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Issue No. 2451

Left does well at NUS elections

The National Union of Students held its national conference last week.

A motion on free education was passed almost unanimously. Four of the six full time positions up for election were won by the left. 

Freedom Riders in free travel protest

Some 30 Barnsley pensioners protested at the South Yorkshire Transport Committee on Monday of this week to demand Labour reinstate free train travel.

They agreed to organise for a big demonstration in Sheffield on 23 June.

Workers want their share of ITV profits

NUJ and Bectu union members at ITV are balloting for strikes over pay. They overwhelmingly rejected a below-inflation pay rise of 2 percent earlier this year.

ITV profits soared last year to £712 million. The ballot ends on Wednesday of next week.

Ballot begins over Network Rail pay

The RMT rail union is urging a yes vote for strikes and action short of strikes at Network Rail after bosses failed to improve a pay offer.

The ballot of 16,000 members runs from Tuesday of this week until 12 May.

Smurfit Kappa reps’ deal after strikes

The Unite union’s dispute with packaging firm Smurfit Kappa in Northampton has ended with the reinstatement of union rep Geoff Butcher.

Another rep, Paul Metcalfe, has now been granted a severance package.

Cleaners’ steward awaits appeal result

RMT union cleaners’ rep Clara Osagiede was awaiting the outcome of an appeal against her sacking by Interserve bosses as Socialist Worker went to press.

Strikes at Scottish Power over changes

some 1,200 GMB and Unite union members at Scottish Power are balloting to strike over enforced changes to working practices and terms and conditions. The ballot ends on 14 May.

Boat dwellers fight new eviction policy

A Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) boss was grilled by members and supporters of the National Bargee Travellers Association at a meeting last week. 

A new CRT policy could see many boat dwellers evicted.

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Tue 28 Apr 2015, 15:56 BST
Issue No. 2451
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