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Reports round up - Bridgman workers show bosses the door

Issue No. 2606

Around 30 workers at Bridgman IBC in Hartlepool struck over pay last Friday and planned to strike again this Tuesday. The company, which manufactures specialised doors, offered workers a 3.4 percent increase this year. But the GMB union said this is not extra money because bosses are stopping bonuses

Around 30 workers at Bridgman IBC in Hartlepool struck over pay last Friday and planned to strike again this Tuesday. The company, which manufactures specialised doors, offered workers a 3.4 percent increase this year. But the GMB union said this is not extra money because bosses are stopping bonuses (Pic: GMB Northern Region)


Battle continues for Northern rail safety

Workers on Northern Rail walked out for 24 hours on Thursday and Saturday of last week in their ongoing dispute about rail safety.

The RMT union members are fighting the imposition of driver only operated (DOO) trains.

They say DOO makes train travel unsafe and inaccessible.


Strike vote wins £80 a week at bank

Cleaners at the Bank of New York in Canary Wharf, London, have won the London Living Wage of £10.20 an hour.

The announcement came within 30 hours of workers, members of the United Voices of the World union, threatening to strike.

The increase amounts to £4,000 a year for workers and will be paid from June.


Anger at King’s Lynn NHS car parking fees

NHS workers at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, protested over car parking charges on Tuesday.

Many of the 3,000 staff at the hospital face a doubling of the charges by April 2020.

Public transport in rural Norfolk is scarce, especially for those working nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Mark Robinson is the Unite union lead officer for health in East Anglia. “The proposed increases would effectively wipe out any benefit from the 3 percent pay offer for NHS staff presently being voted on by health union members,” he said.


Picturehouse staff get ready to strike

Picturehouse cinema chain workers were set to strike from Thursday until Saturday this week as part of their long-running dispute.

Their demands include the London Living Wage of £10.20 an hour, sick pay and maternity pay, as well as union recognition. They are part of the Bectu arm of the Prospect trade union.

They are targeting the Sundance film festival, due to be held at Picturehouse Central. Workers planned to protest outside the opening gala on Thursday.

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The BBC pay offer is a repeat of cuts

Workers at the BBC are voting on a pay deal.

The deal includes increases of 2 percent for 2018 and 2.5 percent for 2019. That’s below the RPI rate of inflation and therefore effectively a pay cut.

Sick pay is improving, but that’s not enough.

Workers should vote no.


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