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Issue No. 2499

Around 300 people joined an International Roma Day march in Glasgow last Saturday to celebrate Roma culture and highlight discrimination

Around 300 people joined an International Roma Day march in Glasgow last Saturday to celebrate Roma culture and highlight discrimination (Pic: Stephen McBroom)

Trade unionists for Calais

Trade unionists in Britain have repeatedly organised solidarity for refugees in Calais.

Over 100 trade unionists from unions including the NUT, Unison, PCS, RMT and UCU joined recent delegations to Calais.

Workers have collected money and other essentials.

They are also demanding that the Tory government lets refugees into Britain.

Another convoy to Calais is planned for 11 June.

Stand Up to Racism has organised a Trade Unionists for Calais summit in central London to discuss how to involve more trade unionists in the campaign.

Trade Unionists for Calais Summit. Sunday 24 April, 11am-5pm, Student Central, Malet St, London WC1E 7HY. Go to to register

New steel bosses take over

Tata Steel agreed to sell its long products division, including the large Scunthorpe works, to Greybull Capital on Monday.

The rest of Tata’s assets in Britain, including the Port Talbot plant in South Wales, are still up for sale.

The new bosses say they will make the plant profitable again. This starts with attacking workers.

They have been asked to accept 3 percent pay cut and a worse pension.

To workers fearing the sack this could seem like a reprieve, it won’t stop bosses making layoffs in future and it does nothing for workers in other sites.

Work up an appetite for fast food action

Fast food workers and their supporters were set to take action on Thursday of this week in solidarity with striking workers in the US.

A march and rally were set to take place in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, with protests also planned in Glasgow, Scarborough and Cambridge.

Over 70 people attended a planning meeting in Glasgow on Friday of last week.

Co-op drivers bring dispute to a halt

Co-op drivers have voted to accept bosses’ proposals and end their dispute. The workers’ union Unite recommended acceptance.

The drivers had voted for strikes after the Co-op outsourced 87 Coventry drivers to haulage firm Eddie Stobart.

Unite warned this could lead to further outsourcing and attacks on conditions. It now says bosses have given “assurances that provide confidence”.

Ambulance workers sound the alarm

The GMB union is balloting outsourced health workers in Sussex for industrial action over working conditions.

They work for Thames Ambulance, one of the firms that took over the service on 1 April.

It only provides one base station, so most workers will have longer travel periods and shift changes.

‘The rich aren’t paying their share’

Campaigners protested in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, last Saturday about tax avoidance and the Tories.

They included activists fighting cuts to the Women’s Aid service for survivors of domestic violence.

People made the link between tax avoidance and cuts. Social worker Angie, said, “The rich aren’t paying their fair share and vulnerable people suffer as a result.”

Jen Dunstan-Furniss

Lincoln firefighters warn against cuts

Firefighters in Lincoln protested last Saturday against bosses’ proposal of leaving a fire station with no crew on shift at night.

Response times between 6.30pm and 7.30am would rise by at least two minutes.

FBU union member Dan Taylor said that time “is the difference between taking some action or just standing back and watching it burn”.

Bosses also propose to remove a high rise ladder in Skegness and scrap two rescue vehicles in Grantham.

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Tue 12 Apr 2016, 17:38 BST
Issue No. 2499
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