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Issue No. 2488


Protesters in Huddersfield (Pic: Neil Terry)

1,000 join march for A&E

Around 1,000 people demonstrated in Huddersfield last Saturday to protest against the proposed closure of the A&E department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI).

The plan to knock down the hospital, build a smaller one and concentrate all A&E services in Halifax has caused outrage.

The speakers made it clear the rally was only the start.

There is a public meeting next week and a big demonstration and march is planned for Saturday

6 February.

The Hands Off HRI campaign got off to a good start earlier in the week when over 100 people protested outside the Clinical Commission Group meeting that launched the proposal.

Martin Jones

Strikes backing Fife postie could spread

Postal workers across a large area of Scotland could strike in defence of a sacked colleague. Members of the CWU union’s Scotland No.2 branch covering the EH, KY, TS and FK postcodes have been consulted on taking action in defence of sacked postal worker David Mitchell.

Bosses accused David of stealing mail. They have refused to reinstate him despite being ordered to by an employment tribunal.

The consultation was due to end this week. It follows two walkouts by workers at David’s delivery office in Cupar, Fife.

London students stage rent strike

Students at University College London (UCL) launched a rent strike on Monday of this week demanding a rent cut of 40 percent.

Organisers Cut the Rent say more than 150 students are withholding their rents.

They say UCL management has raised the rent by 59 percent since 2009.

This follows a successful rent strike by UCL students last year over poor conditions including rat infestations.

Motherwell XPO workers’ pay fight

Drivers and  Warehouse operatives at a logistics firm in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, were set to strike for 48 hours from Thursday of this week.

Bosses at XPO Logistics want to change their rates of pay, as well as time in lieu for workers who worked the bank holiday on 4 January.

Workers in the Unite union voted by 92 percent for strikes and 100 percent for action short of strikes on a 65 percent turnout.

Protest against fracking in valley

Around 60 people protested last Saturday in Pontrhydyfen near Port Talbot, South Wales, against moves to allow fracking in the Afan Valley.

Neath Port Talbot council—including Labour and Plaid Cymru councillors—granted planning permission for exploratory test drilling and a borehole. But fracking firm UK Methane Limited has already met with stiff resistance from residents and campaigners.

Huw Pudner

Occupy to save 120 cider jobs

Workers at Shepton Mallet Cider in Somerset were set to hold a mass meeting on Friday of this week on plans to fight its closure with 120 job losses. Their union Unite wants to seek a buyer. But it will take a fightback to save jobs.

Cumbria teachers call of strike

Teachers at Whitehaven Academy in Cumbria have called off a two-day strike planned for this week as talks continue.

The NASUWT union members struck on Thursday of last week and around 20 joined picket lines.

They are in dispute over “unacceptable” working conditions at the school, which is run by the Bright Tribe trust.

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