NSSN 466: Donate to the RMT strike fund on SWR

January 7, 2020 in Bulletins

The NSSN sends our New Year greetings to all our supporters and affiliates and commit ourselves to continue to support workers taking action and unions under attack.

We are therefore proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the RMT, who along with the other rail and transport unions are being targeted by the Tories with even more anti-union legislation – effectively a ‘scab’s charter’.

On December 19th, we stood with the RMT on Parliament Square in a rally against the laws proposed in that day’s Queens Speech. RMT general secretary Mick Cash warned Boris Johnson that this protest was the start of the fight, not the end. Linda Taaffe and Rob Williams, NSSN secretary and chair respectively, called for the TUC and the unions to organise a Saturday demonstration in London to mobilise support across the union movement. John McDonnell also spoke and a whole number of Labour MPs joined the protest.

One of the last speakers was a RMT rep from the long-running South Western Railway strike against Driver Only Operation, where workers took a further 27 days of action in December. The NSSN is appealing for financial support and solidarity for the RMT and their members on SWR.

RMT Fratton picket NSSN snip

Send messages of support and requests for speakers for your union branch and/or trades council to RMT NEC member and SWR guard Geoff Kite – g.kite@rmt.org.uk

To make a donation to the hardship funds set up for RMT members striking against Driver Only Operation:-

National Dispute Fund:
Transfers can be made directly into the account using the details below:
Account name: RMT Head Office National Dispute Fund
Account no: 20113524
Sort Code: 60-83-01
Alternatively, you can send cheques to the Finance Department at Head Office – Unity House 39 Chalton Street London NW11JD

RMT Wessex DOO Dispute Fund:
Transfers can be made directly into the account using the details below:
Account name: RMT Wessex DOO Dispute Fund
Account no: 20399461
Sort Code: 60-83-01

BREAKING NEWS!! RMT demands public sector takeover of SWR as accounts filed today show private operator is going bust (7 Jan) – RAIL UNION RMT has demanded an urgent public sector takeover of South Western Railway as accounts filed today show that the current private operator is on course to go bust. Deloitte, the companies own auditors, said that South Western faces “material uncertainty” over whether it can continue operating. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Rather than allowing South Western Railway to collapse into chaos RMT is demanding that the existing operator is stripped of the franchise with the public sector taking over as soon as possible. The alternative is Britain’s biggest rail franchise crashing into the buffers with dire consequences for passengers and staff alike…” read more

 

 

POA

POA legal challenge against contempt of court to be challenged at appeal (19 Dec) – The Secretary of State for Justice instructed Government Lawyers to apply for a Contempt of Court against the POA. The Divisional Court has now ruled in a Judgement today that the POA defence to Contempt of Court has failed and that we were in breach of the Permanent Injunction and the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The POA has been fined in total £210,000.This is a disappointing result and our struggle for justice will continue. The National Executive Committee had already determined that if we lost this legal case then we would instruct our legal team to seek leave to appeal on the contempt and indeed the issues pertaining to our Human Rights.The POA General Secretary Steve Gillan stated; “The POA have been restricted by the Courts and Legislation since 1994. For 25 years we have campaigned against this pernicious piece of legislation which restricts POA members basic Human Rights. We hope our appeal against this Judgement will be successful” read more
Support the CWU in the Royal Mail dispute. Defend the right to strike –read more on CWU Facebook page

The NSSN is calling on all our supporters and affiliates to give full support and solidarity to the CWU after their appeal against the outrageous High Court ruling was dismissed. We call for an emergency meeting of the TUC General Council to discuss solidarity action and protests.

Email messages of support to the CWU via info@cwu.org and follow the union on their website, Facebook and twitter via @CWUnews using the #WeRiseAgain hashtag

CWU National Dispute – resources page

Join CWU Supporters now – The fight against exploitative employers, dodgy contracts and insecure work requires the support of every single community across the country.

Our recent vote for strike action in Royal Mail Group was secured by connecting with our membership in every corner of the UK – both online and on the ground.

