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Issue No. 2487

Pickets in the Unite union turned away vehicles at EDF’s head office in Bexleyheath, Kent, last week. Around 70 workers struck for five days over issues including monitors that Unite says will lead to bullying and sackings.

Pickets in the Unite union turned away vehicles at EDF’s head office in Bexleyheath, Kent, last week. Around 70 workers struck for five days over issues including monitors that Unite says will lead to bullying and sackings. (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Examine any offer carefully at DVSA

Driving Examiners in the PCS union are continuing with action short of a strike at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Talks with DVSA and the Department for Transport (DfT) at the Acas conciliation service were set to end on Tuesday of this week.

Bosses want to make staff work an extra 90 minutes a day with no payment. Any offer that fails to address this should be rejected.

Paul Williams, PCS DfT Group President (personal capacity)


FBU ballot over Yorkshire cuts

Firefighters in South Yorkshire are to ballot for action over plans to cut staff and change leave arrangements.

The FBU union members are in dispute with bosses, who want to slash a quarter of emergency call operators.


Students oppose axing of grants

Students protested in Parliament Square on Tuesday over the scrapping of student grants—and the government’s contempt for democracy.

Last week a committee of just 18 MPs voted to get rid of the maintenance grant, paid to students from low income families.

The protest, called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, coincided with a parliamentary debate called by Labour.

 


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