevitable”.


Suspension leads to an unofficial strike at Dundee West delivery office

Post workers at the Dundee West delivery office struck unofficially on Thursday of last week.

They walked out in defence of a worker who had been suspended.


NUJ members take on the Met police

Six NUJ union members are taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police.

The cops have monitored their journalistic and union activities.

Jules Mattsson, Mark Thomas, Jason Parkinson, Jess Hurd, David Hoffman and Adrian Arbib are being monitored for “domestic extremism”. They want all records on them revealed and then destroyed.


Brixton sees march for Ricky Bishop

Family members and supporters of Ricky Bishop marched to Brixton police station in south London last Saturday.

Ricky died in custody there 13 years ago. His mum Doreen led the 50-strong march.


Action off as Portsmouth port bosses back down

The Unite union called off a planned three-day strike by Quay assistants at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port last week.

It called off the walkout after bosses backed down over job cuts and changes to leave arrangements.

Jon Woods


Tenants say no bedroom tax in Wales

Social tenants and supporters rallied against the bedroom tax outside the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff last Saturday.

They demanded the Welsh Labour government follow the Scottish government in protecting tenants from the tax.


Support Freedom Riders in court

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders plan a mass protest outside Sheffield Magistrates’ Court from 9am on Monday 8 December.

Two Freedom Riders, Tony Nuttall and George Arthur, are due in court. They face charges of travelling without a valid ticket and obstruction.


Pay victory for HTC Plant crane drivers

Crane drivers at HTC Plant have accepted a 14 percent pay rise over three years.

Bosses had originally imposed a 3 percent rise.

The new offer followed the first of a planned series of 24-hour strikes by Ucatt union members.

Ucatt added, “The new agreement also means that the bonus rate has been consolidated into the basic rate and a further raft of expenses and allowances  have been reinstated.”

Simon Basketter


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Tue 25 Nov 2014, 16:14 GMT
Issue No. 2431
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