415: Cammell Laird workers start 10 weeks of industrial action

November 27, 2018 in Bulletins

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin by sending solidarity to workers in Unite and the GMB unions fighting job cuts at Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside.

Cammell Laird workers walk out

Cammell Laird workers walk out

From the Unite website: Cammell Laird workers in 10 weeks of industrial action over ‘callous’ job cuts (22 Nov)

Workers at Birkenhead’s Cammell Laird shipyard will begin a 10 week programme of industrial action tomorrow (Friday 23 November) in defence of their jobs, amid plans to slash the workforce by 40 per cent.

Around 250 members of Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, Unite, will start their action with an overtime ban from 16:00 tomorrow stretching until 07:00 on Friday 1 February 2019. Monday (26 November) then sees a three week series of rolling strikes begin with different sections of the workforce walking out for 24 hours at a time.

In a show of unity workers are expected to walk out on mass at the end of tomorrow’s shift at 15:00. Picket lines will be in place from 07:00 – 17:00 Monday 26 November to Friday 14 December read more

GMB members begin strike over job cuts at historic Cammell Laird shipyard (26 Nov) – If the decision to slash hundreds of jobs is not reversed it will lead to untold hardship on workers and their families, says GMB Union. GMB members at Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead are set to begin industrial action to oppose redundancies and defend their jobs and the future of skilled workers and support staff within the shipyard. The Cammell Laird action will start at 4.00pm today with an overtime ban and from 7.00am on Monday 26 November 2018 a three week period of strike action will start. Last month, the company it was slashing 291 jobs – nearly 40 per cent of the workforce read more

Please make a solidarity donation to the Cammell Laird fighting fund

 

Vauxhall: Ellesmere Port plant workers stage mass walk out (23 Nov) – Every union worker at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port car plant has walked out in protest at planned job cuts. John Cooper from Unite said all 1,100 employees at the site are union members and every one had gone on strike. Vauxhall is planning a “phased reduction” of 241 jobs as part of a restructuring at its main car plant. It said the decision was critical “to align head count and production costs for 2019 with forecasts” during a “difficult time within the industry”. The strike follows the decision by workers at nearby shipyard Cammell Laird to walk out during industrial action over planned job losses read more from BBC website

Unite demands Ellesmere Port assurances amid Vauxhall job cuts

 

Unite: Join the #StopUniversalCredit day of action on Saturday 1st December – This Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families claiming the new benefit Universal Credit. Despite knowing Universal Credit causes serious problems for claimants, Theresa May’s Tory government is pressing ahead and rolling it out to thousands of people who will have to wait weeks to receive any money. Claimants are descending into debt, relying on food banks, getting into rent arrears and in many cases getting evicted from their homes because of in- built problems with Universal Credit read more

 

 

 

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Union News

RMT

Support RMT Northern and South Western Railway‎ strikes – RMT members on Northern Rail and South Western Railway‎ have been taking strike action over the threat Driver Only Operation. Sign the Parliamentary petition to make it a legal requirement to have a second safety critical person on trains

Newcastle Northern Rail strike picket

Newcastle Northern Rail strike picket

All RMT Arriva Rail North Conductor, Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members are instructed to not to book on are for any shifts that commence between:-

  • 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 1st December 2018
  • 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 8th December 2018
  • 00.01 Hours and 23.59 Hours on Saturday 15th December 2018 read more

RMT has been organising public meetings to support Northern Rail guards. The final one is:

November 29 – 6pm Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Street, Liverpool, L3 5UL

National dispute fund (DOO disputes) – If you would like to donate to the RMT National Dispute Fund which makes payments to support their striking members taking part in National DOO disputes then you can donate via PayPal using the donate button below or make a cheque payable to RMT National Dispute Fund and send it to the address below. Alternatively, you can ring their Freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706 who will be happy to process a credit card payment for you, or, if you would like to pay via internet banking, please email l.rolles@rmt.org.uk for further details. Vicky Thompson, Finance Manager RMT, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD. Tel: 020-7529-8843 read more

