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Issue No. 2480

Leicester fire crews protest over cuts

Some 100 firefighters protested in Leicester last Saturday against cuts.

Bosses at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service want to sack a third of staff, close two stations and replace some fire engines with smaller vehicles.

Firefighter Sam Greasley said, “Turnout times would be extended to about 12 minutes. That is not good enough.”

GMB elects new general secretary

Tim Roache has been elected as general secretary of the GMB, the third largest trade union in Britain.

Roache, the GMB Yorkshire and North Derbyshire regional secretary, won with 15,034 votes. His challenger Paul McCarthy, head of the North West and Irish region, garnered 11,454.

Water workers protest in Durham

Dozens of water workers joined a protest outside Northumbrian Water’s headquarters in Durham last Saturday.

The GMB and Unite union members are fighting plans slash their pensions. They have been taking action short of strike since 20 October.

Will bus stoppage get drivers a break?

Over 200 Arriva bus drivers in Medway, Kent, have begun a ballot for industrial action over the introduction of new timetables.

Their union Unite warns the changes mean unrealistic running times on routes.

Drivers are also being kept at the wheel for five and a half hours with as little as four minutes “recovery” time.

The ballot closes on Wednesday 25 November.

Two-day rail strike called off in Wales

A 48-hour strike by train drivers at Arriva Wales last week was suspended following “important progress in last minute talks” the drivers’ RMT rail union said.

The dispute is around pay and safe working conditions.

London’s teachers demand housing

Around 30 teachers met last Wednesday to launch a London teachers housing campaign.

NUT union deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney introduced the NUT’s survey of young London teachers. Only 3 percent said they could afford a home, and 20 percent lived with parents.

Other speakers included Eileen Short from Defend Council Housing.

Emma Davis

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