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Reports round-up: 200,000 join Durham Miners’ Gala

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Strikes by beer workers in Lancashire, bar workers in Brighton, school workers in south London, and more
Issue 2813
A crowd shot of a education workers delegation at the Durham Miners' Gala

Over 200,000 people marched at the Durham Miners’ Gala last Saturday. You can read our report here (Picture: Daniel Kebede)

Teachers and school workers at Lordswood Girls School in Birmingham began five days of strikes on Tuesday. 

The NEU members, who are fighting against forced academisation, were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday and Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. 

The NEU added, “Members have now been given no choice by Lordswood Girls’ School but to take this action.”

Strikes brewing at Samlesbury factory

Strikes will go ahead at a brewery in Samlesbury, Lancashire, after bosses offered workers weak beer in negotiations. Over 200 GMB union members workers rejected a 3 percent pay increase. They make beers including Stella, Budweiser and Becks.

They are set to strike from 7pm on Saturday until 7am next Monday. And they plan a further 12-hour walkout on Tuesday of next week.

Saint James Tavern workers to strike 

Workers at the Saint James Tavern in Brighton have announced plans to strike for 20 days this month. Workers are demanding £11.50 an hour, sick pay and recognition for their UVW union.

Cleaners want to sweep away low pay

Outsourced cleaners at Vodafone’s headquarters have launched a campaign for higher pay and sick pay, and against victimisation and overwork. The IWGB union members are outsourced to Mitie.

Court workers ballot for walkouts

Outsourced security workers at HM courts and tribunals service were set to finish a strike ballot over pay as Socialist Worker went to press.

The PCS union members, employed by outsourcer OCS, are fighting for a range of demands including the real living wage and full occupational sick pay.

It comes as other courts and tribunals workers, also in the PCS, were set to begin a strike ballot over workload on Thursday of this week.

Indicative ballot at Kirklees Council 

The Kirklees Unison union branch committee has voted to hold an indicative ballot for strikes to fight the victimisation of its secretary. It means workers at the West Yorkshire council could walk out over bosses’ sacking of Paul Holmes. 

Last week Holmes was removed from union positions by Unison’s national office, following a rule change at June’s conference. Holmes’s appeal against his workplace dismissal is set for 10 August.

Strike to hit schools in south London 

Workers who take children with special educational needs to schools in south London were set to strike on Thursday and Friday. The GMB union members, who work for outsourcing giants HATS, are demanding a 20 percent pay rise. 

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