RMT says years of rail privatisation to blame for current disruption in Wales as union calls for additional support for rail staff dealing with on-going chaos (Nov 26) – Years of abject failure of the private sector to invest in new trains is the root cause of the ongoing rail chaos in Wales currently wrecking services, transport union RMT said today. The union added there had been huge underinvestment on the 15 year franchise operated by Arriva which ended on 13th October. Arriva left a shocking legacy of old and dilapidated trains whilst walking away with millions in profit for its German state railway owner. RMT is also calling on Transport for Wales to put in additional measure to support frontline staff dealing with the rail chaos read more

RMT begins balloting members for strike action in dispute with P&O Dover over attack on sickness procedures (23 Nov) – MARITIME UNION RMT has announced that a ballot of its members for strike action in a dispute with P&O Dover is now underway after the company unilaterally imposed and refused to withdraw a new sickness procedure. The union put the issue into dispute last month giving the company ample opportunity to reach a solution but they have failed miserably and as a result the ballot goes ahead read more

RMT racks up another important victory in campaign to halt London Overground ticket office closures (20 Nov) – RAIL UNION RMT today racked up another important victory in the campaign to halt the London Overground ticket office closure programme but warned that the battle is far from over. At a packed London Travelwatch board meeting today the independent passenger watchdog recognised that the proposal from Arriva Rail London to close 51 ticket offices ”is not a clear cut situation” and they need more answers to questions which were raised read more

Further Central Line industrial action called – That we note the resolution from our from Central Line East Branch that to bring the company back into normal industrial relations they are resolved to continue to take strike action. Accordingly, we instruct all Central Line Train Operators and Operator Instructors to take Strike Action by not booking on for shifts between: 20:00 hours on Friday 21st December and 02:00 hours on Saturday 22nd December 2018 and 04:00 hours and 20:00 hours on Saturday 22nd December 2018 read more    Central line strike action announced in Paul Bailey unfair sacking dispute

 

TSSA

Strike action at ScotRail now on the cards (22 Nov) – TSSA will ballot beleaguered ScotRail staff on industrial action including strike action if the company’s bosses fail to withdraw plans to outsource vital station maintenance and repair work. TSSA, which represents white collar, managerial and skilled technical and engineering staff, investigated rumours that ScotRail wants to outsource their Property & Facilities Management department, responsible for overseeing and carrying out station maintenance, following a review recommendation from outsourcing firm by Capita read more

 

Unison

Centrica urged to talk about pension proposals (26 Nov) – UNISON members won’t accept company’s proposals to work longer, pay more and get less. UNISON has rejected pension proposals from Centrica (British Gas) which would require members to work longer, pay more and get less. The rejection comes in the union’s formal response to the company’s statutory consultation on its proposals, which would affect around 2,000 UNISON members working for British Gas as well as other workers across the business read more

Leicester University security team wins battle against cut to hours and pay (23 Nov) – The university drops its plan after magnificent branch campaign, including 100% backing for industrial action. Members at UNISON’s University of Leicester branch are celebrating after the employer has dropped plans to cut the hours – and pay – of the university’s security team. The 26 workers affected would have seen pay cuts if the university had succeeded with its plan to cut their weekly hours from 37 to 35. All other staff at the university saw their hours drop to 35 a week, with no loss of pay, when the university became a living wage employer in 2016 read more

Support the Glasgow Equal Pay strikers – More than 8,000 union members – overwhelmingly low paid women – took strike action this November, with 10,000 marching to a rally outside the city hall on the first day of the strike read more

Strike fund donations to:

UNITY Trust

Sort code 60 83 01 A/c Number 20275789

Drew Rigden Treasurer UNISON Glasgow City Branch

84 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQTel: 0141-552-7069

read more from Glasgow City Unison Facebook page

Support the striking Birmingham homecare workers – Please send messages of support and donations to Unison Birmingham branch, 46 The Priory Queensway Birmingham  B4 7LR. Email info@birminghamunison.co.uk    Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/birminghamunison/

Grimethorpe primary school dinner ladies go on permanent strike – Support the indefinite strike by dinner ladies and teaching assistants at Ladywood Primary school in Grimethorpe near Barnsley. They are fighting redundancies and cuts in jobs and hours Ladywood Primary School, in Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire read more. Support the Unison lobby of Barnsley Labour council meeting on Thursday 29th November from 9-30am outside the Town Hall. messages of support to: branchoffice@unisonbarnsleylg.org

