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Issue No. 2575

Durham TAs deserve better than the latest deal

Durham TAs deserve better than the latest deal (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Durham teaching assistants (TAs) began voting this week on the latest pay deal offered to them by the Labour-run council.

The TAs have been fighting for over two years, with many saying the new deal is the same as the one they strongly rejected in July.

The new deal means almost 500 TAs will still lose pay. They have been offered a “progression board”—but TAs are unclear what that means.

The Unison union, which represents most TAs, is wrongly urging acceptance. It has not called meetings to discuss the offer.


Hundreds of bus workers plan pay walkout in Devon

Over 800 bus workers at Stagecoach South West in Devon were set to walk out over pay this Friday.

The RMT union members in Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple are striking for a pay rise in line with the RPI rate of inflation—3.9 percent.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said, “Bus workers in the South West deserve a fair deal on pay.

“At the moment they are being offered a package that stacks up to a de facto pay cut. This is entirely unacceptable.”

The drivers, cleaners and engineers plan further strikes on Tuesday of next week and Monday 30 October.

nthe Unite union suspended a strike over pay at the First Manchester bus company following “constructive talks” with management.

The workers were set to walk out on Monday at First’s depots in Bolton and Rusholme.

They had already held a successful 24 hour walkout, affecting 43 routes. Unite has agreed an offer with bosses and will ballot its members this week.


Delays on strike line as Tube strike suspended

The Aslef train drivers’ union called off a strike by its members on London Underground last week after last minute talks at conciliation service Acas.

The walkout was set to coincide with the second day of train strikes.

The Aslef members are in dispute over longer working hours from the 2015 Night Tube contract.

Aslef organiser Finn Brennan said “sufficient progress” had been made.

But he added, “We will not hesitate to call action in the future if needed to ensure all the commitments made are fully delivered.”


Fresh ballot for Fujitsu workers

Workers at IT services giant Fujitsu are set to begin voting in a ballot for fresh strikes, five months after their action was suspended.

The Unite union members have rejected the offer made by bosses in May.

In addition to their original grievances over job security, pay, pensions and union rights they are now fighting new attacks on the union.

Workers says reps have been targeted for redundancy as part of Fujitsu’s cuts programme, and its proposals would make it harder for reps to communicate with members. This follows the axing of consultation forum Fujitsu Voice.


Unite union joins Sellafield pay fight

Workers in the Unite union have entered the battle over pay at Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant with a 90 percent vote for strikes.

Unite, which has 1,100 members in Sellafield, said it will call industrial action “in the near future”.

The GMB union, with 3,000 members employed by Sellafield Limited, already struck last month.

Workers in both unions rejected the 1.5 percent pay offer imposed by bosses.

In a separate dispute over pay grading, more than 60 Sellafield firefighters also in GMB are set for 12 hour strikes on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.


Roasting bosses at Middlesex hospital

workers at North Middlesex Hospital were to protest this week over job cuts and pay. The workers, in the GMB union, are employed by contractor Medirest.

The company cut porter numbers from 71 to 61 and some wages by £20 a week.

The protest includes a barbecue with free burgers for those who attend.

Protest Thurs 12 Oct, 12 noon, North Middlesex Hospital, Sterling Way, London, N18 1QX


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Tue 10 Oct 2017, 14:25 BST
Issue No. 2575
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