ITV workers reject 2 percent pay offer
Workers in the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions at ITV have rejected a 2 percent pay increase from bosses.
The results show that 85 percent of members in the NUJ, 86 percent in Bectu and 78 percent in Unite voted against the offer. Unions will now re-enter talks but say they will ballot for strikes if management don’t budge.
Solid vote for strike on Woolwich ferry
Ship crew, electricians and road traffic teams who run the Woolwich ferry service in London have voted by 100 percent for strikes.
The Unite union members are in dispute over pay, the use of agency staff and the operator Briggs Marine’s interpretation of sick pay policy. Talks were are set for Wednesday of this week.
Subcontractor ISS faces staff walkout
Cleaners, porters, caterers and clerical staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, south London, are set for five days of strikes after a decision by their GMB union regional executive.
The workers demand the same pay, weekend and unsocial hours rates from their employer, subcontractor ISS, as directly employed NHS staff. Strike dates are yet to be announced.
Anti-fascists set to mobilise in Wales
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Wales is organising a counter demonstration against the fascist Welsh Alliance in Newport, South Wales, on Saturday 31 January.
The demonstration will assemble at 11am on Commercial Road in Newport. It is supported by the Muslim Council of Wales, the Islamic Society of Wales and the Wales TUC.
Student protest to target Labour Party
A national student demonstration has been called for 28 March in Birmingham by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and is supported by other student groups.
The protest will demand that the Labour Party pledges to bring in free education if it wins May’s election. Local free education demos were also set to take place in Sheffield on Friday of this week, and in Brighton this Saturday.