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Issue 2388

High tech action against a freeze

Thirty workers at Renold Hi-Tec Couplings in Halifax held a second one-day strike on Thursday of last week, with strong picket lines and no scabbing. 

The Unite union members are protesting at a pay freeze. 

“If they don’t shift on this we are ready to take more action,” one striker told Socialist Worker. “What they are doing is just not right.” 

Unite members at the two sister plants in Milnrow and Cardiff need to strike alongside Halifax workers. 

Kevin Mottram

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Yorks paramedics to strike over shifts

Paramedics in Yorkshire were set to strike on Saturday of this week against new working patterns that could mean ten hours without a meal break.

The workers in the Unite union plan to follow this 24 hour strike with another four hours the following Monday.

The union represents about 375 of Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s 4,600 staff. Workers voted to strike by 76 percent.

Ford ballot for action on job security

Thousands of production workers at Ford are set to be balloted on strikes over job security and pensions.

They are in the Unite and GMB unions at sites including Dagenham in Essex, Bridgend in South Wales and Halewood in Merseyside.

Workers are demanding improvements to job security.

The dispute follows years of job cuts and attacks on conditions.

Western bus strike halted for talks

The Unite union has suspended a 24-hour strike of around 60 bus drivers for talks. They are demanding £9 an hour.

The walkout at First Hampshire and Dorset was planned for Wednesday of this week. If the dispute is not settled, the workers are still set to strike on Monday of next week.

They struck for a day on Monday of last week.

Raise a glass to strike threat win

Workers at the Gaymer Cider factory in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, have won back their pay rise after starting a strike ballot.

They had voted to accept a 3 percent pay rise for 2012-3, only for bosses to decide to make it conditional on a wage freeze for 2013-4.

More than 100 production workers in the Unite union were taking part in the ballot.

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