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Issue 2525

Hull lecturers set to strike for jobs

Workers at Hull College were set to strike on Thursday against plans to impose redundancies.

Up to 142 workers could lose their jobs.

UCU union members voted for strikes by 86 percent. Workers plan to begin work to contract after the walkout. They will refuse to work more than their normal hours or during breaks, and won’t take on any voluntary duties.

The cuts affect lecturers, library staff and learning support workers—and several UCU branch officers. The cuts would also shut down all the college’s three nurseries.

Southall school workers oppose academy

Teachers at a London primary school have agreed to suspend a strike against turning it into an academy.

NUT union members at Khalsa Primary school in Southall voted unanimously for the action. Support staff overwhelmingly backed it.

They had been set to strike on Wednesday and still plan a two-day strike from Wednesday of next week.

Divisional secretary of Ealing NUT Stefan Simms said the vote reflected a “determination to defend children”. “Academising the school will damage education,” he said.

Tenants’ victory over sales

Campaigners on the Butterfields estate in north east London have scored a victory in their fight to stay in their homes.

The landlords, Butterfields E17 Ltd, have agreed to sell one of the homes on the estate to Dolphin Housing Association.

This is a charitable organisation which had previously begun negotiations with Butterfields E17. The firm had planned to kick out tenants and sell all the homes on the estate.

But a successful campaign by tenants and supporters has forced estate agents in the area to refuse to advertise any of the homes for sale.

The new sale could mark the beginning of the end of a hard-fought battle for tenants and their supporters.

Biscuits dispute is at a crunch point

BFAWU bakers’ union members at Burtons Biscuits in Blackpool are to strike every Tuesday for the next four weeks in a dispute over the use of agency labour.

The first strike is on Tuesday of next week from 6am at the Devonshire Road plant.

Protests called for striking cleaners

supporters of The three cleaners on strike at Wakefield Academy Trust’s Kinsley primary school plan to march in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on Sunday.

Their outsourcing firm C&D Cleaning Services is based in the town. Meet at 12.45pm next to Barnsley Town Hall.

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Fujitsu IT workers refresh their pay

Unite union members at Fujitsu Services are balloting for strikes over attacks on pay, pensions and job security. They provide IT services to government departments and companies.

Ipswich bus strike stopped after deal

The Unite union cancelled a planned one-day bus strike in Ipswich after winning a pay rise. Starter drivers demanded a £10 an hour wage after bosses offered them just a 15p raise to £8.81.

Unite said they now had an “equitable settlement”.

Breaking the bad bosses in Clitheroe

Around 150 workers at chemical firm Johnson Matthey in Clitheroe, Lancashire, began a work-to-rule and overtime ban on Monday.

The Unite union members are fighting plans to make them work longer without extra pay.

Rally against the Turkish clampdown

Kurdish and Turkish workers were set to protest in London on Saturday against attacks on democracy and the right to organise in Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the failed coup in July to crack down on all his opponents—even if they strongly opposed it.

Assemble 2pm, Downing Street. Called by Day-Mer

‘White lives’ racists face opposition

Anti-racists are organising against a “White Lives Matter” march called by the East Kent English Patriots in Margate, Kent, on Saturday 22 October.

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