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Issue No. 2461

Housing workers won’t reengage

GMB union members at Aspire Housing in Staffordshire are balloting to strike over bosses’ plans to impose worse terms and conditions.  

Bosses want to sack maintenance workers and “reengage” them on worse contracts, with some set to lose up to £5,000 a year. 

The Ucatt union is also balloting its members. 


GMB workers want wage insulation

GMB union members working for insulation manufacturer Saint Gobain Isover in Runcorn, Cheshire, are balloting to strike. 

The ballot comes after months-long pay negotiations broke down, with bosses only making a 2 percent offer. 


Don’t transmit BBC cuts to workers

Unions at the BBC have responded to bosses’ announcement last week that they would cut more than 1,000 jobs.

The NUJ and Bectu unions said they welcomed moves to cut back management. 

Bectu said it is opposed to compulsory redundancies. The NUJ said it wants to make sure no editorial departments are “compromised”.


Deal accepted at Royal Opera House

Workers at the Royal Opera House in the Bectu union have accepted a pay rise of 4 percent over two years.


No to charges at York Art Gallery

Over 50 people protested in York on Wednesday of last week against new entrance charges for York Art Gallery. A National Gallery striker addressed the rally. Over £360 was collected for the strike fund during the day.

Julie Forgan 


Israeli owned arms factories targeted

Protesters occupied the roofs of three Israeli-owned arms factories on Monday of last week and blocked roads outside, forcing them to close.

Factories owned by Elbit were targeted in Shenstone and Tamworth in Staffordshire and Broadstairs in Kent.


London hotel staff get organised 

Activists who are out to unionise the largely migrant staff in London’s hotels held a rally on Tuesday of last week.

Workers from the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel spoke of how they pushed back an attempt to increase the number of rooms they had to clean each day.


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Tue 7 Jul 2015, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2461
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