Support staff set for battle
Further education (FE) support workers held a protest outside pay talks with Scotland’s college bosses in Glasgow last Thursday.
Workers voted 83 percent for strikes after bosses awarded lecturers a flat rate rise of £450 but only offered some support workers £230.
The Unison union members were joined in their protest by EIS-Fela lecturers’ union members. Support workers want parity with lecturers.
Lecturers won a big rise after a one-day strike, a programme of extended strikes and determined political campaigning.
Ready for sequel to Ritzy pay dispute
Cinema workers in south London were set to announce a strike ballot result as Socialist Worker went to press.
Members of the Bectu union at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton are demanding the London Living Wage.
A fight for the living wage at the Ritzy in 2014 ended after 13 strike days. Workers won a pay increase but did not secure their full demands.
Prudential workers won’t accept outsourcing
Unite union members at Prudential in Reading have voted by 97 percent for industrial action to save jobs.
The insurance firm wants to outsource 81 workers dealing with insurance payments to Mumbai, India. Prudential calls this work “Project Jupiter”.
Workers were set to start boycotting work relating to Project Jupiter this week.
Journalists vote on strike action as workloads soar
Journalists working for Newsquest newspapers in south London are balloting for strikes over low staffing and high workloads
A well supported walkout last year saw journalists strike for nine consecutive days.
The strikers won the London Living Wage for trainee reporters, but a damaging restructure and job cuts went ahead.
Put extra pressure on the Housing Act
Housing activists are set to hold a protest outside parliament next week in opposition to the Housing Act.
MPs return for a week from their holidays and activists are using the opportunity to put them under pressure. Some councils in London are now openly opposing the Act.
Parts of it require secondary legislation for some of its measures to come into effect. This means more debates in parliament.
Pride confronts bigotry and racism
Thousands of LGBT+ people and their supporters joined the annual Pride march in Manchester last Saturday.
The LGBT+ Supports Refugees and Migrants group and Stand Up to Racism Manchester led a lively anti-racist bloc.
In a powerful show of unity against homophobia and racism, the bloc was joined by a number of LGBT+ Muslims.
Other activists lay in the road to stop a police float from joining the parade in protest at the treatment of trans prisoners.
We want rights not games, say activists
To coincide with the Paralympic Games, Disabled People Against Cuts has called a week of action leading up to its conference. Events include:
- Sun 4 Sept
This exhibition highlights the impact of austerity on disabled people, in association with the PCS union’s culture section. It will pop up both at a location in central London and online at art4rightsdpac.wordpress.com from 2pm.
- Mon 5 Sept
Campaigners mark a year since the closure of the Independent Living Fund. A meeting in the House of Commons at 2pm will launch a report by Inclusion London into the impact of the closure. To book a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org Then pop-up street theatre will pay tribute to independent living. Meet outside parliament from 8pm.
- Tue 6 Sept
Rights Not Games
Nationwide day of action with local protests against the many different cuts and attacks disabled people face. For details of your nearest protest go to bit.ly/2c0huIR
- Wed 7 Sept
Remember the victims of welfare reform and tell Theresa May the deaths must stop as prime minister’s questions returns after the summer recess. Meet outside Downing St at 12 noon. Bring white flowers. Mourning dress optional.
- Thur 8 Sept
Online action Rights Not Games virtual protest. For details go to bit.ly/2c359T3
- Sat 10 Sept
Dpac’s conference brings activists from Canada, Greece, Ireland, Bulgaria and Germany as well as shadow chancellor and long-time Dpac supporter Labour’s John McDonnell. For more info or to book, contact email@example.com