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Issue No. 2510

Antifascists protest in Newcastle

Antifascists protest in Newcastle (Pic: Shumel Rahman)

Fascists kicked out of Newcastle

Anti-fascists in Newcastle mobilised to oppose a small group of Nazis last Saturday.

Around 20 fascists from the English Defence League, North East Infidels and the National Front gathered in Newcastle.

They were protesting against immigration and refugees. Newcastle Unites and Unite Against Fascism organised a counter-protest that drew almost 300 people.

Airport workers in Scotland strike against pension cuts

Workers at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports are voting on strikes against cuts to their pensions.

The Unite union is balloting around 480 workers employed by owners AGS Airports, a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie.

In a consultative ballot workers rejected changes to their pensions that would see their retirement incomes fall. The union has offered a proposal that would see an annual £3.5 million cut.

The ballot closes on Wednesday 13 July.

Southampton airport firefighters fight bosses’ pension cut

Firefighters at Southampton airport are set to ballot for strikes over changes to their pensions.

The workers are members of the Unite union.

They were told by the company that owns the airport, AGS, that it would be drastically reducing its contributions to workers’ pensions.

Unite offered a deal that would have cut the bosses’ contributions from 44 percent of whatever workers put in to 20-21 percent.

This was not enough for the firm, which wants a reduction to 17 percent.

Unite regional officer Phil Silkstone said, “The company’s response left our Southampton members with no other option but to ballot for industrial action.”

Hotel worker wins a serving of justice

ME hotel has reinstated victimised worker Robert Czegely. Robert, a member of the Unite union’s hotel workers’ branch, was fired for having trade union leaflets after management searched his locker.

In a statement released on Monday, Unite announced that an agreement had been reached between the union and the hotel.

The campaign for Robert’s reinstatement has played a vital part in this victory.

Demonstrations and similar activity put pressure on the hotel and its parent company, Melia Hotels.

Bus workers strike against bosses’ 'broken promises'

Bus drivers in Weymouth extended their strike this week with action set to take place on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It follows a five-day strike from Monday to Friday of last week.

The Unite union members want bosses at First to pay them as much as workers doing a similar job in nearby areas. Nearly 90 percent voted for the strikes.

The strike has had a real impact. Bosses have been forced to run a drastically reduced “emergency timetable” with some services cancelled altogether.

Unite regional officer Bob Lanning accused bosses of “bad faith and broken promises”. He added, “First Bus is a profitable company and only last week announced a UK-wide profit for its bus division of £52 million—the money is there, but not apparently for our low-paid members.”

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Tue 28 Jun 2016, 16:29 BST
Issue No. 2510
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