Second union votes for CalMac walkouts
TSSA union members at CalMac have voted to strike in a row over the potential privatisation of Clyde and Hebrides ferry services.
The Scottish government owns CalMac.
RMT union members struck last month in a dispute over protecting jobs, conditions and pensions.
Unions want protections written into their contracts before the Scottish National Party government tender for the service is decided.
Solidarity actions for Elbit arrestees
West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign was set to protest outside Birmingham County Court on Wednesday of this week.
It is in solidarity with 19 activists arrested on a protest at Israeli-owned Elbit arms factories earlier this month.
An all-day protest and stall will take place outside Tamworth police station on 31 July when they will find out if they will be charged.
Terry Pullinger is elected in CWU
The CWU union has elected a new deputy general secretary for postal workers.
Terry Pullinger was elected new deputy general secretary last Thursday.
The previous deputy general secretary for post, Dave Ward, was elected general secretary of the union earlier this year.
Aspire Housing workers strike to defend conditions
Housing maintenance workers in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme struck on Monday of this week.
Their Aspire Housing bosses plan to sack them and rehire them on worse terms.
Some workers face a pay cut of more than £5,000 a year among other attacks.
The workers are Ucatt, GMB and Unite union members. Further strikes were planned for Friday of this week and Monday and Friday of next week.
Manchester council targets homelessness camp
Manchester City Council was trying to evict a homelessness protest camp for the third time as Socialist Worker went to press.
Protesters’ supporters rallied outside the Civil Justice Centre court on Tuesday of this week as council officials applied for an injunction.
The council wants to stop “persons unknown” erecting “temporary forms of accommodation”.
This could be used against all homeless people in the city centre.
Barnsley ballot for Ardagh Glass
Around 440 workers employed by Ardagh Glass in Barnsley, South Yorkshire are balloting for strikes over pensions.
Bosses want to make cuts worth £3 million a year through an increase in contribution rates.
The workers’ union Unity predicts “pensioner poverty” for staff if the changes go ahead—at a company making £54.6 million profit a year.
Workers at all Ardagh Glass sites beat an attack on their pay through a series of strikes in 2013.