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Issue No. 2462

New offer in Gunstones bakery dispute

A 48-hour strike set for this week at Gunstones bakery in Sheffield was called off after a new offer from bosses.

Workers are being balloted on a 3.5 percent increase. 

Bfawu union members struck for two days last month against an imposed pay freeze after 426 sackings. 

Bosses initially refused to make an offer on pay because it was costing them money to pay off the staff they were making redundant.

Union officials recommend rejection.

Universal Credit staff set to strike in Glasgow and Bolton

Workers at Universal Credit service centres in Glasgow and Bolton were set to strike on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

The members of the PCS union voted by 84 percent to strike over changes to working arrangements.

An overtime ban was set to start next Wednesday, ending on 18 August.

ITV workers accept new pay settlement

Workers at ITV have ended their dispute with management after accepting a deal.

Members of the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions held a one-day strike in May demanding an increase on a 2 percent pay deal.

The settlement involves a 2.2 percent pay deal for 2016 for those earning under £60,000. It also gives two extra days leave for workers with more than five years’ tenure and an increase in the redundancy pay cap.

DVLA call centre ballot over pay

PCS union members at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are balloting for strikes.

Workers face pay cuts after bosses slashed allowances for weekend working. They also introduced inferior contracts for new starters.

Heathrow protesters oppose 'Plane Stupid' new runway

A small group of activists chained themselves together on the northern runway of London Heathrow airport on Monday morning of this week—in opposition to a third runway being built.

The action by campaign group Plane Stupid caused disruption to flights and some cancellations. 

Even Tory MPs in west London and the Thames Valley fear that disruption and pollution would cost them votes. But they back expanding London Gatwick.

This would still increase greenhouse gases emissions and fuel climate change.

Arrests after demonstration at Israeli arms firm Elbit

Police arrested several activists during protests against Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit last week.

Protesters targeted Elbit factories in Tamworth and Shenstone in the Midlands, and Broadstairs in Kent. Those arrested at Shenstone have been released on bail and will find out whether or not they will be charged on 31 July.

NHS vultures face opposition in Brum

Around 100 demonstrators protested outside the Procurement for Health conference at Birmingham International Convention Centre on Thursday of last week. 

The conference was a gathering of private providers circling to grab NHS services. The protest was organised by 38 Degrees.

Harmondsworth protesters demand an end to refugee detention

Demonstrators marched around Harmondsworth immigration detention centre last Saturday calling for its closure. The protest called by the Movement for Justice demanded the closure of all such centres. 

Surround Yarl’s Wood protest on 8 August

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