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Reports round up: Only women’s aid centre in South Yorkshire may close

Issue No. 2572

Defiant protestors demand funding for South Yorkshire Womens Aid

Defiant protestors demand funding for South Yorkshire Women's Aid (Pic: Neil Terry)


Protesters demonstrated in Doncaster last Saturday against the planned closure of South Yorkshire’s only Women’s Aid centre.

Funding for the South Yorkshire Women’s Aid (SYWA) service is due to run out in December.

The council was forced to give the service a small grant of £30,000 after protests earlier this year. But SYWA has been told that the council will provide no further funding.

Activists were preparing for a protest outside the council building on Thursday of this week.

Follow @SaveWomensAid on Twitter and Women’s Lives Matter Doncaster for updates

Tube bosses face strikes at the end of the tunnel

London Underground drivers in the Aslef union have voted nine to one for strikes over working conditions. The first action is planned for 5 October.

Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on London Underground, said Tube bosses had failed to deliver on commitments made to improve work-life balance as part of the 2015 pay settlement.


CCTV observers on the lookout for Scotrail climbdown

RMT and TSSA union members on Scotrail have voted by a big majority for strikes against bosses’ plans to cut 22 CCTV observer jobs.

The workers at the Paisley and Dunfermline centre monitor CCTV feeds from thousands of cameras across Scotland’s rail network.

TSSA said last Friday that there had been a “climbdown” by Scotrail on the threat of redundancies.

RMT insisted that progress has been made, but the dispute was still on.


RMT members cleaning up outsourcing and rubbish pay

Cleaners on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Southeastern trains plan to protest outside London City Hall on 12 October.

The RMT union members are balloting for strikes over pay and conditions. They are fighting outsoucers Churchill at Southeastern and Wettons at GTR, which runs the Southern, Thameslink and Greater Northern rail links.

Cleaners are demanding an end to outsourcing, a £10 an hour wage, better sick pay and holiday pay and travel passes.

Their ballot was set to end this Thursday.

Assemble 9am, 12 Oct, London City Hall SE1 2AA

Fight for our NHS march in Brighton

Health campaigners were set to march in Brighton this weekend on the eve of the Labour Party conference.

Speakers include shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Caroline Lucas MP.

Sun 24 Sept, assemble 11am, The Level, Brighton for march to Regency Square Gardens

Brum journos could strike against cuts

NUJ union members at at the Birmingham Mail newspaper have passed a motion of no confidence in their editor—along with a threat to strike over cuts.


Cleaners ballot to move up a gear

Two Cleaners at Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in Kensington, west London, are expected to strike for a living wage.

The workers are in the United Voices of the World union. They demand the London Living Wage of £9.75.

If the ballot is successful an indefinite strike is set to begin on 9 October.


Walkout at Ritzy cinema over pay

Workers at Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, are set to walk out on Saturday.

It marks one year since the beginning of the latest round of the Picturehouse cinema workers’ long-running dispute for the living wage.


Tug boats could pull off wave of action

Tug boat crews at naval ports could strike over pay after their Unite union announced a ballot.

The 350 workers have overwhelmingly rejected a pay deal of 1.8 percent for 2016-17 and 2.2 percent for 2017-18 imposed by contractor Serco.

If tug boats strike the Tories’ new aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth will be unable to leave port.


Drivers at Co-op ballot over sackings

Some 345 Co-op drivers are voting in a consultative ballot for strikes over the sacking of disabled colleagues. They are members of the Unite union.

Two disabled drivers have been sacked and Unite says a third faces a “similar fate”.

The workers are based at the Co-op distribution centre in Thurrock Essex.


Arrests over arms fair protests

Over 100 people were arrested for protesting outside the Defence Security Equipment International’s arms fair in London last week.Some of those arrested were set to appear in court this Wednesday.


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