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Issue No. 2020

The Southampton lobby (Pic: Mike Tucker, Southampton Unison)

The Southampton lobby (Pic: Mike Tucker, Southampton Unison)


Lobbying Southampton Council against privatisation

Some 300 members of the Unison union lobbied Southampton City Council against privatisation last week.

Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors voted to proceed to the next stage of their privatisation proposals.

The services to be considered for privatisation are now IT, customer services, human resources and payroll, property services, council tax, procurement and housing benefit. The council plans to negotiate with Capita and BT.

It excluded Unison from the meeting when it went into confidential session. Consultants from PA Consulting and Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors remained in the session.

Unison’s campaign against the privatisation plans continues.


Solidarity with Zimbabwe unions

Over 100 trade unionists and Zimbawean activists protested outside the Zimbawean embassy in central London on Friday of last week.

The TUC called the protest after Zimbabwean police arrested and assaulted hundreds of trades unionists, following peaceful protests by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trades Unions (ZCTU) over the state of the economy and food shortages.

The TUC was showing solidarity with those suffering from state brutality.

The arrested trade unionists face charges in October.


Mackinnon bosses in bunker

Workers in the Community union who made clothes for the European Ryder Cup golf team began industrial action on the day the tournament opened on Friday of last week.

About 130 staff at Mackinnon of Scotland, a subsidiary of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, began a work to rule and overtime ban.

They will stage a series of strikes unless the pay dispute is settled.

The workers, based in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, voted by 85 percent in favour of industrial action after claims the company refused to make a pay offer.


Refuse workers accept new offer

Refuse workers in the GMB union in West Wiltshire are set to go back to normal working after a long running dispute over shift work.

GMB members have decided to accept cleaning contractor Cleanaway’s offer of restructuring shifts to reduce long working days. They have also agreed to a basic pay increase of 1 percent.

A work to rule began on 11 September, with collection crews working no overtime. This led to delays in bin collections.


Nuclear strike gets bitter

Forty electricians in the Amicus union working at two Hunterston nuclear power stations in Ayrshire, Scotland, are continuing a series of strikes.

They are angry at the removal of a 50 pence per hour enhancement that had been in place for 30 years.

The employees of Balfour Kilpatrick were set to hold their third set of strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Following the first two-day strike the employers banned overtime for contractors who refused to cross the picket line.


Student Respect hits the colleges

Students were flocking to join Student Respect at freshers’ fayres around the country last week

Some 300 people joined Student Respect at Manchester University, 106 at Liverpool University, 88 at the University of London, 135 at Middlesex University and 114 at Leeds University.


Oldham teachers set for strike

Teachers at two Oldham secondary schools are set to walk out on Thursday 5 October. The teachers, members of the NUT union at South Chadderton and Counthill school, are taking action over the implementation of teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments.

Messages of support to Mac Andrassy, Counthill School, macandrassy@aol.com and Jeff Evans, South Chadderton, jgm.evans@btinternet.com


Mayville teachers suspend action

Teachers at Mayville primary school, Waltham Forest, in London, suspended a second set of strike days strike action over the introduction of TLRs this week after a new offer from management.


Aslef ballot at One

The Aslef train drivers’ union is balloting its members employed by One railway because it deems the company’s 2006 pay offer “totally unacceptable”. The company covers East Anglia.

Workers will be balloted over strike action and a cessation of all non-contractual overtime.

The closing date for the return of ballot papers is Thursday 19 October.

Some 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Nottingham last Saturday against NHS cuts

Some 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Nottingham last Saturday against NHS cuts



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Sat 30 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2020
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