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Issue No. 2501

Firefighters protest in Essex

Firefighters protest in Essex (Pic: Aiden Lawler)

Essex firefighters protest over cuts

Over 70 firefighters rallied in Chelmsford, Essex, last Saturday, against service cuts proposed by Essex Fire Brigade bosses.

It was called by their union, FBU. A public consultation on the cuts ended on Monday.

Strike as mustard action hots up

Colman’s mustard workers at Unilever in Norwich struck for 24 hours on Tuesday.

The workers, in the GMB and Unite unions, are fighting for a pay increase of at least 2.4 percent. This is the average for manufacturing workers in Britain in 2015.

The industrial action began last week with a refusal to work on machines where training had not been given.

Pickets in Glasgow

Pickets in Glasgow (Pic: Dave Sherry)

Scaffolders build a wage parity fight

Around 70 scaffolders and others struck on Monday and Tuesday at the building site for Glasgow Construction and Renewable Energy Centre.

They were hired in November 2013 by Interserve on lower wages than workers hired since. They want the same pay as their colleagues.

For some the difference is almost £5 an hour. The Unite union members plan another two-day strike starting on Tuesday of next week.

Drivers could stop sites

The Unite union is set to begin a strike ballot of drivers for building supply giant Marshalls.

The drivers get overtime paid at a rate of time and a third, and want this increased to the time and a half paid to Marshall’s manufacturing workers.

They supply thousands of building sites across Britain and a strike would pack a powerful punch.

Buyout could save Butterfields homes

Residents of Butterfields estate in Walthamstow, north east London celebrated a boost to their campaign to stay in their homes last week.

Social landlord Dolphin Homes has started talks with the current owners, who had begun to auction off homes and prepare for evictions.

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