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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 June 2012

Workplace news in brief


Victory at Ratcliffe

After the walkout of over 600 construction workers at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station near Nottingham, Unite health and safety rep Jason Poulter has been reinstated.

Jason was suspended by management for carrying out his health and safety duties. Workers believed this was in revenge for their success in defeating the Building Engineering Services National Agreement (Besna) which would have reduced pay and attacked terms and conditions. But the defeat of the Besna has obviously given these workers confidence to stand up to the management.

Leading stewards from Ratcliffe will be attending and speaking at the NSSN conference on 9 June.


Vote Steve Hedley

Steve Hedley, the London regional organiser of the transport union RMT, is standing for assistant general secretary of the RMT.

The ballot opened on 28 May and will last about six weeks. Any RMT member wanting to help Steve's campaign should contact him on 07545 530526.


Olympics payment

Transport union RMT has reached an agreement with London Underground over arrangements during the Olympics. Existing agreements will be protected and staff will be paid up to £1,000 in recognition of the pressures from the predicted additional three million journeys a day.

But the union is still pressing for staffing levels during the Olympics to be increased to improve safety. The RMT is arguing for a full-scale mock emergency evacuation to be carried out, especially in the light of recent breakdowns.


Boris Bike ballot

At the same time, staff working on the Boris Bikes cycle hire scheme are being balloted by the RMT for strike action and action short of a strike. The dispute is over the imposition of changes to working hours and shift patterns by the operator Serco Barclays, and their refusal to negotiate a payment for the extra work during the Olympics.

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In The Socialist 6 June 2012:


Fight the cuts!

NHS cuts... Pension cuts... RESIST CUTS!

National Shops Stewards Network

Liverpool TUSC: Standing against Labour's cuts

Tory leader chauffeur driven while slashing services

Children still getting raw deal


Socialist Party news and analysis

Energy bill puts profits before the planet

Andy Coulson charged with lying

Youth unemployment sky-rocketing

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Syria: Is there a way to avoid a bloody civil war?

Ireland: Austerity Treaty


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fighting cuts and sexism at Newcastle's Slutwalk

Heathrow protest against warmonger Rajapaksa

We won't be a lost generation - Fight for jobs and education!

Campaigning for EMA and youth services

Disabled people's organisations condemn views of Tory minister IDS

A royal debate in Lincoln


Socialist Party workplace news

DVLA workers strike to defend services

Solid strikes show that Veolia privatisation is rubbish

Support Churchill cleaners on Tyne & Wear Metro

Leeds university Unison - Save our pensions!

Privateers not welcome at Sussex University

Workplace news in brief


Reviews and comments

Britain's hidden homeless

Why I joined the Socialist Party


 

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