Troubled academy votes for action
Members of the NASUWT teachers’ union at Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action to protect their conditions of service.
Some 70 percent voted in favour of strike action and 73 percent in favour of action short of strike action at the school, which hit the headlines recently as an example of the failure of New Labour’s city academies programme.
Staff are facing the threat of redundancies and attempts to change the terms and conditions of service for teachers at the school.
The union was considering a programme of industrial action as Socialist Worker went to press.
Strikes win better pay on the buses
Bus workers at Stagecoach East Midlands have called off a series of one-day strikes after action forced an improved pay deal.
The members of the RMT union struck on Tuesday of last week, hitting services in Derbyshire and the north of Nottinghamshire.
Under the new deal drivers will receive £7.50 an hour from next April after three staged increases. Engineers will get a one off rise of 9.2 percent.
The 400 workers had planned four one-day stoppages over two weeks.
One day of action at One company
RMT union members at train operating company One struck for 24 hours on Tuesday this week over the company’s failure to offer a new technology payment for the introduction of Avantix ticketing machines.
The company has been informed that there will also be 24-hour stoppages on Monday 27 June and Friday 14 July.
The 270 RMT conductors, ticket examiners and revenue protection inspectors have already taken one day of industrial action two weeks ago.
Midland Mainline guards walk out
About 150 guards in the RMT union at Midland Mainline held their second 24-hour strike on Friday of last week over safety.
“The issue is very simple,” said one striker. “Management wants to run multiple unit trains with only one guard.
“But it is impossible to move between the different sections of those trains when they are moving.
“So passengers have to ask whether they are happy having no access to a guard, should an incident take place.
“We have overwhelming support from the travelling public. It’s incredible that management are refusing to see sense.”
Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, said, “We are taking action to stop safety being subordinated to cost cutting.” Further strikes were planned for Friday of this week and seven days later.