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Issue No. 2522

Some 200 workers protested against privatisation of ICT services at Glasgow council on Monday

Some 200 workers protested against privatisation of ICT services at Glasgow council on Monday (Pic: Duncan Brown)

PCS members out for better pay

Security guards working at Met Police control centres in London struck on Tuesday and Friday of last week. Workers were set to strike again this Thursday.

The PCS union members walked out at the centres where emergency calls are handled.

They are demanding an improved pay offer from outsourcer Engie. Pickets were well attended.

March to stop kids' ward closure in Doncaster

More than 700 people marched through Dorchester on Saturday of last week, opposing closure of the Kingfisher children’s medical ward.

The Special Children and Babies Unit could move as well.

The campaign began with a demonstration of several hundred in June 2015 when the review of local hospital and medical services was announced.

Campaigners fear that the plan is to downgrade Dorchester Hospital.

Fred Lindop

Lights, camera, action— strike at the Ritzy

Bectu union members at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, were set to strike from 12 noon on Saturday of this week.

They plan to walk out after bosses at Ritzy’s owner Picturehouse Cineworld Cinemas refused to negotiate on their pay claims.

They are demanding the London Living Wage, company sick pay, maternity, paternity and adoption pay and fairer differentials. Some 90 percent voted in favour of action.

Prudent decision to strike wins a victory

Industrial action and the threat of strikes has won new jobs for 82 workers at insurers Prudential in Reading.

They faced job losses as part of planned outsourcing of Prudential annuities back office to Mumbai in India.

Unite union members began action short of a strike on 31 August and had called strikes for Thursday and Friday of last week. These were suspended for talks.

Haringey united against demolitions

Residents of Haringey, north London, met on Monday to discuss the next steps in the campaign to stop Haringey council from redeveloping the Northumberland Park estate and parts of the surrounding area.

Paul Burnham

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Unite members set to deliver a strike

Some 300 newspaper delivery workers were set to strike on Friday of this week and Monday of next.

Menzies Distribution bosses have offered a pathetic pay rise to £7.25 an hour while slashing holiday entitlements.

The strike could disrupt newsagents across Britain.

Workers also begin an overtime ban on Friday, on top of a work-to-rule they have been following since 8 August.

EHRC workers set to strike against cuts

Workers at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) could strike against cuts.

The Unite and PCS unions are balloting for strikes against restructuring brought on by a funding cut of 25 percent.

This includes compulsory redundancies and the closure of offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham.

The EHRC provides support to victims of discrimination and hate crime. The cut will mean fewer caseworkers at a time when racist crimes appear to be increasing.

Triple trouble in Wakefield

Three cleaners in Wakefield are on indefinite strike after contractor C&D Cleaning Services cut their hourly rate and sick pay.

Bosses refuse to recognise their union, Unison, and the workers need solidarity.

Between the three they have over 30 years’ service cleaning at Kinsley Academy. They were outsourced to C&D in April.

They said, “They cut our pay from day 1 and we have already lost hundreds of pounds.”

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