Now we need your help to take our message to the public. By joining CWU Supporters you will be contacted with campaign materials and resources that will help us win this battle – and the others we are fighting

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Support these indefinite industrial actions:-

Unite

Support the Unite Bromley strike – Unite members are taking action to defend jobs being led by 50 members of the union employed by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) and who work at Bromley’s libraries. The workers have been on continuous strike since Thursday 6 June. They recently renewed their strike mandate and began the latest continuous strike action on Monday 25 November. Once Unite members became aware that the strikers had voted again to renew the strike mandate a fund raising exercise was organised. Unite branches from Scotland to Gibraltar and many places in between made donations and over £20,000 was raised for the campaign. The strike is as a result of the plans by GLL, which claims to be a social enterprise, to slash staffing levels by 35 per cent making it impossible for the council’s 14 libraries to remain fully functioning. Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The generosity of Unite branches across the UK, has greatly helped to show GLL that this is a campaign supported by people across the UK and has given our members a huge morale boost as well. GLL need to understand that the strength and conviction of our members is undiminished and strikes will continue until GLL provides cast iron assurances that they will not slash jobs. Our members fundamentally believe that libraries improve people’s lives and that GLL’s current plans will destroy the ethos of the service. Unite believes that this dispute can be resolved if GLL is prepared to enter into honest negotiations. Unite’s door is very much open to allow such talks to occur.”

📢Join us for one of the campaign days!

📢Follow Unite London & Eastern to find out details about the future events!

Here is a link for our crowd funding site which has been set up. Please forward this to stewards and members and encourage them to donate. This is a vitally important campaign – and we will win a vitally important victory!

Also, cheques can be made payable to Onay Kasab and forwarded to 33 – 37 Moreland St, London, EC1V 8BB and messages of support via onay.kasab@unitetheunion.org   bank details are: Unity Trust Bank, Bromley LG Bromley Branch, A/C NO. 20272821 Sort 60 83 01

Sign the petition to defend Bromley Library Service Call and support the indefinite strike. Please send messages of support and any financial assistance via Unite regional officer Onay Kasab Onay.Kasab@unitetheunion.org

 

Support the Tayside Pharmacy workers – read more on Support Tayside Pharmacy Workers Facebook page

Donate to the strike fund

 

 

 

NSSN news

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Date for your diary: 2020 NSSN Conference Saturday July 4th 11am-4.30pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL

And if you can, come to one of our regional Conferences. If there is not one in your area, get in touch to either assist in organising or have a speaker at one of your meetings or events. Contact Rob or Linda on info@shopstewards.net

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Union News

FBU

Scottish firefighters urged to reject new pay proposal (20 Dec) – Scottish firefighters are urged to reject a new pay offer from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), after employers have failed to fully address the concerns raised by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The new proposal comes after the initial pay offer was resoundingly rejected by firefighters in Scotland in July, forcing SFRS back to the table for further negotiations. The initial offer was over concerns including the lack of clarity over sustainable funding, the proposed pay increase and the expansion of firefighters’ roles. The FBU Executive Council met on 17 December to discuss the revised proposal, followed by a meeting of the Scottish Regional Committee (SRC) on 18 December. Although it was acknowledged that some areas of the proposal had improved, other concerns raised by FBU members, including removing mobilisation to slips, trips and falls from the list of additional duties, have not been satisfactorily addressed. These mobilisations would be following requests from other organisations, including health and social care read more

 

UCU

Strike ballots to open at another 25 universities (18 Dec) – Even more universities could face disruption in the new year if disputes over pensions, and over pay and conditions are not resolved read more

 

More RMT

RMT to hold ‘Save Our Seafarers’ protest outside Welsh Parliament on January 9, 2020 – Maritime union RMT will be holding a demonstration outside the Welsh Parliament as part of its campaign for the enactment of policies that will increase seafarer and docker jobs in Wales. The protest will take place on Thursday 9th January 2020 from 1600 outside the National Assembly for Wales (Senedd), Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA. This will be followed by a rally and reception from 1700-1900 in the Senedd read more

Tyne and Wear Metro strike action rock solid this morning in fight for workplace justice and pay equality (20 Dec) – RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Our members are standing rock solid this morning and the wholesale shutdown of services is entirely due to NEXUS who have made no effort to resolve this dispute. The company attitude shows nothing but contempt for our reasonable and justifiable claim which would provide flexibility for the introduction of the new rolling stock whilst seeing a fair increase in salary levels and a reduction in the working week for Traincrew grades. Management have rejected our proposals out of hand claiming there is no money which is total nonsense…” read more

 

