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Hundreds of LGBT+ people and their supporters, including teachers, firefighters, health workers, environmental workers and students took part in a vibrant Oxford Pride parade last Saturday.
Hundreds of LGBT+ people and their supporters, including teachers, firefighters, health workers, environmental workers and students took part in a vibrant Oxford Pride parade last Saturday. (Pic: Julie Simmons)

Strike vote over Labour fire cuts

Firefighters in the West Midlands have delivered a thumping vote for strikes in response to “exploitative” new contracts.

The FBU union members voted by 90 percent for strikes on an 82 percent turnout. They are fighting to stop the Labour-led fire authority introducing contracts that would force new starters to take on extra duties.

FBU West Midlands chair Andrew Scattergood said,“We have a mandate to strike and we will do if these contracts are not removed.”

GMB union takes Amazon to court

The GMB union is taking legal action against Amazon and three delivery companies.

The companies—Box Group, Lloyd Link Logistics and Prospect Commercials—claimed the workers were self-employed. But workers were effectively treated as employees because they had scheduled shifts.

Strike threat wins at Pirelli car plant

A threat of strikes at the Pirelli car factory in Carlisle has scored a victory for Unite union members.

Workers began balloting last month over the use of zero hour-type contracts.

They will receive holiday allowance as well as a

5 percent pay rise backdated to January 2018.

No to fascists in Chester-le-Street

Anti-racists are preparing to protest in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, on 16 June against a fascist demonstration.

The North East Infidels and Bishop Auckland Against Islam plan to march under the slogan, “No more refugees—no more terrorism”.

Go to Stand Up To Racism – North East on Facebook for more details

Stop the Merthyr breakfast club cuts

Activists were set to protest against Merthyr Tydfil council’s plans to slash school breakfast club workers’ hours on Wednesday.

Steve Belcher, Unison union South Wales organiser, said, “This is an essential service delivering a healthy breakfast to any child in the area who needs one.

“Merthyr council is under the control of an Independent group who do not appear to value our children’s future and wellbeing in the way that we do.

“If the council’s proposals go ahead it will be the children of Merthyr who will lose out.”

Corbyn says Labour will take back water

Anger at Tory austerity and hopes for a Labour government marked the GMB union’s national and sector conferences in Brighton this week.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was set to address the national conference on Tuesday as Socialist Worker went to press.

He was expected to slam the “failed and unpopular” privatisation of water companies and pledge to bring them back into public ownership.

His pledge concided with the GMB’s #TakeBacktheTap campaign at conference.

It will take a fight from the trade union movement now, not just waiting for the next government, to push back against the Tories’ attacks.

Delegates were also set to debate a motion on affiliating to Stand Up To Racism on Wednesday.

Strikes down the line as bosses change timetables

Tube Drivers on a London Underground line were set to strike on Wednesday of this week and Thursday of next week.

RMT union members on the Jubilee Line are fighting the imposition of a new timetable that would affect weekend working.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash accused bosses of trying to “bulldoze through” changes.

He said management were “hell bent on imposing change through diktat rather than through the established negotiating machinery”.

Aslef union members on the District Line are part of a separate dispute over rostering and working procedures.

They were also set to strike on the same day, but it was called off.

Rail chaos caused by privatisation 

Conductors on Greater Anglia plan to strike on 16 and 23 June as part of their long-running fight against driver only operated (DOO) trains.

The RMT union members say DOO will make train travel unsafe and inaccessible.

The announcement comes at a time when rail bosses are being blasted for poor service. Northern Rail, Thameslink and Southern bosses were under fire last week after timetable changes caused delays and cancellations for passengers.

Over 100 Northern trains were still cancelled or severely delayed in Manchester, Lancashire and the Lake District.

Travel chaos is the result of running a service for profit rather than people.

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