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Issue No. 2485

Cass Arts occupation ends over London Met campus cuts

Student protesters at the Cass School of Arts and Design in east London ended their occupation of a gallery space last month.

The students are fighting plans to close the campus, which is part of London Met University, and merge it with a campus in north London.

They have promised to fight on against the closure.


Strike at Thirteen housing association group in Teesside

More than 300 workers in the Unite union struck at Teesside housing association group Thirteen last month.

Workers had been told to sign up to new conditions or face the sack. A work to rule and overtime ban continued after the strike. Another strike could follow this month.


NSL Brighton traffic wardens vote for pay deal

Traffic wardens working for outsourcing giant NSL in Brighton and Hove have voted to accept a new two-year pay deal raising their basic rate from £7.85 to £8.87 an hour.

The GMB union members struck for four days at the beginning of December. They were due to walk out for three days over Christmas, but the action was called off after bosses made a new offer.


South Yorkshire fire bosses face action over job cuts

The firefighters’ FBU union is in dispute with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s plan to slash a quarter of control operators, who handle emergency calls, in the region.

The FBU warned that it would ballot for industrial action if the authority had not withdrawn the planned cuts by Wednesday of this week.


Ballot end could bring library strike in Lambeth

A strike ballot of library workers in Lambeth, south London, was set to end on Tuesday of this week.

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

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


Interpreters beat pay cut at Home Office

Home Office interpreters have forced the Tories to back away from a planned pay cut.

The interpreters, who are self employed, said they would refuse to take accept Home Office assignments in response to plans to cut their hourly rates.

The planned boycott forced the Home Office to defer the pay cut and negotiate with the interpreters.


Strike votes at Trinity Mirror local newspapers

Journalists at five local newspapers owned by Trinity Mirror have voted to strike against management plans to introduce new targets.

Bosses at Trinity Mirror want to impose targets aimed at increasing the number of hits each online article gets. Workers voted to strike at the Daily Post in Wales, Liverpool Echo, Coventry Telegraph, Birmingham Post and Mail, and the Newcastle Chronicle.


New ballot for Sheffield Green Company recycling workers

The GMB union is balloting recycling workers in Sheffield for strikes as part of a longrunning dispute over pay, health and safety, and alleged management bullying.

The workers are employed by the Green Company, a subcontractor for outsourcing giant Veolia.

Veolia manages environmental services for the Labour-run Sheffield City Council.


No to the Nazis in Dover

Anti-racists are organising to mobilise against the Nazis in Dover.

The Nazi National Front plans to march in Dover on Saturday 30 January, along with other Nazi groups.

The Kent Anti Racism Network has called a counter-demonstration, which is backed by Unite Against Fascism and a number of trade union branches.

Join the protest—assemble at 11am, Saturday 30 January, Market Square, Dover. Go to uaf.org.uk for more information

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