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Reports round-up: new strikes at NewVic

Issue 2788
Ten strikers at Newham Sixth NewVic Form College

Lively picket lines in east London (Picture: Guy Smallman)

Newham Sixth Form College (NewVic) workers struck last week against unfair management practices, workload and academisation.

They were set to return to picket lines from Tuesday to Thursday this week.

And they have plans for more in the following weeks if management refuse to give in to demands.

Striker Rob told Socialist Worker workers were currently “doing a lot more with a lot less”.

This has had a huge impact on both teachers and students over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many local campaigns and trade unions such as the UCU, Unite and PCS have sent messages of support, and strikers hold lively picket lines.

Messages of support to [email protected] or [email protected]

Hospitality workers protest in Dundee

Around 50 workers and their supporters employed by MacMerry held a successful demonstration in Dundee last Friday.

The company, which owns hospitality venues in Dundee and Glasgow, faces allegations including covering up a Covid-19 outbreak, bullying, union-busting, pay problems, and failing to investigate sexual misconduct.

This action, organised by the Unite union, came after workers decided to lead the fightback.

Speakers included workers from Unite Hospitality, Dundee trades council and the local Socialist Workers Party branch. They spoke about solidarity and wider trade union struggles in Scotland. 

The demonstration was a boost for the workers and is a rallying point for trade union activists and campaigners in the area.

Ross Clark

Technicians won’t be merced off

Technicians at Mercedes Benz Retail Group are set to strike for four days next week.

The 185 Unite union members across nine sites voted by majorities of between 80 and 100 percent for strikes after a second year without a pay rise.

Workers at sites in Brentford, Brooklands, Colindale, Croydon, Heathrow, Loughton, Temple Fortune, Stratford and Watford will strike from next Tuesday to next Friday.

The workers have since been offered a 1.5 percent pay rise—well below inflation.

Fight for more at FLB Group

Around 110 workers at print and publishing firm FLB Group in Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, which owns Filofax and Letts brands, are fighting over pay.

Unite union members struck last Wednesday for 24 hours and are set to do so every Wednesday until 31 March.

Bosses have offered a pay offer of just 2.75 percent, while Unite is demanding 6 percent. But with at inflation now over 7 percent, even that is not enough. It’s good that workers are striking—they shouldn’t have to accept a pay cut.

Bosses’ silence fuels strike ballot

Over 400 workers employed by refuelling and ground handling company Menzies are being balloted for strikes.

The company has refused to enter talks for pay for 2020 or 2021.

The workers, based at Heathrow, will be balloted until 27 January. Strikes could begin in mid-February hitting the half-term holidays.

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