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Issue No. 2450

Protesting outside The Black Cap

Protesting outside The Black Cap (Pic: Guy Smallman )

Around 300 people joined a protest against the closure of The Black Cap pub in Camden, central London, last Saturday. The pub was a prominent LGBT venue since the 1960s when homosexuality was illegal. 

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Workers shut down museums in pay row

Two national museums in Edinburgh shut down for two days last week as workers struck over pay.

Some 100 PCS union members at the National Museum of Scotland began their walkout on Thursday of last week. The National War Museum also shut down.

Workers are angry at bosses’ decision to remove weekend working allowances.

Notts strike fights for Living Wage

Manufacturing workers in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, walked out over pay on Tuesday of this week. 

The GMB union members want a living wage.

Their Cinch Connectivity Solutions bosses get much of their work from the Ministry of Defence. Workers planned an overtime ban from Wednesday of this week.

Sellafield safety talks break down

Construction workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have voted to take industrial action over health and safety.

The dispute also concerns union facility time.

Workers will decide what type of industrial action they will take, at a meeting next week. Talks broke down on Wednesday of last week and 98 percent of Unite union members supported action.

Action suspended at Smurfit Kappa

A planned four-day strike at packaging firm Smurfit Kappa in Northampton was suspended last week.

Workers in the Unite union are waiting to hear the outcome of an appeal for the two sacked workers they are defending. An overtime ban continued as Socialist Worker went to press.

An uncompromising challenge to racism

More than 70 people came to the Catching History on the Wing event in central London last Saturday to celebrate the contribution A Sivanandan has made to the Institute for Race Relations.

Contributors recalled how vital it was to challenge racism without compromise in the 1970s and the need for such a response today.

Barking bin staff in last minute talks

The GMB union was in last minute talks to stop ten more days of strikes by refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London. 

The workers are fighting a £1,000 pay cut and attacks on health and safety. A two-day walkout is planned from Thursday of this week.

Bus strike in Bradford

Some 380 bus drivers were set to strike in Bradford on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The Unite union members are fighting job cuts.

Unite accuses First West Yorkshire bosses of running the bus depot down with the intention of closing it in the future. 

They have attacked terms and conditions, imposed new rosters and moved jobs out of Bradford without consulting workers. 

The union also said that there were allegations of bullying and harassment. 

Fox's biscuits walkout called off

A planned strike of engineers in the Unite union at Fox’s Biscuits in Batley, West Yorkshire, was called off this week when bosses agreed to resume negotiations.

The workers are in dispute after bosses offered a “paltry” 1 percent pay rise this year and 2 percent next year.  

To add insult to injury the firm did not even talk to the union about the rise due last August, until November.  They voted by 65 percent for strikes.

Martin Jones

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Tue 21 Apr 2015, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2450
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