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Issue No. 2490

Unite’s Hotel workers’ branch demands waiters get their tips

Unite’s Hotel workers’ branch demands waiters get their tips (Pic: Guy Smallman)

A well-done protest over tips at STK

Members of the Unite union’s hotel workers’ branch held lively protests outside the STK steak house in central London on Friday and Saturday of last week.

Bosses at STK have been using waiters’ tips to top up their own salaries.

STK pays its managers and workers the same minimum wage rate.

But Unite says service charges have been used to top up the salaries of four senior managers to as much as £50,000.

Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said, “Restaurants and bars were banned from using tips to top up staff wages to the legal national minimum back in 2009.

“But that clearly hasn’t stopped STK from finding a nifty loophole to subsidise managers’ wages.”

Strike vote at Spalding Grammar School

NUT union members at Spalding Grammar School in Lincolnshire have voted unanimously for strikes over pay.

They are in dispute after bosses refused to grant them a 1 percent pay rise that other teachers have received.

NUT regional officer Nick Raine said that a huge turnout of just under 78 percent showed “the strong feelings” of teachers.”

He said, “Despite facing potentially days of strikes school management have never met with me and there are no ongoing negotiations or meetings planned.

“This makes strikes inevitable.”

Week-long walkout against library cuts in Bromley

Striking library workers braved strong winds to leaflet the public outside Bromley Central library in south London on Monday of this week.

It was the third day of a week-long strike against library cuts.

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Post workers meet ahead of pay talks

Members of the CWU union met in London on Wednesday of last week to discuss the union’s position in upcoming pay talks with Royal Mail.

It came as the government announced it was to sell off its remaining stake in the previously publicly-owned postal service.

CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey said, “We are not going to let our members be threatened with compulsory redundancy, have their pensions scheme scrapped and get no pay rises.”

NUJ union keeps FT’s presses rolling

The NUJ union called off a planned strike by Financial Times (FT) journalists at the last minute. They were set to strike on Thursday of last week.

The NUJ union members are fighting to defend their pensions.

Talks at conciliation service Acas produced a new offer. But some journalists could still lose as much as 15 percent of their pensions.

NUJ members are voting on the offer in a consultative ballot which ends on Monday.

Mushin Ahmed murder trial begins in Sheffield

A trial of two men charged with the murder of pensioner Mushin Ahmed began on Tuesday of this week at Sheffield Crown Court.

Mushin Ahmed was found injured in Rotherham, south Yorkshire, in the early hours of 10 August last year and died 11 days later.

Damien Hunt and Dale Jones have been charged with his murder. The trial continues.

Day of action over Sports Direct

Unite union activists were set to hold a nationwide day of action against retail giant Sports Direct this Saturday.

They are demanding that the retailer signs up to the living wage, ends “Victorian work practices” and transfers agency workers onto permanent, fixed hour contracts.

Sign Unite’s petition Sports Direct: stop your shameful work practices
Follow the Twitter hashtag #SportsDirectShame

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