Teachers’ NUT ballot set to close this week
An England-wide strike ballot in the NUT teachers’ union was set to end on Wednesday of this week.
Teachers are voting for action over the impact of Tory education policies and funding cuts.
A yes vote must lead to hard-hitting strikes.
National Pensioners Convention delegates fed up with meek tactics
The National Pensioners Convention’s (NPC) annual Pensioners’ Parliament took place in Blackpool last week.
Speakers calling for support for refugees and migrants and for a Europe where big business doesn’t treat democracy with contempt got the biggest applause.
Many delegates were frustrated by the NPC’s focus on lobbying MPs.
They called for an end to “the bells and whistles” and for national protests and demonstrations.
Tottenham vicar refuses to pay council tax
Reverend Paul Nicolson faces jail for non-payment of council tax.
The well-known campaigner against poverty and racism from Tottenham, north London, owes £2,831.42 in council tax since 2013.
The 84-year-old retired vicar stopped paying council tax in response to the ending of a centrally administered council tax benefit in April 2013.
Before then millions of people on low incomes paid no council tax.
Action short of a strike at BIS office
PCS union members at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in Sheffield are fighting against plans to relocate their office to London.
They began action short of strike on Monday that is set to last until 18 July.
The planned closure of the Sheffield office threatens hundreds of jobs.
The action will involve an overtime ban and refusing to cover for absent workers.
Menzies Distribution workers vote for strike action
Unite union members at Menzies Distribution have voted by 86 percent to strike for higher pay.
Bosses imposed a pay deal of £7.25 an hour in April–only five pence above the new “national living wage” of £7.20. The workers deliver newspapers across Britain.
Unite had not announced dates for strikes as Socialist Worker went to press.