In defence of Rhetta Moran
Trade Unionists lobbied the University of Salford last week in defence of Rhetta Moran. Rhetta says, “I have been victimised.
My research has uncovered aspects of what is happening on the ground to, arguably, the most vulnerable population group at this time — refugee families and individuals who are seeking asylum.”
The results of her research activities and consequent media attention led to her removal from her lead role in a Salford based research project and, ultimately, her dismissal last January from the university.
The university claims that there is not enough money available to fund her post.
Rhetta has lodged two employment tribunal claims. The NUJ union is calling upon the university to reinstate her.
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Civil service ballot is on way
Civil service workers in the PCS union are set to ballot for discontinuous strike action in September. The workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are angry about the staff cuts across the department.
This is part of the long-running dispute against chancellor Gordon Brown’s plans to slash over 100,000 civil service workers.
Management’s reply to the union’s concerns made no concessions on anything of worth so the decision has been made to ballot our 9,000 members in the DWP in London.
Activists need to get out and do the work to ensure we win the ballot by a resounding margin on a high turnout.
Office closures and job losses are happening across the country. The union needs to talk about how it is going to tackle the situation nationally.
Phil Pardoe PCS DWP group executive (personal capacity)
Strike hits Ford car deliveries
Around 350 workers, including 220 drivers, at Ansa Logistics have ended two weeks of strike action and were waiting to see this week if mangement respond positively. Their action is in protest against wage cuts, compulsory redundancies and the termination of parts of the union’s national agreement.
The action by members of the T&G union has impacted on deliveries of new Ford cars to showrooms around Britain. The company’s main bases in Dagenham, Southampton, Liverpool and Moss End in Scotland have all been affected.
Half the union membership took action in the first week and the other half the second week.