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Reports round-up: IT workers say ‘nein’ to gender pay gap

Issue No. 2531

Workers on strike earlier this year

Workers on strike earlier this year (Pic: Martin Empson)


Strikers from Fujitsu went to Munich in Germany last week to leaflet the firm’s Fujitsu Forum.

It came as workers took their third strike last week.

Supporters also leafleted its London headquarters.

The IT service workers struck for 48 hours on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.

The strikers are members of the Unite union, fighting over a number of issues in the shadow of 1,800 job losses.

Their demands include pay equality, pension protection and job security—and the reinstatement of Unite rep Lynne Hodge.

They were set to meet on Wednesday to discuss their next moves.


Strike in York will be short but sweet

GMB union members at the Tangerine sweet factory in York struck on Monday and were set to hold a two-hour strike on Wednesday.

They are in dispute after voting by 86 percent to reject a 1 percent pay offer. Workers have also suffered a series of attacks on their conditions. They held a 24-hour strike on Tuesday of last week.

The factory produces Mint Humbugs, Barratt Sherbert Fountains, Butterkist Popcorn and Princess Marshmallows.

Send messages of support to ben.kirkham@gmb.org.uk

Cardboard workers box clever with vote

Thousands of cardboard packaging workers have voted for strikes over pay.

The GMB and Unite union members have rejected a 2 percent pay rise. The dispute involves around 3,000 workers across 40 corrugated packaging factories.

Workers plan an overtime ban from Saturday of this week and a strike on Monday of next week.

GMB national officer Stuart Fegan said, “We don’t want to cause problems for people’s Christmas shopping—but if we have to, we will.

“Our members are fed up of seeing their employers make increasing profits while their wages fall behind in real terms.”


Will whisky workers get bosses on rocks?

Workers at drinks giant Diageo have voted for strikes to defend pensions.

Action could hit over

15 sites in Scotland as well as others in Runcorn, London and Northern Ireland.

GMB union members voted

63 percent for strikes, Unite members 77 percent for strikes.

Diageo bosses want to end the workers’ final salary scheme despite increasing their profits to over £2.8 billion.


Firefighters ballot for action over cuts

Firefighters in North Yorkshire were set to begin a ballot for action short of strikes on Tuesday of this week.

The members of the FBU union are fighting plans to replace fire engines with smaller Tactical Response Vehicles.


March in Sheffield for £10 an hour

Trade unionists and activists are set to protest for £10 an hour in Sheffield on

17 December. Backed by the trades council and Fast Food Rights campaign, the protest will assemble at Devonshire Green at 12 noon.


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Tue 22 Nov 2016, 17:06 GMT
Issue No. 2531
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