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Issue No. 2433

Cash workers strike at Post Offices

Post Office workers were set to strike for 24 hours on Friday of this week. 

Workers who collect, handle and distribute cash were planning to walk out over management threats of 28 percent job cuts.

The action by the CWU union was planned for more than 11,500 Post Offices.


Union takes break in biscuit dispute

The GMB union has suspended a strike at the Jacob’s biscuit factory in Aintree, Liverpool, for talks.   The union says talks will focus on “long term interests of the site”. 

The 800 workers had struck for two days last month in an ongoing dispute over sick pay and allegations of management bullying.


Police stations staff could down tools

Staff at police forces across England and Wales could strike over pay on Friday of next week.

Unison union members have voted to back the strike. Unite and GMB members were balloting as Socialist Worker went to press.

They are demanding a 3 percent pay rise.


EDF workers’ action over sacked driver

More than 500 meter readers working at EDF Energy in the Unite union have begun a strike ballot. They are angry at a below inflation pay offer and the sacking of a driver who allegedly ate a “Dairylea Dunker” at the wheel.

A wave of strikes over previous pay deals earlier this year showed workers they could hit the company hard.


Stop Ukip growing in Portsmouth

A well attended meeting in Portsmouth on Tuesday of last week launched a fightback against the poisonous ideas of Ukip, which has six local council seats. 

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate, Jon Woods, blamed the government for lowering living standards, and the media for targeting migrants.


TV action set for the new year

Workers at ITV are to ballot for strikes over pay in the New Year. Members of the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions rejected a below-inflation pay increase of 2 percent.

ITV’s revenues have increased to £1.8 billion since the start of the year. But bosses are refusing to offer even the 2.75 percent that union leaders say they would consider.


Housing protests in Hackney and Haringey

Tenants and Defend Council Housing supporters protested outside the Tottenham Hotspur match in north London last Saturday against the local Haringey council’s “regeneration” plan.

It would demolish an estimated 3,408 homes.  Local Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Jenny Sutton joined the protest.

Tenants at the New Era estate in Hoxton, east London, plan to protest at Hackney Council’s planning committee on Monday of next week. 

The estate’s owner, Westbrook Partners, could evict them next year.


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Tue 9 Dec 2014, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2433
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