TSSA

TSSA calls for Northern Rail to be restored to public ownership ending “failed experiment” of rail privatisation (2 Jan) – TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called for Northern Rail to be taken permanently into public ownership when the company is stripped of its franchise. Cortes said: “Its been clear for some time that the Northern Rail franchise has been living on borrowed time, and finally it’s reached the end of the line. The problem isn’t just Northern Rail, it’s the franchising system itself. Rather than taking the system into temporary public ownership while another expensive franchising competition takes place, the government should call time on the failed experiment of rail privatisation…” read more

 

ASLEF

Queen’s Speech (19 Dec) – ASLEF utterly condemns the Grant Shapps plan – revealed in the Queen’s speech at the state opening of Parliament this morning – to curtail the right of train drivers, and other railway workers, to take industrial action. Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: “The right to strike is a fundamental human right, recognized in every democracy in the free world. To try and curtail our right to take industrial action, as outlined today, is not just an abuse of our rights as citizens of a free and democratic country, it is something I know the employers in our industry don’t want, either. Because this law, if it is passed, will only worsen, and not improve, industrial relations in our industry. That is why, privately, employers say it is a stupid idea by a new government that has no idea of how to run a railway.” Read more

 

PCS

LGV driving examiners out in all weathers for PCS strike (20 Dec) – PCS members, who are LGV driving examiners in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, have held early morning picket lines in often wintry weather on the first 5 days of their week-long action, which ends on Christmas Eve. This is a long-running dispute over working practices and restructures. Our members work in various driving test centres, across the country. The strike, which started on Monday (16), follows the breakdown of talks at Acas, where management refused to meaningfully negotiate with reps, in order to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution. Members are angry about attacks on their terms and conditions including flexible working and a lack of consultation from management. Donate to the strike fund online using account number: 20331490, sort code: 608301, quoting the reference DVSA Strike Fund. Send your solidarity messages to Midsbargaining@pcs.org.uk

Civil service unions reject divisive MoD pay offer (19 Dec) – PCS entered Acas talks this week with the Ministry of Defence over the employer’s failure to negotiate in good faith over pay. The outcome was that the employer did not move on the offer and as a result PCS, along with other civil service unions, will now reject the MoD’s offer. The decision by the PCS national disputes committee (NDC) to reject the offer without a ballot was made because we cannot recommend acceptance or allow a ballot that would allow members to vote for a deal in which the lowest and most junior grades would lose out. We cannot in principle or policy recommend an offer that includes detrimental terms and conditions tied to what looks on the surface like an attractive three year offer read more

Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) staff win improvements to pay (18 Dec) – Following a ballot for strike action and ACAS talks, management have offered an improved pay deal. In October, PCS members working as senior caseworkers, caseworkers and admin, voted overwhelmingly for industrial action following a below inflation pay offer. The 2% offer from bosses marked the 10th consecutive below inflation (RPI) pay imposition leaving PHSO members worse off each year. During negotiations management claimed that PCS costings were “unaffordable” despite acknowledging that a just pay rise would only cost £50k. Members were balloted and overwhelmingly agreed to reject the offer and take industrial action and action short of strike. Following the ballot PCS and management agreed to go into talks with ACAS and these resulted in an improved pay offer, including a 2.5% pay increase and the reintroduction of annual pay progression and increments (which was a key demand). The revised pay offer was put to PCS members in a ballot with a recommendation to accept. Members have voted to accept the proposals read more

Support the HMRC Ealing workers – the latest round of strikes by PCS members against the closure of the HMRC office in Ealing, saw a further increase in membership support for the action. The latest round of strikes was launched in December, following the department reneging on an agreed approach aimed at avoiding the mass redundancies, which would inevitably arise from the its plans to close the office at International House. The next strike is on January 15th

What else you can do:-

Send a message of support to RCGroup@pcs.org.uk

Support us on social media, using the hashtag #SaveEalingTaxOffice

Donate to the strike fund.

