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Issue No. 2455

Journalists balloted over attacks on jobs 

Journalists and other workers at local newspapers in York and south London are balloting for industrial action.

Newsquest bosses want to push through restructuring that would mean job cuts and relocation for some workers.


Union threatens hospital walkout

The GMB union has announced it intends begin a strike ballot of its members in Brighton and Sussex NHS Trust for the Living Wage.

The workers are employed by outsourcing giant Sodexo as cleaners, porters and caterers.


Factory occupation after pay stopped

Some 100 bedding factory workers occupied the Kozee Sleep Bed Limited factory in Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire, on Friday of last week.

The workers took action after not being paid for a week since administrators were brought in by accountancy firm KPMG. 

Some 180 also face redundancy.


Toxic cuts threaten decommissioning

Up to 1,600 workers decommissioning Magnox nuclear plants could be laid off by September. 

The Unite union has pledged to campaign for no compulsory redundancies.

The reactors were a costly and dangerous way of generating electricity—and plutonium fuel for nuclear weapons. 

Decommissioning them will take years—and the cuts could set it back even longer.

Some 172 direct employees and 200 contract workers could be made redundant by plans to close Ferrybridge coal station in West Yorkshire.


24-hour strike called over pay

Probation staff in England and Wales are set to strike for 24 hours on 11 June in a dispute over pay. The Unison union members have not been offered a decent pay deal in the last four years.


Steel workers begin a vote for action   

The Unite union began balloting its 6,000 members at Tata Steel for strikes and industrial action over pensions on Tuesday of this week. 

The largest union at Tata, Community, as well as GMB and Ucatt, have already begun their ballots. 

These were set to close on Friday of this week.

Bosses want to close the pension scheme and force workers to work until they are 65 to get a full pension.


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Tue 26 May 2015, 16:01 BST
Issue No. 2455
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