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Issue No. 2454

CalMac ferry workers fight to defend conditions

The RMT union is in dispute with the Scottish government-owned ferry operator CalMac. 

Its members are to ballot for industrial action. Bosses have failed to provide “satisfactory reassurances” over jobs, conditions and pensions. 

CalMac is competing with outsourcing giant Serco for the next eight-year contract to run its west coast ferry network. The contract is worth £125 million a year.

Globe theatre staff walkout over pay

Tour guides and exhibition staff at the Globe theatre in central London struck on Monday of this week.

The Bectu union members are demanding £13.50 an hour. But bosses are only offering £11.72—which is out of line with rates of pay at similar London venues.

Coordinated action looms at BBC

Studio managers working on BBC radio news have voted by 82 percent to strike. The workers are in dispute with bosses over the amount of leave they are awarded for working a public holiday.

The workers’ Bectu union says it will now coordinate action with studio managers at BBC World Service.

Freedom Riders come up trumps

The long-running South Yorkshire Freedom Ride campaign had another success last week in its bid to restore travel concessions for older people.

Stagecoach buses announced it will introduce a trial scheme that will allow older pass holders in Barnsley free bus travel to hospital appointments whatever the time of day.

Manchester students occupy over Tory plans

A group of students have occupied a floor of the Manchester University’s business school.

The students are occupying against government plans to cut funding for further education and scrap Disabled Students Allowance.

They occupied on Wednesday of last week and have received support from lecturers’ union UCU and Manchester trades council.

LGSM put the politics back into Birmingham Pride

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) will be putting the politics back into Pride in Birmingham this Saturday.

They plan to lead the Pride march alongside trade unions in the Midlands.

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Tue 19 May 2015, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2454
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