UP TO 10,000 members of the PCS union in Jobcentre Plus in London are shortly due to be balloted on industrial action over job cuts. The management has threatened to cut staffing levels by up to 40 percent over the next three years.
The 85,000 PCS members in the Department of Work and Pensions will be looking to the workers in London to lead a fightback against management. Activists in London need to ensure every member gets a circular arguing for a yes vote.
SOME 1,000 workers for the lift company Otis are continuing their dispute against the imposition of a pay deal. The workers struck on Friday of last week and Monday of this week. An overtime ban was also in place. More strikes are planned.
PROTESTERS WERE out campaigning against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer last week. This US multinational has its massive European headquarters just outside the small town of Sandwich in Kent.
The protest was in response to revelations in the recent Channel 4 documentary Dying for Drugs in which Pfizer was accused of testing new drugs on Third World people. The protest was led by school students from Canterbury and Thanet.
WORKERS IN Derbyshire social services have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay and grading.
The social workers, members of the Unison union, had a 100 percent vote for a 'work to rule' with an 80 percent turnout for the ballot.