Strikes at the GKN Automotive factory in Birmingham have been suspended. The workers were due to begin strikes on Monday against plans of parent company Melrose GKN to close the factory.
Following a meeting last week with the Unite union, Melrose GKN agreed there would be a moratorium on work and machinery being taken out of the factory.
Unite has agreed not to begin strikes again before 18 October.
Unite national officer Des Quinn said the strikes had been suspended “in the spirit of good will”.
But Unite should be calling action now.
They are also angry at the Labour Party’s decision to host the Uber boss James Heywood at their annual conference for a fringe event.
Uber is currently in the High Court to try and overturn a previous ruling that saw Uber drivers declared as workers.
The members of the GMB union say that the outsourcing of mostly black and Latin American workers is discriminatory and racist.
Cleaners at the hospital, who are members of the UVW union, have already been brought in house after a striking.
Now cleaners say they will continue the fight to receive the same benefits as those directly employed by the hospital for some time.
The boycott was organised by the IWGB union.
Members of the PCS union voted by 92 percent to strike, on a turnout of 80 percent. Some 95 percent also voted for action short of a strike.
Bosses in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency want to force examiners to take on an extra test in the working day. PCS members say that this would extra workload would impact examiners’ performance leading to an increased risk of accidents.
The ballot shows huge support for strikes—it should be turned into action as soon as possible.
Members of the CWU voted by 98 percent to strike—with mass shows of strength and solidarity in large gate meetings outside their delivery office.
The Unite union members were to receive a pay increase in January, but management refused to make an offer. Instead they have been offered a 2.5 percent increase from July to December—worth just 1.25 percent for the year.
The first week-long strike will begin on Monday 4 October. Further actions are planned.
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