Firefighters sound the alarm for jobs
Firefighters in the West Midlands could ballot for action over plans to cut 300 jobs, the FBU union said. West Midlands Fire Service says the jobs will go through “natural wastage”. This means that when a worker leaves or retires they will not be replaced. It will leave the service understaffed.
New pay offer for offshore caterers
The Unite union has said it will ballot its members working under the Caterers Offshore Trade Association on a new offer from bosses. Unite members voted for strikes after bosses reneged on the second year of a two-year pay deal. It was not clear as Socialist Worker went to press if the new offer included restoring this.
A consultative ballot will close on Friday 4 December.
Protests in Britain alongside US strike
Fast food rights campaigners held protests outside fast food restaurants across Britain on Tuesday of this week.Members of the Fast Food Rights campaign and GMB union called the protests to coincide with a strike by fast food workers in the US.
The campaigners are demanding £10 an hour for fast food workers and the right to a union.The GMB also held a protest outside Turtle Bay in Walthamstow, north London, on Friday of last week.Turtle Bay bosses have been charging workers3 percent of their tips at the end of every shift.
Bolton journalists refuse to be cut
Journalists at the Bolton News are preparing to ballot for industrial action over plans to sack ten workers—almost a quarter of the editorial workforce. Owner Newsquest has slashed jobs at local papers across Britain. The balloting workers are in the NUJ union.
Victory for Hackney traffic wardens
Traffic wardens in Hackney, east London, have won a pay rise and a sick pay policy after striking in August. The 30 Unite union members are employed by Apcoa on behalf of Hackney council. They had been set to strike again this month, prompting bosses to make a last ditch offer. They were set to vote on it on Tuesday of this week.
Kick Islamophobia off our campuses
Students are getting ready for a national day of action against the Islamophobic “Prevent” strategy on Monday 7 December. Prevent forces universities to spy on Muslims and report them for “extremism”.
The day of action, called by NUS and other organisations, is set to involve leafleting, meetings and protests.
Shout out for PCS activist Iain Yell
Members of the PCS union are campaigning for the reinstatement of sacked HMRC worker and activist Iain Yell. Iain was dismissed due to absences related to his depression. The PCS argues that this is discrimination arising from disability.