Support Camden NSL workers – Camden UNISON members working for private company NSL as traffic wardens recently took 5 days of strike action as part of their fight for decent pay. They are asking for £11.15 an hour, an amount that Camden UNISON believes is very reasonable particularly when the top director at NSL gets over £320 an hour. For updates about the dispute and to send messages of support, contact unison@camden.gov.uk   read more on Camden Unison website

 

More Unite

BREAKING NEWS!! Birmingham bin workers in strike vote over ‘secret’ payments (27 Nov) – Around 300 members of Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite, who work for Birmingham city council’s waste refuse service are being balloted for strike action amid accusations of blacklisting over payments made to refuse workers who did not support last year’s long running bin dispute. The ballot which closes on Friday 14 December raises the prospect of industrial action over the Christmas period. It comes after the council recently admitted that it had made payments worth several thousand pounds each to a group of refuse workers who did not take part in last year’s bin dispute. Unite has also lodged claims with the Employment Tribunal, saying that the payments are tantamount to the blacklisting of workers who took part in the long running bin dispute. Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “It is simply astounding. By making these secret payments Birmingham city council has effectively blacklisted Unite members for carrying out their legal right to defend their jobs last year read more

BREAKING NEWS!! Hackney housing strike off as Unite celebrates victory in pay dispute Hackney housing association facing week of strikes over broken pay promises (26 Nov) – Members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, employed at Peter Bedford Housing Association in Hackney are set to take five working days of strike action in a dispute over broken pay promises. The 25 Unite members, who provide care and assistance to 400 vulnerable adults in supported living accommodation, will take strike action beginning on Monday 3 December and ending on Friday 7 December. The dispute is a result of the management of the housing association failing to implement a pay deal agreed last year. A deal had been brokered by Unite agreeing that the workforce would be paid in line with the National Joint Council (local government agreement) pay rates and that the housing association would also honour future local government pay increases. Pay rates for workers in local government increased by two per cent this April but the management at Peter Bedford failed to increase workers’ pay accordingly. This was despite the housing association recording a surplus last year. Up until the agreement made last year, the workforce has not received a pay increase for five years read more

Pay dispute at Hampshire cable company settled, as workers vote for two-year deal (26 Nov) – The long-running pay dispute at Prysmian Cables & Systems in Eastleigh, Hampshire has been settled, after the workers voted overwhelmingly for a two-year pay deal. Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, announced today (Monday 26 November), that the workforce had voted by 85 per cent to accept two per cent for 2018, backdated to January, and 2.5 per cent for 2019. Unite regional coordinating officer Debbie Watson said: “We are pleased that our members have accepted an improved offer, following a campaign of industrial action. “I would like to praise the solidarity our members have shown during this testing time and the big-hearted support they have received from the local community. “Our members are now working normally and Unite is looking forward to a constructive dialogue with the management as we move forward.” Unite, which has 162 members at the company, said the workers had originally rejected a two per cent pay offer for the year starting January 2018 read more

Unite secures victory in Street Crane dispute after improved pay offer (23 Nov) – Members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, employed at Street Crane Company Ltd have secured victory in a dispute over pay. Following eight days of strike action by workers who build and maintain overhead factory cranes, the management at Street Crane, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, made a revised offer of a three per cent pay increase on all pay and allowances, backdated to the anniversary date of 1 July 2018. Throughout the dispute the 40 Unite members showed complete solidarity and they also secured the support of the local community in Chapel-en-le-Frith and the local Unite community branch. The dispute was called as a result of the management at Street Crane refusing to enter into negotiations and attempting to impose a pay deal on the workers without discussion. The strikes were the first industrial action at the company for 20 years read more

Low paid cleaners at Luton Airport deliver solid vote for strike action (21 Nov) – Low paid workers at Luton Airport employed by Sasse have given 100 per cent backing for strike action as part of their ongoing campaign for pay justice. The workers who are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for staff and passengers at Luton Airport are currently struggling to make ends meet on the minimum wage of £7.83. Sasse which was awarded the contract by Luton Airport in April this year has offered a three year pay deal to increase workers’ pay, but by 2021 workers will still be earning below the real living wage of £9.00. Unite members employed by Sasse will take a week of strike action commencing at 18.30 on 4 December , concluding at 18.29 on 11 December. 100 per cent of the workers who took part in the ballot voted for strike action. Unite members employed by Clece Care Services who took a week of strike action earlier this month will also take action for a fourth time from 5 December until 8 December read more

