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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 January 2011
Workplace news in brief
Rail union RMT has demanded an end to the cuts programme being forced through by London Underground. The union has exposed plans by tube management to allow more than 30% of tube stations to be unstaffed during operational hours. This is in contradiction to London Mayor Boris Johnson's promise that no station would be unstaffed during passenger hours. At the same time, tube fares have gone up by nearly 7%.
Bin workers in Birmingham are due to strike on 13-14 January in a dispute over an attempt to cut their pay by up to £4,000 a year. Their strike on 20 December was successful as is their current work-to-rule.
But the council has retaliated by removing facility time for trade union reps and attempting to deduct more wages on the pretext of the work to rule. They are also trying to use poorly trained and equipped scabs.
Workers at the Heinz factory in Wigan were striking on 11 January, after voting to reject the company's latest pay offer.
Over 65% of the 1,200 workers voted to reject the 3.5% offer and so went on strike for the fourth day. Talks are proceeding at ACAS.
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In The Socialist 12 January 2011:
Bankers get billions - We get cuts
Youth fight for jobs
March for a future - Join the demonstrations on 29 January
More attacks on rights for young workers
Axe falls on courses at UWIC
Students at Leeds Trinity re-occupy
International socialist news and analysis
Tunisia: Wave of protests against repressive regime
National Shop Stewards Network
Rage at inequality fires workers' action
NSSN National: Anti-Cuts Conference
NSSN debate: The way forward for the anti-cuts movement
National Shop Stewards Network: Strategy and tactics - a dialogue
Labour baroness wants politics kept out of the Forest of Dean
Fighting Labour's cuts in Waltham Forest
Socialist Party news and analysis
Jobs cut while the rich carry on partying
The plot thickens at News International
'Big Oil' cuts corners on safety to boost profits
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Councils ramp up service charges
Campaigners tell PM: 'No to Royal Mail privatisation'
Police moles attempt to discredit protest movements
Socialist Party workplace news
Unison rejects NHS pay freeze
Kirklees council: First round victory in cuts battle
Darlington: Newsquest strikes continue to spread
Rotherham teachers strike
Workplace news in brief
The Socialist 12 January 2011 |
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