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Issue No. 2449

Packaging workers set for more strikes

Over 100 workers at corrugated packaging firm Smurfit Kappa’s Northampton factory were set to strike for four days from Friday of this week.

The Unite union members have already struck for two days this year in defence of the two sacked senior stewards. 

A meeting with management was set to take place on Tuesday evening of this week, with the strike expected to go ahead if the two workers are not reinstated. 

Organising against council health cuts

Southend Against The Cuts leafletted the local high street last Saturday. 

Residents were asked to sign petitions to stop council cuts to Mental Health Therapy Services. 

The council want to close the Mental Health Therapy Centre, leaving users with no service. It would also mean job losses.

Tim Sneller

Day of Dissent to combat trade deal

Campaigners around Britain were set to hold diverse activities and actions against the proposed TTIP trade deal this Saturday.

The “Day of Dissent” was called by Global Justice Now, War on Want, Friends of the Earth, Brick Lane Debates and Keep Our NHS Public. 

It was also the main initiative to be promoted at the recent This Changes Everything conference on climate change and capitalism. 

Actions range from stalls and lobbies of local politicians to meetings and demonstrations.

For a map showing all the planned actions go to

Steel unions plan pensions ballot

Unions representing workers at Tata Steel have told bosses that they are preparing to begin a ballot to strike over plans to end the workers’ pensions scheme.

The GMB, Community, Unite and Ucatt unions said they will ballot from 6 May to 29 May over the proposals.

Bus workers to meet over pay talks

Unite union reps on London buses are set to meet to decide the next steps in the campaign to win sector-wide bargaining across the capital’s 18 bus operators.

The outcome of last week’s meeting between bus operators, Unite and Transport for London was unclear as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Tue 14 Apr 2015, 16:52 BST
Issue No. 2449
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