Sign the petition to save jobs at Cammell Lairds – Cammell Lairds has just won £619M worth of contracts to maintain the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Ships, but instead of reassuring their workforce, they have decided to propose 291 redundancies with the first taking place, just weeks before Christmas. We need to be Turning the tide on Casualisation, we believe it is not acceptable that companies like Peel Ports who have a controlling stake in Cammell Lairds, can take such aggressive steps to maximize profits

 

GMB & Unite

Support the fight to save Appledore shipyard: GMB Demands Answers Over Appledore Closure – Why did the Government’s offer to Babcock come in so late – was it just to cover Ministers’ own backs, asks GMB Union? GMB, the shipbuilding union, is demanding answers over the decision to close Appledore shipyard. The union ensured the matter was raised in the House of Commons within hours of the announcement – and has now written to Babcock seeking clarification read more

Unite: Appledore shipyard closure ‘a hammer blow’ for the workers and Devon economy

 

CWU

Busy week ahead for #ENDGAME campaign tour against BTFS outsourcing (26 Nov) – The fight against BT’s plans to outsource its Facilities Services division continues with a vengeance this week, with regional demonstrations scheduled to take place every day between now and Friday read more and details of nationwide protests

‘Scrooge’ Post Office bosses spark Xmas strike vote (Nov 23) – Mean-hearted’ Post Office management have provoked a national strike ballot of Crown members by refusing to honour a longstanding convention allowing Crown staff an early finish on Christmas Eve. With members already reeling from last month’s shock announcement of widespread closures and ‘franchises’ of Crown offices, this latest action by management has sparked widespread anger read more

Post Office – 1st December Day of Action – Join us! – Saturday December 1st will see protests in cities and towns all over the UK, as the CWU leads a nationwide Day of Action in defence of the UK’s Post Office network. Speaking at a lively central London launch yesterday, general secretary Dave Ward pointed out that the Post Office bosses’ announcement of the the ‘franchising’ of 74 Crown offices to retailer WH Smith, impacting on some 7-800 jobs, marked a change in their strategy from “managed decline to terminal decline. “And that’s what we’re facing unless we can force a change of direction,” he told the audience of CWU branch and regional officers, explaining two key reasons for the root causes of this crisis. Firstly, he sharply criticised “the wrong decision to separate the Post Office from Royal Mail” and reminded people that “no other government in the world has done this.” And then he turned his fire on the individuals running the company, slamming “senior managers, who get paid large amounts of money and, rather than improve things, they smash them up.” In the forthcoming campaign, “we need the whole union to get behind this campaign, win as much political support as possible and get out and about among local communities too – fighting as hard as we can to stop as many of these franchises and closures as we can,” Dave urged. But as well as waging this defensive battle, our general secretary added that the union must also be at the spearhead of fighting for a positive future for our post office network, waging and winning the battle of ideas and setting out our own vision read more

 

PCS

Major Brexit delivery department facing strike action. Business Department forcing staff to strike over poverty wages (26 Nov) – On Monday 26 November 2018 PCS Union issued strike notice to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for their refusal to agree to pay a liveable wage to their support staff. This move comes alongside United Voices of the World Union (UVW), who represent support staff at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), who are currently balloting their members. The workers organised to demand occupational sick pay and equal holiday terms with in-house employees. Now the two Unions plan to undertake joint strike action against two major Whitehall Departments.

PCS Union has always made clear the social and economic benefits of bringing support staff back in-house, thus ending the scandal of outsourcing services that results in poor pay and conditions for workers, whilst ensuring big profits for private companies from public money. So it is extremely disappointing that after two years of discussions with PCS Union the Secretary of State, Greg Clark, has gone back on his promises made just last week, on Tuesday 20 November, on the floor of the House in response to Rebecca Long-Bailey (Shadow Secretary of State) to ensure “…that we always treat them well including in terms of their pay and terms and conditions”.

He has now informed the Union he is only asking his officials to conduct a ‘review’ of pay and terms and conditions. This doesn’t sound like his promise to Rebecca Long-Bailey to always “treat them well” and falls well short of “treating them well… [on] their pay” and is another delaying tactic, which has real life consequences. Reviews don’t feed or house anyone.