For more information on how you can help support our campaign, contact cathyc@pcs.org.uk   read more

Support Merseyside ISS members in HMRC The members who clean HMRC offices in Bootle and Liverpool have been striking over low pay and poor conditions. The low paid members recently took six days strike action, in addition to previous action in September. Members are demanding a £10 per hour living wage, holidays and sick pay equal to civil servants, and improved job security. Picket lines in Bootle and Liverpool remained strong, with a majority of striking members taking part and support from UCU members who are also on strike. Meanwhile, the strike-breakers brought in by ISS have complained directly to pickets in Liverpool about the amount of work they are having to cover. You can help by donating to the strike fund and sending solidarity messages to rcgroup@pcs.org.uk read more

 

More Unite

Bradford council’s offer to protect libraries and museum service given cautious welcome by Unite (7 Jan) – Members of Unite employed in Bradford council’s library and museum service, who took 14 days of strike action last year, have given a cautious welcome to the local authority’s commitment to find ‘additional’ money for the service. The strike action was taken as a result of the council proposing to cut the service’s budget by 65 per cent. Under the council’s proposals £420,000 will be redirected from estates to pay for the city library, £700,000 will be transferred from the public health budget to pay for libraries and an additional £500,000 for the museum service. Unite is now seeking an urgent meeting with the council about what the “new funding” will exactly mean for the service read more

London facing standstill as exhausted bus drivers prepare for strike action (6 Jan) – Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is warning that London could face gridlock if exhausted bus drivers take industrial action later this year. Unite will begin a consultative ballot of over 20,000 members employed as London bus drivers later this month and, provided a yes vote is secured, a full industrial action ballot will then follow. Unite is demanding that London bus operators and Transport for London (TfL) take decisive action to tackle chronic levels of fatigue being experienced by bus drivers. Unite is sharply critical of individual bus operators who have suggested that the solution is simply about ensuring drivers get more sleep read more

‘Serious disruption’ to Volkswagen Group vehicle deliveries looms as Sheerness dock drivers prepare to strike (2 Jan) – Drivers at logistics firm GB Terminals (Southern) Ltd based at Sheerness docks, Kent, will begin three months of strike action on 10 January in a dispute over pay, Unite today (Thursday 2 January). Unite members will hold a series of strikes beginning next Friday and ending 13 March, after GB Terminals refused a claim for a pay increase in line with inflation and sought to impose a pay freeze. The union said the strike action by 26 members will cause ‘serious disruption’ to the supply of new Volkswagen Group vehicles into the UK, including the distribution of new plate vehicles due to go on sale in March 2020 read more

St Mungo’s CEO’s email blunder exposes shameful anti trade union tactics (23 Dec) – Unite has called on Howard Sinclair, CEO of homelessness charity St Mungo’s, to step down immediately after a misdirected email revealed that the charity had worked with a top London PR agency on a strategy to stop people joining the union and ‘erode [its] support’, during this summer’s industrial dispute. The CEO is due to stand down in the autumn of 2020 after six years at the helm. The email which was accidentally misdirected by Sinclair to a Unite official and was also sent to employees of BLJ London, a PR consultancy which specialises in crisis management communications. In it he writes: ‘No need to change tac (sic). Our strategy should be to…stop more people joining and erode support.’ The call for Sinclair to go, comes as Unite gets set to re-ballot the union’s members for strike action, after failing to reach the 50 per cent threshold required by law by one single vote in September, despite 78 per cent of members voting for strike action. Notice was served on the employer on Thursday (19 December) with the ballot opening on Monday 6 January and closing on Monday 3 February 2020 read more

Wigan council mechanic strike ballot off after council compromises on shift pattern changes (20 Dec) – Wigan council mechanics, who were told they had to work late on Fridays despite already accepting rota changes that will leave some £400 a month worse off, have cancelled a strike ballot after the council backed down, Unite said today (Friday 20 December). The mechanics, who repair and maintain nearly 300 Wigan council municipal vehicles, have agreed to change from a four day shift pattern to five in order to comply with the council’s overtime cost saving measures. Wigan council have now backed down from their refusal to allow the mechanics to leave at 16.30 on a Friday, rather than the usual time of 17.30 read more

Liverpool university staff to strike for 48 hours tomorrow in pay and ‘bullying’ dispute (19 Dec) – Campus support staff at the University of Liverpool will strike for 48 hours tomorrow (Friday 20 December) in a dispute over pay and a bullying culture, Unite said today (Thursday 19 December). The dispute centres on the lack of consultation by university bosses over changes to Unite members’ terms and conditions, and their failure to tackle the issues relating to bullying and harassment of staff by management. These imposed changes have reduced allowances on average by £3,000 per year in regard to time off in lieu, overtime payments, shift allowances and additional responsibility payments. The 28 campus support services staff, who are responsible for the health, safety and security of the students, staff and car parks, as well as first responders in times of emergencies, will take strike action tomorrow from 07:00 until 06:59 on Sunday (22 December). This will be followed by further strike action on 23-28 December and 30 December-2 January read more

