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Reports round-up: day of action called for scaffolders

News in brief from workers’ struggles
Issue 2792
12 strikers with red Unite union flags

Actavo scaffolders have stood firm

Scaffolders from the British Steel site in Scunthorpe passed their 100th day of strikes last week.

Workers at the North Lincolnshire site are paid up to 15 percent below the nationally-agreed rate by contractor Actavo.

On Monday they protested in Immingham outside a contractor that has been doing some of the work done by the striking workers.

The Unite union has called a national day of action next Tusaday at the Scunthorpe site.


Assemble Tue 22 Feb, 6am, British Steel, Entrance D, Brigg Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 1DL. For more go to Support The Actavo Scaffolders’ Strike on Facebook


Hospital workers fight privatisation

Domestic and catering workers in Lancashire hospitals are preparing to strike after their jobs were transferred to the private sector.

The Unison union members are being outsourced to hated private firm OCS, which is known to pay workers well below NHS pay rates.

Action by workers at Harbour hospital in Blackpool and the Blackburn Royal Infirmary is scheduled for March.


Two weeks left for new Glasgow ballot

Council workers in Glasgow are building for strikes in their long running battle for equal pay. Their ballot for action closes on 1 March.

Members of the Unison, GMB and Unite unions could walk out for the second time over the council’s sexist pay grades.

Glasgow City Council is dragging its heels over implementing a fairer pay and grading scheme and giving workers a second payout.


Fracking well over at Preston New Rd

Climate campaigners were celebrating last week after plans were announced to dismantle fracking wells at Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

It represents a major victory in a key battle against fossil fuel exploration in Britain. Operations were stopped there in August 2019 following years of protest and Britain’s biggest fracking-related earthquake.


Housing activists to meet for fightback

The Homes For All campaign has called a Cost of Living summit on Saturday 12 March.

Housing activists will discuss key problems as a result of the pandemic and hike in living costs, and what can be done to fight back.


Register for the summit at bit.ly/3Gt2dxb


Bristol teachers vote not to strike

Teachers at Gordano school in Bristol have voted to stop strikes over workload.

Members of the NEU union had been set to strike for six days, starting from 3 February.

But the union called strike off after “productive talks” with bosses.

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