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Issue No. 2484

CWU union members rally at Mount Pleasant delivery office in London for Postal Workers Day on Monday of this week

CWU union members rally at Mount Pleasant delivery office in London for Postal Workers Day on Monday of this week (Pic: Alan Kenny)


NSL traffic wardens walk out in Brighton

Traffic wardens in Brighton and Hove struck for higher pay on Friday and Saturday of last week.

The GMB union members are demanding a 4 percent pay rise from outsourcing giant NSL.

The workers were set to walk out between 19 and 23 December. They struck for two days at the beginning of this month.

A recent win by traffic wardens in the Unison union in Camden, north London, shows that NSL can be made to back down. They forced a 5.4 percent increase from NSL bosses after 11 days of strikes.


Arriva Trains Wales workers strike in Chester

Workers at rail engineering firm Alstom in Chester struck for 24 hours on Thursday of last week.

They maintain trains on the Arriva Trains Wales franchise.

The RMT union members are in dispute over pay and conditions.

They began action short of strike on Friday of last week, meaning they will not take overtime or work any rest days.


Lambeth library workers to ballot over cuts

Library workers in Lambeth, south London, are set to begin a ballot for strikes on Wednesday of this week.

They are fighting cuts to libraries implemented by the Labour-run council.

The Unison union members walked out unofficially last month and shut the borough’s ten libraries for the day.

The ballot is set to last into the New Year.


Yorkshire Nazis met with protest

South Yorkshire Casuals, a split from the English Defence League held a demonstration against accepting refugees in Barnsley last Saturday

They mustered about 70, including a coach from the North East of England.

A counter rally of around 70 people assembled in the town centre. It was lively and a number of refugees spoke.

The counter protest was called by Barnsley Trades Council, Barnsley Borough City of Sanctuary, Stand Up to Racism and Unite Against Fascism.

George Arthur


Medway bus bosses get a Christmas gift

In an unnecessary gift to the bosses, the Unite union called off a bus drivers’ strike set to take place in Medway, Kent, on Monday of this week.

Regional officer Dave Weeks called it a “goodwill gesture for passengers eager to do their Christmas shopping”.

But the busy period gives workers extra leverage.

The workers walked out last week against bosses’ changes to their timetable. Bosses offered concessions but more strikes are planned in January.


L&G insurance workers’ strike on the cards

The Unite union began a ballot for strikes against job cuts at Legal & General insurance company (L&G) in Kingswood, Surrey, on Friday of last week.

Up to 1,550 jobs are threatened by plans to close the site in 2017. Workers voted by 68 percent for strikes in a consultative ballot in September.


Waiters tipped for ME Hotel protest

Hotel workers were set to protest outside the ME Hotel on The Strand, central London, on Thursday and Friday of this week.

The Unite union, which has called the protests, say bosses from hotel owner Melia are taking 6 percent of tips from restaurant staff.


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