In both workplaces, BEIS and MoJ, workers have been out-sourced to subcontractors who pay them below the independently-calculated London Living Wage (£10.55 an hour) and only the statutory levels of sick pay and leave. That means that workers are forced to work when sick or injured as they cannot afford to miss a day. On Tuesday 16 October one of BEIS’s security guards was injured protecting the Department from an intruder. Despite praise from both BEIS’s Permanent Secretary and Secretary of State, and a promise to PCS Union that the guard would be looked after, as soon as the Department looked away the service provider, Engie, sought to only pay the guard statutory sick leave for the time off he was forced to take due to his injuries. This is just one example of the treatment that workers must suffer because of outsourcing.

Support staff in BEIS are united and clear that the Secretary of State’s ‘review’ is not good enough and will not help them pay their bills now. Support staff have had enough of the Department’s indifference and intransigence and are prepared to take strike action to get a liveable wage and dignity in work. Darren, a post room worker in BEIS said

Tell us how justice cuts affect you (21 Nov) – Ministry of Justice cuts have seen the government slash the department’s budget by 40%, with more to come, hitting many service users and staff hard. To support the PCS defending justice campaign we want to hear members’ experience of the cuts, about how you feel you have been treated by your employer under the HMCTS Reform Programme and the creation of CTSC’s and closure of other workplaces read more

 

NEU, NAHT and ASCL

Teaching unions start indicative ballot on pay and funding: ‘Hands up because enough is enough!’ – Following the Government’s failure to address the school and college funding crisis in the recent Budget, the National Education Union (NEU), along with NAHT and ASCL, are taking the unprecedented step of simultaneously consulting with their respective members on what steps to take next read more

 

NEU

Teachers at John Roan in Greenwich strike again against academisation – Join The John Roan teachers on their 10th & 11th days of strike action against forced academisation. Teachers have recently been buoyed by solidarity from Angela Rayner & Jeremy Corbyn, and we would appreciate your support on the picket line read more

 

EIS

Teachers Overwhelmingly Reject ‘Final’ pay Offer from Scottish Government and COSLA – Scottish teachers have overwhelmingly rejected the ‘final’ pay offer put to them by the Scottish Government and COSLA in a ballot organised by Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS. In an incredible show of solidarity, over 98% of those voting rejected the offer. Turnout in the ballot was more than 74%. Both the turnout and the scale of the rejection are unprecedented and represent the most overwhelming ballot result in modern EIS history. The EIS, and other teaching unions, submitted a pay claim of 10% for the year. The offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA was based on a 3% cost of living increase for teachers and associated professionals, plus some additional changes to the main grade pay scale for unpromoted teachers read more

 

UCU

UCU Wales Pay & Workload Dispute – On pay the result was 90.5% in support of strike action with a 52.3% turnout.  On workload there was a 53.8% turnout with 90.1% in favour of action. Both ballot results comfortably meet the thresholds set by the 2016 Trade Union Act indicating the strength of feeling amongst lecturing staff over these issues. The Joint Trade Unions (JTUs) met Colegau Cymru (CC), the college Principal’s representative body, on Friday 16th November.  This meeting did not result in a revised offer.  The meeting was very brief and CC claimed they haven’t received additional funding from Welsh Government yet and are awaiting the outcome in January.  It is clear that Colegau Cymru are testing our resolve. The Further Education sector in Wales is in crisis and the increasing intensity of workloads, coupled with job cuts and a decade of real-terms pay cuts are leading to low staff morale and having a negative impact on the quality of learners’ education.  A decade of Tory imposed austerity and woefully inadequate funding has devastated the FE sector in Wales. In effect we have witnessed ten years of barbaric educational vandalism. Pay is a crucial issue for education workers.  Members have endured approximately a 20% pay cut in real terms over the last decade. Our members are seeking support from charities as they face financial difficulties.  Education workers cannot afford any more pay cuts; they cannot afford not to fight on pay. Learners deserve lecturers who are well-paid and members deserve to be valued for the vital work they do. In addition to pay cuts, FE lecturers are being forced to the brink due to unsustainable and oppressive workloads.  A UCU Wales Survey on workload showed that members are working on average 50 hour weeks, but getting paid for 37. Lecturers are literally working two days for free as they attempt to cover up the cracks in the system. No lecturer wants to take industrial action and UCU Coleg y Cymoedd hopes that Colegau Cymru will recognise the damaging effect working conditions are having on both staff and students.  Welsh Government and Colegau Cymru must understand that the working conditions of lecturers are the learning conditions of students.  Unless there is proper investment in the FE sector, Wales and its population will face an uncertain future as opportunities to upskill, reskill and flourish are limited and chances of secure and rewarding employment damaged. Messages of solidarity would be welcome and please support local college pickets on the 4th, 13th and 14th of December.  Attendance would also be welcome at a lobby of the Senedd on the 4th December (time to be confirmed).  Supporters could also donate to the UCU Wales Hardship Fund to help some of our lowest paid members to take strike action; details below:

