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Cleaners’ Bafta pay demo for living wage

A group of cleaners protested outside the Royal Opera House (ROH) in London during the Bafta film awards last Sunday.

The cleaners are demanding that Mitie, which has the contract for ROH, pay them the London Living Wage of £9.15 an hour.

The cleaners say Mitie had agreed to pay the Living Wage in November last year, but has not yet made the increase.

M25 workers go for weekly walkouts

Motorway maintenance and incident support workers in the Unite union are set to strike for a pay rise on the London orbital M25 route. 

A 24-hour walkout from midnight on Monday of next week is set to be the first of a series of weekly strikes, along with working to rule. 

The 170 workers are employed by Connect Plus Services and contractors including Balfour Beatty, Atkins and Elgin. 

They want a £30,000 basic wage, sick pay from day one and full union recognition.

ITV action could hit election coverage

Bosses at ITV have agreed to further talks over pay with the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions.

Talks will go ahead with mediators Acas in March.

Union members have overwhelmingly voted to reject a below-inflation pay increase of 2 percent.

The unions say they will ballot for strikes if bosses don’t budge and action could be timed to affect ITV’s coverage of the general election in May.

Brighton bins get set to walk again

Refuse and recycling workers in Brighton in the GMB union were set to walk out on Wednesday of this week.

It is part of a long-running pay dispute, and is in conjunction with a work to rule. The union has had a series of disputes with the local Green Party-controlled council. 

The council continues to implement cuts, but local Green MP Caroline Lucas has previously sided with the workers.

Strike ballot at East Sussex waste firm

The GMB union is set to ballot 154 refuse and recycling workers to strike in East Sussex.

The unions says Kier Environmental Services bosses refuse to take health and safety concerns seriously, and allege management bullying.

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Tue 10 Feb 2015, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2440
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