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Issue No. 2453

Huge vote over Network Rail pay

RMT rail union members at Network Rail operations and maintenance have delivered a solid 80 percent vote for strikes. They rejected an “inadequate” pay offer and a failure to guarantee jobs.

The union balloted nearly 16,000 members. The turnout was 60 percent. Almost 8,000 voted for strikes.

The union is considering the result. No strike dates had been called as Socialist Worker went to press.

Power staff to ballot over attacks

The GMB and Unite unions are balloting power maintenance workers employed by energy giant Scottish Power over attacks on working conditions.

The ballot affects some 1,200 workers who maintain power supplies in the North West, north Wales and Scotland. 

They carry out repairs to disrupted power supplies from substations and at the roadside.

Bosses are trying to scrap flexible working hours under the rostered days off scheme, which they say would “free up” 5,500 additional working days in England and Wales. 

The ballot ends on Thursday of this week.

ITV workers to strike for a raise

Workers at ITV were set to strike on Thursday of this week in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Bectu, NUJ and Unite unions have rejected a below-inflation two percent pay increase.

BBC bosses face a holiday fightback

Studio managers working on BBC radio programmes are balloting for strikes. 

The Bectu union members are in dispute over the amount of leave they are allowed to take after working a public holiday. 

The ballot was set to end on Wednesday of this week. 

Cleaners demand a living wage

The GMB union is balloting cleaners in Kensington and Chelsea, west London, in a pay dispute.

The workers are employed by contractors OCS as part of Estate Housing Cleaning. 

They are demanding £9.15 per hour and are fighting proposals to move to monthly pay. The ballot was set to close on Friday of this week. 

Offshore workers ballot on hold

The GMB union has put a ballot of offshore workers covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement on hold in order to hold more talks with bosses.

Union members previously voted to hold a ballot against changes to shift patterns. 

Navy workers fight enforced changes

RMT union members working for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary  have voted for strikes and action short of a strike. The dispute is over the imposition of new conditions without consultation with the union.

Dudley unites to stop Britain First

More than 150 residents of Dudley united against Britain First’s attempts to create racial division in our town with their racist Islamophobia last Saturday. 

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Tue 12 May 2015, 18:00 BST
Issue No. 2453
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