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Reports round-up: Dundee university pensions strike rages on

Week three of the latest round in Dundee—plus a planned strike by bus workers in Glasgow
Issue 2803
Five Unison union pickets on strike at Dundee university

On strike to defend their pensions

Hundreds of workers at Dundee university are vowing to continue their strike against pension cuts. Unison union members started their third week of strikes this week, and plan to finish on Sunday of next week.

Low paid workers at the university are fighting the closure of their pension scheme. It’s a move by university management which would set them back thousands of pounds every year in retirement.

Bosses also want workers to stay in employment until they are 68 years old, and to close the pension scheme to new claimants.

Trade union branches should rush donations and messages of solidarity to strikers in Dundee. If the fat cat bosses can get away with it at this university, they will try elsewhere.


Battles on the buses in Glasgow and south London

Bus Workers employed by First Glasgow were set to strike for two days from Wednesday of this week.

The dispute concerns a two-year pay deal which would take some workers to £9.48 an hour backdated to August 2021 to April 2022. That’s two pence below the adult minimum wage from April 2022 of £9.50 per hour.

The money is there to give these workers a substantial pay rise.  According to the latest annual reports, the First Glasgow companies involved in the dispute returned a £12.6 million profit. The 60 bus cleaners and shunters plan another walkout on Wednesday 18 May.

  • Around 1,000 bus drivers employed by Arriva in south London will take to picket lines after rejecting a three percent pay offer. The workers in the Unite union are fighting against service reductions that have reduced their earnings.

They are set to strike at garages in Brixton, Croydon, Norwood and Thornton Heath causing travel chaos across south and central London.

The strikes are set to kick off on Wednesday of next week, followed by a 48‑hour strike from Monday 16 May. This follows a 48‑hour strike in April.


Rail workers in the RMT union are building a national strike ballot. They are fighting for better pay, no compulsory redundancies, and a guarantee there will be no detrimental changes to working practices.

Network Rail has proposed cutting 2,500 safety critical maintenance jobs—a move the union says would make rail accidents more likely.

If the 40,000 workers walked out, Network Rail has estimated it would cost the industry £30 million a day. This could outweigh cost savings rail bosses claim they will make through redundancies.


Bosses target union rep after solidarity

Bosses have suspended a Unite union rep employed by Altrad Services at Fawley Exxon refinery in Southampton. It comes after 50 of his colleagues who are not striking refused to cross a picket line.

Some 100 strikers make up a third of the workforce. Others voted not to cross the picket line with the proviso that safety critical staff would remain on site.


Steaming ahead with new ballot

Strikes at the GE Steam turbine factory in Rugby are set to escalate. The Unite union is balloting the 75 strikers to extend their strike over pay.

Bosses at GE Steam power and Shape have refused to negotiate over pay and workers taking on new roles.


Wiltshire wardens plan protest

Traffic wardens at Wiltshire council were set to strike on Saturday to demand the council stops cutting pay for staff working unsocial hours.

The members of the GMB union have planned a protest and a march that will begin at 1pm outside Salisbury Library on Saturday.


Berkshire hospital fight ends in deal

Security staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital have agreed a deal. The 20 guards started striking in December 2020 against their outsourced employer Kingdom Services Group Ltd over pay rates.

The one-year deal from December 2021 includes a 7.5 percent pay rise and back pay to that date worth £400.


Threat delivers improved pay

Strikes by delivery workers employed by DHL have been called off.

The Unite union members have accepted an offer that secures a pay increase of between 10.68 percent and 15.64 percent.


Boycott Wingstop until bosses stop

Delivery workers are boycotting fast food restaurant Wingstop in north London due to the way they are treated. The riders held a protest outside the restaurant on Friday to hit back at the practices of the restaurant.

Workers are barred from using toilets inside the building and made to wait outside for food pick-ups. The restaurant also constantly threatens to report riders to delivery apps. The boycott caused orders to pile up.

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