UCU Wales Hardship Fund

Unity Bank, sort code: 608301, account number: 20085704.

Cheques made payable to UCU Wales Hardship Fund and send to UCU Wales FE Treasurer: David Morgan, 12 Buccaneer way, Newport NP10 8ER.

In solidarity,

Clare Gibbs (UCU Coleg y Cymoedd, Communication Representative)

Pay dispute ends at London colleges as staff accept “landmark” 5% deal (21 Nov) – Staff at three London colleges that make up the Capital City College Group (CCCG) have voted to accept a new pay deal worth 5%. UCU members at City & Islington College, College of Haringey Enfield & North East London and Westminster Kingsway College had taken eight days of strike action between February and May. The pay award for the 2018/19 academic year is worth around £140 a month extra and will be backdated to September in staff’s December pay packets. The deal ensures that the lowest paid staff will receive the biggest increase. The new CCCG chief executive Roy O’Shaughnessy has waived his right to an annual bonus. The news of the landmark pay deal comes a week before UCU members at six colleges across England will take two days of strikes in their fight for fair pay and ballots open at another 26 English colleges. The union said the deal set the bar for other colleges when it comes to the pay and conditions of staff read more

‘Magnificent Six’ to strike 28-29 November – Please support the six UCU college branches taking strike action for fair pay on the 28 and 29 November:  Swindon New College, Petroc College Devon, Bath College, Lambeth College, Bradford College, Croydon College. The action is part of the FE fights back campaign and many other branches who did not reach the 50% turnout threshold imposed by anti-union laws, plan to re-ballot members from the 28 November read more

 

BECTU

Progress made in RSC discussions (22 Nov) – BECTU has welcomed progress made in ongoing discussions with the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) about potential changes to security services. The union, which represents numerous staff at the world-famous theatre company, has been speaking with management about proposals for fire, security and stage door, which could have seen in-house stage door services scrapped. A number of changes have now been made to the proposals – including retaining an in-house stage door keeper – and BECTU will continue to support members throughout the consultation read more

Read the latest about the Picturehouse dispute on Brixton Ritzy Facebook Page and those of Hackney, Crouch End, Central, Dulwich East and Duke of York Brighton

Donate to the Picturehouse Cinema strike fund: https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike

 

NIPSA

Health Service Pay: NIPSA Ballots Members (23 Nov) – NIPSA has written to its 9,500 members working within the HSC in Northern Ireland, canvassing whether they would be prepared to be balloted formally on industrial action over the continuing absence of any pay award for 2018/2019 and beyond. 3 year deals, including a refresh of the Agenda For Change Framework and a pay uplift, have been agreed in England, Scotland and Wales, backdated to April 2018. These deals range from 6.5% to 9% over 3 years. Money has been made available by the Treasury to fund a pay deal in Northern Ireland read more

 

 

 

Other news

Oppose Tommy Robinson in London on Sunday November 9th – unite against racism & fascism assemble 11.15am Downing Street Facebook event

 

 

 

Blacklisting & Victimisation

Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)

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International

BFAWU sends solidarity to the Haft Tappeh Workers – The BFAWU sends our best wishes and solidarity to those fighting against injustice in Iran and calls for the immediate release of those 8 workers imprisoned for demanding their rights to be paid. We also demand the immediate release of the 3 activists and the female journalist who have been taken to an unknown place. We salute the bravery of the Haft Tappeh workers and call for all decent people to write to the Iranian embassy to demand these workers demands are met. Please support and sign the petition

Myanmar hotel workers are fighting for their rights! Read more

Global confectioner Perfetti Van Melle is attacking rights in Bangladesh read more

 

 

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