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Walkouts for pay at tractor factory

More than 450 workers at the New Holland Agriculture tractor factory in Basildon, Essex, held a 24 hour strike on Wednesday of last week.

The Unite union members rallied at the picket line. They are demanding better pay and conditions after being told to take on more technical and skilled work.

Further strikes are planned on Friday of this week and on the 23 and 30 October.

Anti-cuts protest in tax haven Jersey

Around 1,500 trade unionists marched in St Helier, capital of Jersey in the Channel Islands, last Saturday.

The island’s government wants to make £145 million in cuts, privatisation and extra taxes by 2019. The first proposals were set to be debated on Tuesday of next week.

The Unite union warned that one in six of Jersey’s public sector jobs could be for the chop.

Unite calls off its housing conference

The Unite union has called off a People’s Housing Conference that had been set to take place this Saturday, citing “some practical difficulties”.

A wide range of housing campaigns and other organisations had backed the conference, which was expected to attract a high turnout.

In a statement Unite said it would call a new date for the conference “soon”. The date had been chosen to mark World Homelessness Day, and activists are still set to hold smaller actions. 

Globe workers vote to accept pay deal

Tour guides at the Globe theatre in London have voted to end their fight over pay.

The members of the Bectu union struck for one day in May. They were also set for another walkout in June but suspended their action.

They had been demanding £13.50 an hour—up from the £11.24 they were given last November.

But in a consultative ballot workers voted to accept a three percent increase.

Autumn party for Fast Food Rights

The Fast Food Rights campaign is holding an Autumn party in Manchester in an attempt to engage with more fast food workers.

The event will feature a live Q&A with activists from the US and is free to all fast food workers.

Friday 9 October, 6.30pm, Moston Miners Club, 35 Teddington Rd, M40 0DJ

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Tue 6 Oct 2015, 16:30 BST
Issue No. 2474
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