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Issue No. 2467

Friction over cuts at BBC Asian Network

NUJ union members at the BBC in Birmingham were set to walkout on Wednesday of this week.

Staff working on the Asian Network are fighting plans to move the flagship Bobby Friction show to London and axe one of two editor roles. 

The NUJ says workers decided to strike after bosses threatened them over a silent protest held last week.

Indesit workers in better pay battle

More than 200 delivery drivers and warehouse staff at kitchen appliances firm Indesit were set to take four strike days over pay.

The walkouts are planned for Friday of this week, Thursday and Friday of next week, and 1 September. 

The Unite union members want a better pay deal than the 1.5 percent bosses are offering.

Refuse staff kick up stink in Bromley

Around 100 refuse collectors in Bromley, south east London, were set to strike for a pay rise on Monday of next week.

Private bosses Veolia have offered 1.5 percent—the latest in a long line of below inflation pay deals. The Unite union members want 4 percent.

More strikes are planned on 3 and 4 September.

Unite calls off EDF action for talks

The Unite union suspended two days of strikes by meter readers and others at energy company EDF.

The 500 workers were set to strike on Wednesday of last week and Thursday of this week over several grievances around pay and conditions. 

But on the eve of the first walkout Unite agreed to an offer of talks.

Stansted Airport workers strike 

GMB union members who work as security scanner operators at Stansted Airport, London, were set to strike on Sunday of this week.

Privateer Mitie is only offering workers a 1.5 percent pay deal—despite a 13.5 percent rise in profits. 

Defend UCU union activist Gary Duke 

Bosses at City of Liverpool College have suspended UCU union chair Gary Duke. 

Gary has led a fight against attacks on workers’ terms and conditions at the college. Many see the suspension as an attack on the union.

A UCU Emergency General Meeting on Friday of this week and will discuss a motion for strikes.


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Tue 18 Aug 2015, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2467
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