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Issue No. 2465

Victorious Glasgow city homelessness caseworkers in the Unison union return to work after their strike

Victorious Glasgow city homelessness caseworkers in the Unison union return to work after their strike (Pic: Josh Brown)


Work to rule at Sellafield

Over 1,200 construction workers involved in decommissioning and renewal at the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria began a work to rule and an overtime ban on Friday of last week.

The workers demand a full-time union convenor position—in particular to address health and safety concerns.

They are members of the Unite union employed by 15 different sub-contractors.


New strike called at First Great Western

The RMT union has announced a fresh walkouts of its members working for the First Great Western train operating company.

Workers including drivers and guards are set to strike for 24 hours on 23 August and 72 hours from 29 August. Maintenance workers are also set to walkout out on 23 August and 29 August.

Rail bosses are bringing in new Hitachi intercity rolling stock when South Wales main line is electrified. The first trains are due to run on the line from 2017.

The union has said bosses have given no assurances on jobs, service and safety on the new trains.

Workers struck earlier this month for 48 hours.


Barristers' action extended

The barristers’ Criminal Bar Association (CBA) agreed last Monday to continue their action opposing legal aid cuts. They are not doing “returns” when they cover for colleagues.

The CBA agreed to review the action again on Monday of this week.


TUSC to stand Haringey candidate

Members of the The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) have announced plans to stand in council by elections in Haringey, north London.

TUSC has said it will definitely stand a candidate in Haringey Council’s Noel Park ward, and may also stand in Woodside.


March for justice for Mark Duggan

The Justice for Mark Duggan campaign  was set to hold a vigil outside Tottenham police station in north London on Tuesday of this week.

This is the anniversary of the day in 2011 when police gunned Mark down.

Here the family will demand for a public inquiry into the role of Operation Trident.

They will join with other campaigners in launching  National Injustice Day


Hundreds turn out against racist EDL in North Shields

Some 300 anti-fascists came out to oppose the racist English Defence League (EDL) in North Shields on last Saturday.

Around 75 EDL racists targeted North Shields over the closure of a UK Visas and Immigration office.

But they were hugely outnumbered by local 

anti-fascists on a counter protest called by groups including North East Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

Daniel Kebede from North East UAF told Socialist Worker, “The counter protest was really, really local.

“There’s a lot of anti-migrant racism being pushed out by David Cameron and the media, and that’s what the EDL went with.

“It shows that whatever kind of racism the state pushes, that’s what the Nazis feed off.”

Nick Clark


Oppose the racist ‘white man march’ in Liverpool

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn, is one the latest signatories to a statment opposing a planned march by fascists in Liverpool later this month.

Merseyside Unite Against Fascism (UAF) initiated the statement in opposition to the fascist “white man march” taking place in the city on 15 August.

UAF is also organising a protest against the Nazis on the day.

UAF protest, Saturday 15 August, 12 noon-4.35pm, Liverpool City Centre. Add your name to statement uafliverpool@googlemail.com

Unite campaigns for fair tips at Pizza Express

The Unite union has said it will call protests against Pizza Express bosses’ practice of profiting from tips given to its workers.

Campaigning has already beaten bosses’ attempts to include tips in workers’ pay when they were on the minimum wage. But Unite says Pizza Express is still snatching an 8 percent slice of tips on card payments.

It calls on supporters to give tips in cash.

Other firms such as Cafe Rouge, Belgo and Bella Italia grab 10 percent and could face protests too, Unite warns.


Thousands attend Pride marches in Brighton and Leeds

Thousands of people marched on Brighton’s 25th annual Pride march last Saturday, while some 160,000 lined the streets.

Rooftops and bus shelters had people on them—some hung banners saying, “Pride Not Profit”.

Brighton Pride, along with London, has become one of the more corporate events. But it was young and angry and there was a thirst for putting the politics back into Pride.

There were trade union banners, including from the Unison, Unite, NUT and RMT unions. Tens of thousands also marched on Leeds Pride last Saturday.


Save the Marcus Garvey library in Haringey

The Marcus Garvey library in Haringey, north London, is under threat.

Cuts mean bosses are selling off books and are threatening to close the youth section.

Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy was set to attend an emergency meeting on Monday of this week held by the Friends of Marcus Garvey campaign.


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