Engineers at Felixstowe docks to strike in outsourcing row for two days after Christmas (18 Dec) – Engineering workers at Felixstowe docks in Suffolk will take strike action for two days – 27 and 28 December – in the dispute over the threat that some of them will be transferred to an outside company. A total of more than 110 engineers, employed by the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company, who had voted by 98 per cent for strike action over plans to transfer a number of them to Universal Tyres, will hold stoppages between 07.00 to 19.00 on Friday 27 December and Saturday 28 December. Unite has about 1,900 members at the UK’s busiest container port, including the 116 engineers – however, at the current time, it is only the tyre fitting operation that faces being transferred, but Unite fears that this could be the start of an unwelcome trend. Unite announced today (Wednesday 18 December) that it would also start balloting its remaining 1,800 members at the docks for strike action and industrial action short of a strike on the outsourcing issue. The ballot will open on 24 December and closes on 14 January read more

Unions suspend industrial action as Frimley health trust agrees to stop plans to set up wholly owned subsidiary (18 Dec) – Unite and the GMB union have agreed to suspend three days of industrial strike action, due to have started today (Wednesday 18 December), after Frimley Health Foundation Trust (FHFT) agreed to stop all plans to set up a wholly owned subsidiary (WOS), whilst exploring all other options as alternatives to privatisation. The first step now is to work together to find the right alternative which will see an outcome deliver both the joint unions’ membership non-negotiable resolve to remain NHS workers. Unite and GMB unions members have agreed to suspend their strike actions as facilitated Acas negotiations produced a framework agreement to work together to seek and understand alternatives to the current WOS proposal favoured by FHFT. The talks, which begin in January, will see all three trade unions GMB, Unite and Unison involved in the dispute meeting weekly with the trust to go through and examine in detail business cases and suggestions around all options which might be available in delivering savings required as a result of the financial challenges the trust faces in the current climate, whilst it is hoped, allowing over 1,000 non clinical frontline staff to remain fully within and employed by the NHS read more

Suppprt Westex Carpets staff strike – Staff at West Yorkshire carpet manufacturer Westex Carpets will go on strike tomorrow (Wednesday 20 November) in a dispute over pay, Unite has said. Unite members will begin continuous strike action at two Westex Carpet sites in Cleckheaton and Dewsbury tomorrow after the company tabled a pay offer of 2.2 per cent, which was subsequently rejected by the membership read more

To make a donation to the hardship fund:-

Account name – TGWU

Account number – 20175407

Sort code – 60/83/01

Reference – WESTEX STRIKE FUND

 

Unison

Carmarthenshire council concedes to striking winter gritters’ demands (20 Dec) – by Mark Evans, Unison Carmarthenshire branch secretary (personal capacity). Plaid Cymru-led Carmarthenshire County has backed down in the face of determined industrial action by winter gritters. One of the placards produced by the workers’ Unison branch for the picket lines summed it up when it said: “Dashing through the snow, with a 1,000k to go. Don’t you think it fitting, we are paid for winter gritting”. Originally the employer, when talks started, wanted winter gritting to be contractual and employees only paid their hourly rate. The latest offer made by management on 19 December after two days of strike action offers a substantial retainer and meets virtually all our members’ demands. We can’t give further details until our members get it first. Despite Plaid Cymru councillors’ claims to the contrary the industrial action organised by GMB and Unison unions and supported by Unite was the result of the council making an insulting ‘final offer’ – ending the talks and refusing to go to conciliation service Acas. As a result all three unions balloted our members and all three passed the threshold with Unison hitting 100% in favour of strike action and action short of strike action read more

Hospital workers in Blackpool and St Helens emerge victorious in strikes over equal pay (Dec 19) – UNISON and private company Compass, which employs cleaners, caterers, porters, security and reception staff at Blackpool and St Helens Hospitals, have reached an agreement to end the long-running dispute over wages and sick pay. Before the settlement Compass employees were on the national minimum wage (£8.21 per hour), while colleagues employed directly by the NHS were earning at least £9.03. This meant Compass staff were losing out to the tune of around £1,500 a year. Staff were understandably angry that they weren’t receiving the same pay and benefits as NHS colleagues often doing similar jobs. Following the vote for industrial action in July, the Compass staff went out on strike for a total of 14 days. The UNISON brokered deals – voted for by 89% of the domestics at Blackpool and 75% of staff in St Helens – means they’ll now receive a significant pay rise, more money for working weekends and bank holidays and an improved sick pay scheme read more

