Somerset workers recycle dispute
Refuse and recycling workers in North Somerset are being balloted to strike over pay. The GMB union members are employed by Kier Group on a contract to North Somerset Council.
The pay dispute began last April. Workers rejected the company’s offer by 90 percent. The ballot ends on Wednesday of next week.
Timetable for Shetland action
A series of ferry strikes were set to begin on inter-island ferries this week in a long-running dispute over pay rates with Shetland Islands Council.
The crews in the Unite union will strike every Wednesday for four weeks.
Police staff get two percent pay offer
The Unison union called off a strike by police staff in England and Wales after management made a pay offer of 2.2 percent. Unison and Unite union members had demanded a 3 percent pay rise or £500, whichever is greater.
TTIP complaints flood commission
An unprecedented 145,000 people have lobbied against the proposed TTIP trade deal between the EU and the US, the European Commission has revealed.
These made up 97 percent of all the replies to its TTIP consultation last year. Around a third were from Britain.
Plans to pedal for the Palestinians
A planned cycle ride from Edinburgh to London to raise awareness and funds for Gaza was launched in London last Saturday. Organisers Red Spokes hope that 1,000 people will join the ride in August. They will hold rallies with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign along the route.
Call for black people to vote
Al Sharpton will speak in London at the launch of Operation Black Vote’s general election campaign this Saturday. Speakers will also include Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu from Unite Against Fascism.
Union questions Amazon warehouse
The GMB union was set to hold a public meeting on the impact of a planned Amazon warehouse in Ashford, Kent, on Tuesday 20 January.
The union said, “It’s time to expose Amazon’s exploitation and refusal to pay taxes.”