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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 September 2010
Workplace news in brief
Strike threat at BBC over pensions
Members of Bectu, NUJ and Unite unions at the BBC are planning strike action on 5-6 October and 19-20 October. These coincide with the Tory Party conference and the public sector spending review.
This is because of the BBC's attempt to cut the pensions of 19,000 staff whilst paying the 15 most senior executives £4.76 million last year. Director general Mark Thompson has already made some concessions on this, following a majority for action in the strike ballot. These resulted in plans to strike during the Lib Dem conference being called off.
There will be a ten-day period of consultation with staff from 20 September before the unions meet together on 1 October to approve strike action.
Hastings demo against management attacks
Civil service union PCS branch secretary Sam Buckley is the fifth union officer at the Child Support Agency office in Hastings to be sacked on trumped-up charges since 2007.
PCS, backed by Hastings trades council, have called a demonstration and rally for Saturday 18 September. Assemble 1pm, at Hastings Pier.
Postal workers say no to closure
At a meeting in Stevenage last week over 70 postal workers met to hear from their branch officials, their regional representative and the secretary of Stevenage TUC. The issue was the threatened closure of the sorting offices in Stevenage, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.
All the work and jobs are due to go to Hemel Hempstead, only delivery would remain.
The meeting decided to launch a campaign including petitioning and having a march and rally in the town in six weeks time. It was clear the mood was 'enough is enough, we have to make a stand'. With that spirit the bosses will have their hands full in the coming months.
Stevenage TUC will discuss at its next meeting how to support the CWU.
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In The Socialist 15 September 2010:
Join the fight against cuts
Socialist Party editorial
Decisive action can defeat this government
TUC backs youth jobs demo
TUC told to name the day
TUC: Build for action against cuts
Socialist Party youth and students
Stop the 'slippery slope' to two-tier education
How will the Browne Review into university funding affect you?
Student strikes can win results
Feature: Socialist Party women
Women and the struggle against oppression
Socialist Party news and analysis
Royal Mail: Con-Demned to history?
Privatisation's giant wrecking ball
Fight the jobs cuts massacre
Middlesborough local union-led public services alliance set up
General strike in France
Osborne targets the needy
Labour councillors challenged in Hastings
Shropshire: showing socialist alternative gets results
Socialist Party workplace news
London Underground: Action biting against job cuts
UCU executive pulls out of strike ballot
Fight for jobs at GSK
Workplace news in brief
Mood of defiance in Huddersfield
Hull park rangers protest
How do we vote to stop the cuts?
Nottinghamshire: Campaign saves vital service
Lobbies warn councils of workers' action
Socialism 2010: How can we save the environment?
International socialist news and analysis
All-India general strike: Eyewitness report from Chennai
Fighting oppression in Kazakhstan
Socialist Party review
The Third Man
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