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Issue No. 2491

Strikers at Oxfordshire County Council

Strikers at Oxfordshire County Council (Pic: Kate Douglas)

Strike for children's services in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council staff striking on Tuesday of this week against plans to shut 44 children centres and seven early intervention hubs. The Unite union members voted by 83 percent for the action in Tory David Cameron’s constituency.

The council wants to slash £8 million from children services for 2016/17—cutting the budget in half.

Unofficial walkout hits Coventry bins

Refuse workers working for Coventry City Council walked out on unofficial strike on Tuesday of last week to stop bosses sacking their Unite union convenor.

Most of the 100 workers took part in the action, with dozens descending on the council offices to protest.

More than 30,000 bins went unemptied, the local press reported.

They returned to work last Thursday and are now balloting for an official strike. Workers consider the disciplinary action against their convenor to be trumped up.

It concerns a poster for a demonstration in support of two other colleagues going through grievance procedures.

They were right to take unofficial action in defence of their union.

Should they come out unofficially trade unionists everywhere should come behind them and push to give them maximum solidarity.

No trust imposition say Sandwell children's service workers

Social workers in Sandwell, West Midlands, could strike if plans to move children’s services into a trust are announced.

Unison union members voted for a ballot on industrial action if the government decides to hand control of the services to an independent trust. The union will ballot members “as soon as practicable” if any transfer is imposed.

Day of action against Sports Direct shame

trade unionists and activists staged protests outside Sports Direct stores across Britain last Saturday.

The action was part of a national campaign day organised by the Unite union against the retailer’s “Victorian” work practices.

A #SportsDirectshame campaign started after a TV investigation showed staff being named and shamed for not working fast enough at its Shirebrook Warehouse.

Students march to stop Nazis in Kent

Some 700 University of Kent students marched on Friday of last week to defend the campus mosque from Nazi group Britain First.

The small fascist group turned up at a mosque open day declaring “No more mosques” and threatened to return but students organised the march against them.

The students now plan to organise for the 19 March Stand Up to Racism march.

Protest supports the Heathrow 13

People whose homes are threatened by the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport rallied in support of the Heathrow 13 protesters on Sunday of last week.

The 13 face jail for peacefully blocking a runway in protest against expansion.

Protest at the sentencing on Wednesday 24 February. Assemble 9am, Willesden Magistrates Court, 448 High Rd, London, NW10 2DZ.

No public cash to referendum racists

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), has launched a petition to the Electoral Commission.

It calls on it not to give public money to either the Vote Leave or Leave.EU

campaigns, or any amalgam, in the EU referendum.

If the Electoral Commission can be persuaded not to choose either of them as an official campaign, that will be a significant blow against Ukip and their Tory allies. But it would also undermine the Remain campaign.

Sign the petition at

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