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Issue No. 2511

Workers at Wood Street demonstrating last week

Workers at Wood Street demonstrating last week (Pic: Julie Sherry)

All-out strike going on strong

United Voices of the World union members protested at 100 Wood Street in the City of London this Tuesday.

The cleaners walked out indefinitely at the beginning of last month against the sacking of half theirco-workers.

They’re also fighting for the Living Wage.

Supporters from the Bfawu and Unite unions, the Blacklist Support Group, and other organisations joined the demo in solidarity.

Petros Elia, general secretary of the union, told Socialist Worker, “We’re going to stick it out for as long as necessary until we get our demands met.”

Protesters and oil bosses in a frackas

Anti-fracking campaigners were set to protest in Manchester on Wednesday outside a conference sponsored by industry lobby group United Onshore Oil and Gas.

The nearly £1,000 a head summit includes sessions on “speeding up the decision making process”.

Glass bosses blow hard, workers strike

Over 300 workers at manufacturer Encirc Glass in Chester struck last Thursday and Friday.

They rejected a two-year pay deal based on a two percent rise in year one and the conversion of bonus pay into basic pay in year two.

Libraries strike to save mobile library

Library workers in Greenwich, south east London, struck for 48 hours from Tuesday to save the borough’s mobile library services. They are in the Unite union.

The cut would save just £126,000 a year. The council has reserves of £320 million.

Union calls E.Off meter fixers’ strike

A planned four-day strike by 400 meter fixers in Bolton, Nottingham and Kingswinford was suspended last week.

The nearly 400 Unite union members previously struck for four days last month against plans to make them work longer as part of a new pay deal.

Unite said the second walkout had been suspended “to enable further talks with the company” E.On.

Disability activists stage lively protest

Campaigns including Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac) held a protest outside a mental health therapy trade conference in central London on Tuesday.

Dpac and others have also called for nationwide protests on Wednesday of next week against the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit.

They demanded mental health bodies stop backing government schemes putting therapists in job centres.

Journos tell bosses to spike job cuts

Journalists at the Daily Post newspaper in north Wales have voted to strike.

Changes at the newspaper, owned by Trinity Mirror, will see six jobs scrapped and replaced with six different ones.

The journalists’ NUJ union has warned this could mean understaffing and unreasonable workloads.

Unite conference to debate Brexit and Trident

Delegates at the Unite union’s policy conference in Brighton next week will debate the union’s strategy, the Labour Party and the fallout from Brexit.

One major debate will be the renewal of Trident nuclear missiles. Unite has called for Labour to put Trident workers’ jobs before nuclear disarmament. But several branches, including in the defence sector, have submitted motions against Trident.

The conference will also be an opportunity to build more support for movements against austerity and racism.

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Tue 5 Jul 2016, 17:04 BST
Issue No. 2511
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