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Reports round-up: Kinsley cleaners win backing in Barnsley

Issue No. 2527

Rally in Barnsley for the Kinsley school cleaners

Rally in Barnsley for the Kinsley school cleaners (Pic: Barnsley TUC)

Trade unionists have rallied in support of three cleaners from Kinsley primary school, near Wakefield, who have had their pay cut. The Unison members are on indefinite strike.

On Monday they will hold a “Vampire gathering” against C&D Cleaning Services for “bleeding dry low paid workers”—2pm, Claycliffe Road, Barnsley. See more at

New strike hits Newsquest

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members working for Newsquest struck again this week as part of their ongoing fight against changes to the newsroom structure and overtime pay.

The changes at the south London newspapers which the journalists work at will mean 11 job losses and pay cuts.

Newsquest has pledged to keep printing the papers in defiance of the strike.

According to the union, management has turned down their alternative proposals in relation to the newsroom organisation.

A chapel spokesperson said, “We are still feeling upbeat and up for the fight.”

Send messages of support to @NUJoffocial and @Cutsquest

To donate to the strike fund email

Forced redundancy pushed back at Hull College

Workers at Hull College pushed back plans for compulsory redundancies after threatening to strike. The UCU union members called off a planned strike for Thursday of last week after the union reached an agreement with bosses.

Up to 142 workers were initially threatened by redundancy plans. But bosses still plan to make cuts via voluntary redundancies. It is still unclear whether cuts will affect the college’s nurseries.

Coventry University contracts victory for union

A group of workers at Coventry University scored a victory last week over attacks on their contracts.

CU Services, a university subsidiary firm, had decided to re-employ workers teaching English to international students as agency workers.

But the UCU union members will now have an opportunity to return to their original contracts, and will be covered by a new union recognition agreement.

Firefighters strike at nuclear plant

Firefighters at a nuclear plant in Cheshire were set to strike against job losses and attacks on their terms and conditions from Wednesday this week.

The GMB union members work for the Babcock Fire Critical Services at the Urenco Capenhurst nuclear enrichment plant.

Protest at John Lewis poverty pay

Cleaners at John Lewis and their supporters are set to protest on 5 November in protest at their poverty wages of £7.35 an hour.

The cleaners, who are members of the United Voices of the World (UVW) union are also excluded from membership of the John Lewis partnership scheme.

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Solidarity event for people in Turkey

Solidarity with the People of Turkey holds a conference this Saturday on “Turkey after the failed coup, and the battle for democracy”.

For details and to register go to

Organising for free labour movement

Activists met last Saturday as part of the Free Movement of Labour campaign.

It is fighting to defend freedom of movement across Europe after Brexit.

Proposals included a national day of action. See

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