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Issue No. 2505

Rio cinema strikes against bosses’ cut

Workers at the Rio cinema in, Dalston, east London, were set to strike this Wednesday against job cuts and attacks on the union.

The Bectu union members recently won a battle to get bosses to pay workers back pay from 2013.

But bosses then slashed hours and plan to get rid of the posts held by union reps.

100 percent vote to strike on Croydon Tramlink

Tram drivers in south London have voted 100 percent for strikes over pay in a dispute with Croydon Tramlink operator FirstGroup.

The Aslef union members suffered a cut to their pension benefits last year. The increased cost of paying for their own pension, which is up to £120 per month, is much more than the pay rise offered by FirstGroup.

The union said strikes were “inevitable” unless fat cat bosses addressed the cut to workers’ living standards.

Prestwich college talks this week

Bosses at Prestwich Arts College in Manchester have cut the number of redundancies they threaten to impose on workers. They are now proposing one compulsory redundancy.

Bosses previously said it was four and then said two was their “final offer”.

NUT union members at the college have held six days of solid strikes against the cuts. Their action has piled pressure on the bosses.

They agreed to suspend strikes for talks this week.

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Ripe targets are rotten, say workers

UCU union members at Newcastle University could take industrial action to defend conditions. The workers have voted in favour of strikes and action short of a strike against

the implementation of Research and Innovation Performance Expectations (Ripe).

These will introduce a number of new “performance targets” for workers to meet.

Workers see it as part of the Tory plan to privatise higher education.

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Union debates how to resist job cuts

Post Office workers met in central London on Monday to discuss their response to an attack on their jobs.

Post Office bosses announced plans last week to slash as many as 600 jobs in its cash handling business.

The workers’ CWU union has attacked the plans and organised the meeting to discuss the response.

Taxi drivers march in Nottingham

Over 250 taxi drivers in the Unite union marched in Nottingham to protest against the council’s closure of the taxi rank at Station Street.

They were supported by the local disabled and pensioners’ organisations.

An angry protest outside the council offices demanded to see the councillor in charge of transport.

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