Tuesday 22 October will be a global day of solidarity with the Kensington 87, the protesters who were arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa, for demonstrating against water and electricity cutoffs. The defendants include Trevor Ngwane. They will go before a court on 23 October to face serious charges. Globalise Resistance has called a demonstration outside the South African embassy in London at 5pm on 22 October.
A lively protest by health workers and local trade unionists took place at Royal London Hospital last week. It was against the suspension of Phil Billows, the Unison union branch secretary at the hospital. Workers at the hospital are taking part in an indicative ballot for strike action.
Demonstrators protested outside the offices of Balfour Beatty in Victoria, central London, on Monday. They were highlighting the issue of deaths at work. The protest coincided with the launch of a new report, 'Corporate Killers in Wandsworth'.
Two men have been killed at work in Wandsworth recently. Michael Mungovan was killed working for Balfour Beatty on the tracks at Nine Elms. Olatunji Owolabi died of carbon monoxide poisoning guarding a building at Balham tube station.
In the second ballot on our pay offer workers employed by airport operators BAA have rejected the deal. This result should automatically trigger a ballot for industrial action, but manoeuvring by our TGWU union rep has meant the ballot has been deferred.
The full time official tried to broker a new deal over cocktails with BAA managers who attended the TUC conference as observers. At the time of going to press the outcome of this cosy chat was unknown. Workers in the Amicus union have also substantially rejected the deal.