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Issue No. 2493

Mushin Ahmed’s killers found guilty

A jury has found Dale Jones and Damien Hunt guilty of the racist killing of pensioner Mushin Ahmed.

Jones was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years. Hunt was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 14 years.

Mushin Ahmed was attacked on his way to morning prayers in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, on 10 August last year. He later died in hospital.

The trial at Sheffield Crown Court has heard that Jones held “racist beliefs” and thought Pakistani men were all “rapists”.

Stormy weather ahead for bosses

Stormy weather met office prospect strike

Met Office workers struck like lightning (Pic: Frank Camp/Flickr)

Prospect union members at the Met Office weather forecaster struck for 24 hours on Wednesday of last week to demand equal pay for women.

Government restrictions on pay at the Met Office mean women meteorologists earn around £7,000 less than men.

That’s a ten percent pay gap.

Firefighters turn the heat up on bosses

Firefighters in the West Midlands were set to start an overtime ban on Thursday of this week in a fight over pay and understaffing.

The FBU union members voted for the ban after bosses cut overtime pay from the time and a half pay rate to the flat rate.

West Midlands Fire Service relies on firefighters working overtime after cutting hundreds of jobs.

Co-op truck drivers balloted for strikes

The Unite union is balloting more than 700 Co-op truck drivers over strikes against outsourcing.

The Co-op plans to transfer 87 workers based in Coventry to haulage giant Eddie Stobart.

A haulage strike can have an immense impact.

Workers should vote yes and Unite should call action quickly.

The ballot closes on Monday 14 March.

Union sounds the alarm in Sussex

The GMB union is moving towards a dispute with bosses at Sussex Patient Transport Services.

The workers face a transfer from the NHS’s South East Coast Ambulance Service to outsourcers VM Langfords and Coperforma from 1 April.

The union says that new bosses have set “unreasonable” preconditions for talks about the transfer.

Reinstate RMT union rep Glen Hart

The RMT Tube workers’ union has called on its members to take industrial action in defence of victimised union rep Glen Hart. It follows a two to one vote in favour of action.

Tube workers are set for a 24-hour overtime ban from 6pm on Wednesday this week.

The union demands that bosses immediately end Glen’s suspension. Glen told Socialist Worker, “It’s important that RMT has called this action.

“Not only does it keep the ballot live while attempts to resolve the issue take place, it reiterates the primary reason why I was suspended 17 months ago.”

Overtime bans can cause substantial disruption on the Tube.

But if bosses don’t back off disciplining Glen, workers will need to prepare for stronger action.

Scottish posties ballot for strikes

Postal workers in the CWU union’s Scotland No 2 branch are balloting for strikes over a colleague’s victimisation.

David Mitchell from Cupar in Fife was sacked in 2014 after he was accused of stealing mail. Bosses have refused to reinstate David despite an employment tribunal ruling. Some 3,000 postal workers across Scotland could strike in March they vote in favour.

  • Almost 100 CWU union members in Wandsworth, south London, staged an unofficial walkout over health and safety concerns on Wednesday last week.

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