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Issue No. 2469

Meter readers call strike at EDF

Nearly 500 workers in the Unite union at EDF Energy in London, southern and western England were set to strike on Wednesday of this week to defend their pay and conditions.

Bosses’ plans would see staff work longer hours and have their agreements torn up. Some could lose up to £6,000 a year. Unite suspended two planned strikes in August for talks that broke down.

Stansted security scanners strike for better pay

GMB union members who work as security scanner operators at Stansted Airport, London, struck on Monday of this week. 

Privateer Mitie only offered workers a 1.5 percent pay deal despite a 13.5 percent rise in profits. Workers previously struck last Sunday.

LGSM leads lively bloc in Manchester pride

Thousands of people joined the annual Pride march in Manchester last Saturday. Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) led a lively political bloc of trade unionists and campaigners. 

Many activists attended a screening and Q&A of the Pride film at the LGBT Foundation.

Protest against Chile ‘torture ship’

Around 50 people protested last Saturday at La Esmeralda, a ship docked in London’s Canary Wharf.

The ship was used in the 1970s as a floating detention and torture centre by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime.

Russ Chandler 

Stoke housing workers’ pay strike

Housing workers at Aspire Housing in Stoke-on-Trent struck on Tuesday of this week against attacks on pay, terms and conditions. 

The workers’ GMB union said that some workers face losing up to £5,000 a year and working longer hours. 

Workers previously struck in July.

Essex fire staff keep fighting cuts

firefighters and fire control staff in Essex were set to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The FBU union members are fighting bosses’ attacks on pay, fire service cuts and attempts to impose “unworkable” shift patterns.

It is part of a programme of rolling action, which saw them strike on Monday of last week 

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A day at the racists against Ukip in Doncaster

Stand Up to Ukip (Sutu) has called a protest against the racist party in Doncaster on Saturday 26 September.

Ukip is holding its national conference at Doncaster racecourse in the South Yorkshire town. 

Sutu plans to “unwelcome” Ukip to the town on the day and will hold a rally and other events from 12 noon.

Solidarity with Max Watson

Unison Union rep Max Watson’s appeal against compulsory redundancy was heard on Thursday of last week. 

Max is the branch secretary of Unison at London Metropolitan University.

He is the only worker in his faculty facing compulsory redundancy. Unison believes that bosses are deliberately targeting Max because of his union activities.

Max’s supporters held a protest in solidarity with him on the day of his appeal. 

The result was yet to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.



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Tue 1 Sep 2015, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2469
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