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Issue 2382

Parents protest against closure

Parents and campaigners protested outside Kent’s county hall in Maidstone on Monday of this week against plans to close a quarter of the county’s children’s centres.

The centres provide support and advice to parents with babies and young children. 

The Unite union backed the protest.

Tube drivers set to strike for a day

RMT union train drivers on the Piccadilly Line on London Underground were set to strike on Wednesday of this week. Workers voted by 88 percent for action over bosses ripping up their agreements. 

The RMT said that if the dispute is not settled satisfactorily it will call a 48-hour strike. 

And Tube workers in the RMT union on London Underground began a ballot last week against up to 1,000 job cuts, slashed wages and plans to close ticket offices. 

The ballot is set to close 10 January.

Firefighters’ ballot draws to an end

The FBU ballot for action short of a strike was set to end on Wednesday of this week. 

Firefighters in England and Wales have struck four times against the attacks. 

Members in Scotland have not taken part in the strikes. But they and control members are included in the action short of a strike.

Hewlett Packard workers balloted

PCS union members working for Hewlett Packard are to take part in a ballot over escalated industrial action. 

Members are currently working to rule.

The ballot will focus around the issues of job security, reinstating sacked branch secretary John Pearson and around pay and collective bargaining.

The ballot is set to start on Wednesday of this week and close on 18 December.

Gatwick staff vote to strike over pay

Workers at Gatwick airport in the Unite union have voted by 72 percent for strikes over pay and the introduction of inferior pay rates for new staff.

They backed action short of a strike by 80 percent. 

The company has made an improved offer and the union is reballoting on this. 

The new offer is still a below-inflation pay deal and still includes the introduction of new starter rates.

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