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Issue No. 2466

Pizza Express workers protested against bosses pinching their tips on Monday evening of this week

Pizza Express workers protested against bosses pinching their tips on Monday evening of this week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Protest called to target Sotheby’s

Protesters are set to gather this Saturday outside Sotheby’s Auction House in central London to demand the reinstatement of two cleaners. 

Cleaners Percy and Barbara were sacked after joining a protest for sick pay and against the victimisation of union activists.

Saturday 15 August, 4pm. Go to the Facebook page Protest at Sotheby’s: Reinstate the Sotheby’s 2

Essex firefighters strike against job cuts

Firefighters in Essex struck for nine hours on Thursday of last week against cuts that will decimate the county’s fire service.

Some 187 jobs could go, slashing the number of firefighters overall from 656 to 477—a 25 percent reduction.

Port Talbot vigil for executed miner

Around 50 people attended a remembrance service in Port Talbot to Dic Penderyn the Welsh miner who was executed in 1831 for his part in the Merthyr Rising.

The event, organised by the local Trades Council, is going to be repeated next year as part of a proposed Dic Penderyn Festival.

Huw Pudner

Easyjet staff accept deal in close vote

Cabin crew in the Unite union have agreed a two-year pay deal with airline Easyjet, ending a dispute with the firm.  

Crew are to get a 4.1 percent pay rise and managers 5.1 percent, backdated to January and with increased holiday pay.

They voted by just 52 percent to 48 percent to accept bosses’ offer—despite the union recommending it.

Could Sports Direct be facing strikes?

The Unite union is demanding permanent contracts and the £7.85 an hour Living Wage for workers at Sports Direct’s warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

It criticised “Victorian era work practices” at the warehouse. The claim could open the door to future industrial action.

Strike at Devonport docks

Dockyard workers in Devonport, Plymouth, struck for 24 hours on Tuesday of last week. 

The workers in the GMB union are employed by Babcock. Bosses are refusing to give workers a pay rise in line with other dock workers—this is despite a confirmed order book of £20 billion.

Walkout planned at EDF 

Nearly 500 meter readers and other workers at energy firm EDF were set to strike on Wednesday of this week in a dispute over pay cuts, job losses and working extra hours.

Bosses are piling pressure on the workers as part of the high-profile programme to install new “smart meters”. 

The workers are members of the Unite union. Some could lose up to £6,000 through the loss of a London allowance, and many could be made to work longer hours.

The walkout affects sites in London, Bexley, Hove, Crawley, Exeter, Bristol and Plymouth. A second strike is planned for Thursday of next week.

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