Support Unison members who work for ISS Facility Services at Homerton Hospital.  ISS is the private company that runs catering, domestic, portering and security services at the hospital – Unless they have a supervisory position, none of the staff in this company are paid the current rate of the London Living Wage. Also, some staff have worse terms and conditions.  Those who transferred from the previous company still have terms which are broadly comparable to NHS terms and conditions (sick pay, annual leave, weekend/evening enhancements).  Those employed after 1st October 2015 do not. They only get statutory sick pay, less annual leave and a flat rate of pay whether they work unsocial hours or not. We are campaigning for fair pay and conditions for this group of workers.  Their work is vital to the safe running of our hospital and they should have the same terms as NHS staff.

We are asking you to

Please return any paper copies of the petition to the above email or Homerton UNISON c/o Education Centre, Homerton Hospital, London E9 6SR.

Please share this as widely as possible.

Thank you for your support.

Lorna Solomon & Pumula MacDonald Homerton UNISON branch committee

 

GMB

Bin collectors vote for industrial action (6 Jan) – Bin collectors in Sandwell have voted for industrial action after private outsourcing company Serco urged workers to ignore the company’s own safety rules. The ballot saw members vote to take action short of strike – effectively working to rule. GMB will meet with Serco on Wednesday to continue talks and will be setting dates for the action to start if an agreement is not reached read more

Support the ASDA workers and reinstate Michael Hunnum – 12,000 workers faced being sacked before Christmas by scrooge bosses ASDA, who are now owned by US superstore giant Walmart. This threat hanging over them was unless they agree to the new ‘Contract 6’ which will see them lose all their paid breaks and forced to work bank holidays. The same employer is sacking North East GMB member Michael Hunnam. Michael’s fight is part of the same struggle to resist the offensive of the ASDA bosses. Michael’s supporters believe that his determined opposition to Contract 6 is what has put him in the ASDA firing line. Support the ASDA workers and reinstate Michael!

 

NASUWT

NASUWT to open ballot of Isle of Man members for industrial action (17 Dec) – The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has today notified the Isle of Man Government that it is to ballot members for industrial action over pay, pensions and conditions of service. The NASUWT declared a formal dispute with the Department for Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) over the teachers’ pay award six months ago. The Union is in dispute over successive pay awards which have continued the significant erosion of teachers’ pay which has declined by over one-third, in real terms, since 2010 read more

 

NIPSA

Further Strike Action – NICS Members (30 Dec) – Following the earlier announcement that NIPSA members in the Mail Opening Units in the Limavady and Coleraine are on selective strike action from 23 December 2019 until 3 January 2020 (inclusive), I am today announcing further action in two other NIPSA Branches. Child Maintenance Service (NIPSA Branch 119) Members in the Child Maintenance Service, Great Northern Tower, Great Victoria Street, Belfast will be on strike on 2 and 3 January 2020.  Picket lines will be in place from 7.30 am to 12 noon on both days. Members in Employment Support Allowance Branch, Lanyon Place will be on strike on Monday 6 January 2020.  Picket lines will be in place from 7.15 am to 10 am read more

 

RCN

Strike action in Northern Ireland set to continue in January (24 Dec) – The RCN in Northern Ireland has notified the Department of Health and HSC employers that the next dates for strike action will be 8 and 10 January. On 18 December RCN members working within Health and Social Care (HSC) services in Northern Ireland went on strike to demand action on unsafe staffing levels and unequal pay. Further strike action is now planned for 8 and 10 January. There are currently 2,800 vacant nursing posts in the HSC and nurse pay has fallen by 15% in real terms in recent years. Nurses in Northern Ireland are the lowest paid in the UK read more

 

Prospect

HIAL air traffic dispute over as members vote to accept deal (3 Jan) – Members of the Prospect trade union working in air traffic control for Highlands and Islands limited have voted to accept a pay deal for 2018-21 which will end the current dispute. The staff accepted the proposed deal, which had been negotiated late last year, by a large margin in a ballot read more

 

 

 

 

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

France grinds to halt in the biggest strikes: ‘everyone is on the streets’ see more on YouTube/Guardian

#FreeRioWijaya: Indonesian trade unionist jailed for union safety activities read more

 

 

 

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