Workers pour cold water on bosses
Workers at Northumbrian Water began indefinite action short of strike on Tuesday of this week.
The GMB and Unite union members are fighting bosses’ attacks on their final salary pension scheme. The action follows ballots by both unions.
EDF energy strike called off for talks
The Unite union called off a planned week-long strike of around 70 EDF energy workers on Friday of last week for talks at conciliation service Acas.
The action was set to start on Monday of this week as part of a broader dispute involving around 500 staff.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said EDF made a “significant concession” on the main issue of working hours.
Activists prepare to take on developers
Housing campaigners from across London were set to protest outside the Mipim property fair at the Olympia centre in West London on Wednesday of this week.
Mipim brings together representatives of councils and other public bodies with private developers for networking and making deals.
Private firms can make huge profits building on public land.
And councils hit by funding cuts are clearing out council estates to get a piece of the action.
PCS stops court fines privatisation
Ministry of Justice bosses have retreated from privatising one of their agencies after campaigning by the PCS civil service workers’ union.
They had been planning for the last five years to outsource the National Compliance and Enforcement Service, which collects court fines. But the government has said it will still pursue “in house modernisation” instead.
UN heads welfare probe
United Nations (UN) officials have arrived in Britain to investigate whether welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights.
The Special Rapporteur for Disability and others will tour Britain taking evidence from individuals and campaigns.
A complaint from Disabled People Against Cuts initiated the investigation.
Disability campaign Black Triangle is making another complaint about the death of Michael O’Sullivan.
Student tour against Prevent
Students across Britain are organising against the Tories’ Islamophobic Prevent strategy.
Prevent forces universities to report students to the police if they suspect them of “extremism”.
The Students Not Suspects tour was organised by the NUS Black Students campaign, the Federation of Islamic Societies (Fosis), the UCU lecturers’ union and Defend the Right to Protest.
It held meetings at a number of universities last week. Further ones were set to take place at Manchester University on Wednesday of this week and Strathclyde University on Thursday.
Demo for Lambeth libraries called
Around 60 people joined a meeting against library closures at the Minet Library in Lambeth, south London, on Monday night of this week.
And 50 attended a similar meeting at the Tate South Lambeth Library last Saturday.
The Labour council is pushing through the closure of seven libraries.
Activists have called a demo for 7 November from Brixton to council cabinet member Jane Edbrooke’s surgery.