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Issue No. 2521

Prudential strike against job cuts

Workers at insurance company Prudential in Reading, Berkshire, were set to strike on Friday of this week and next against plans to move jobs to India.

They are members of the Unite union. They are already taking action short of a strike, boycotting work relating to the “Project Jupiter” that will move some work to Mumbai.

Despite claiming that only 51 jobs are at risk, bosses have sent out 82 redundancy notices.

Easyjet pilots are tired of the bosses

Around 2,000 Easyjet pilots are balloting for industrial action. The pilots’ Balpa union said that “fatigue had risen year on year”.

The ballot runs until 21 September.

Strikes could hit half term holidays in October, although the union says no plans have yet been made.

Newsquest pushes staff beyond limits

Journalists working at Newsquest titles in south London have voted by 71 percent in favour of strikes.

The ballot result comes days after the company announced plans to put nearly all of the newsroom at risk of redundancy.

The bosses’ orginal plan was to axe 11 jobs. The remaining 18 workers will be expected to produce 11 newspapers and eight websites if the cuts go ahead.

Protest in Telford for Dalian Atkinson

The campaign for justice for Dalian Atkinson is set to hold a protest leaving from Telford town park this Saturday.

Dalian was killed by Taser after police were called to his father’s house on 14 August.

lFor more on the protest go to

Join summit to beat Tories’ Housing Act

Activists from the Axe the Housing Act campaign protested outside parliament last week.

Activists need to keep the pressure on local authorities to take a stand against it.

Next month’s Axe the Housing Act summit is the place to bring together activists and councillors who oppose the Act to discuss the next steps in the campaign.

Axe the Housing Act summit, 22 October, Hamilton House, London, WC1H 9BD. Go to
  • A protest will take place on 8 October against cuts to services and housing in Lambeth, south London. Assemble 12 noon, Windrush Square, Brixton.

Safety workers in Glasgow strike over attack on pay

Some 140 workers employed by Community Safety Glasgow (CSG), a company of Glasgow City Council, struck last weekend.

The solid strike by Unison, Unite and GMB union members coincided with the season’s first Celtic v Rangers football game.

It led to disruption in other council services.

Bosses want workers to accept less pay than other workers in Glasgow City Council for shift work.

Their night shift pay would be barely half that of other council workers.

Some workers are facing a pay cut of up to £4,000 a year as a result of CSG’s pay review.

More strike dates were yet to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Tue 13 Sep 2016, 16:35 BST
Issue No. 2521
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