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Issue No. 2470

Marchers demand justice for Sheku Bayoh

Protesters call for justice for Sheku Bayoh

Protesters call for justice for Sheku Bayoh (Pic: Stephen McBroom)

Hundreds marched through Kirkcaldy, Fife, last Sunday demanding for justice for Sheku Bayoh and his family.  

The march marked 18 weeks since Sheku died under police restraint.

His family have mounted a justice campaign.

They have faced many difficulties with Police Scotland and the so-called watchdog PIRC which is investigating his death. But they have received support from people in Kirkcaldy and across Scotland, which was reflected on the march. 

Speakers from political parties, trade unions and other groups all stated their support.

This support has put the authorities on the defensive. Keeping this pressure up can force justice for Sheku.

Ian Waddell and Lici Kopiej

Unions pour cold water on privateers 

The GMB, Unite and Unison unions are set to ballot 1,600 of their members working for Northumbrian Water, and Essex and Suffolk Water—which Northumbrian owns. 

Water bosses are attacking workers’ final salary pension scheme. 

The ballot begins on Friday of next week. 

Workers won’t cater to bosses

The unite union is balloting catering workers on North Sea oil rigs for strikes and action short of strike.

Catering Offshore Trade Association bosses had signed up to a two-year pay deal, but haven’t delivered on a 1.3 percent rise for the second year.

The ballot is set to run until mid-October.

Food workers get a piece of the dough 

Fast food workers scored a victory as Pizza Express, Giraffe and a number of other fast food chains announced on Thursday of last week that it would stop stealing workers’ tips.

Pizza Express bosses had been using an “admin fee” to skim 8 percent off tips paid by card. But they were forced to drop the fee after protests outside Pizza Express branches by the Unite union.

Unite has called a rally for fair tips on Monday 28 September.

Fast Food Rights national organising day, Wednesday 16 September, 10am-6pm, TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS 

Further strikes for security scanners  

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

Privateer Mitie has only offered workers a 1.5 percent pay deal despite a 13.5 percent rise in profits. 

Workers previously struck on 23 and 31 August.

Protest in support of Sotheby’s Two 

Around 30 people protested outside a Sotheby’s car auction in Battersea, south London, on Monday of this week in support of sacked United Voices of the World union members Barbara and Percy. They were victimised by auction house Sotheby’s.

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Tue 8 Sep 2015, 17:50 BST
Issue No. 2470
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