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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 January 2011

Workplace news in brief

London Underground

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%.

Birmingham bins

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.

Heinz

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:


Anti-cuts campaign

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


 

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