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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 October 2012
Workplace news in brief
Lorry drivers' strike
Workers at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster are on a 48-hour strike from 9 October. The workers were transferred to Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) in August and then on 5 September they were issued with 90-day notices of termination of employment.
The drivers voted by 90% to strike and for action short of a strike.
Workers at Amnesty International UK are striking on 10 October in a battle over management's cost-cutting programme.
Staff have agreed to a pay freeze but management still wants to cut £2.5 million. Their union Unite is demanding meaningful negotiations over management's plans.
Lecturers organised in the University and College Union (UCU) are set to take strike action at the University of East London (UEL). The strike is over attacks on working conditions.
UEL management are trying to increase the lecturers' already over-stretched workload.
Management also want to strip the lecturers of their right of appeal if they have been bullied or want to challenge unfair workloads.
This isn't the only attack that lecturers are facing. As we reported last week, many PhD students are being used as cheap labour to drive down teaching costs.
UEL is now charging new students the Con-Dems' £9,000 a year tuition fees.
But this doesn't mean extra funding for staff and students at UEL.
Socialist Students supports the strike by lecturers at UEL.
Despite what university management will say, the lecturers' strike is defending students and defending education.
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In The Socialist 10 October 2012:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tories promise more pain... Kick out the 'nasty party'!
Labour Party conference - not fighting austerity
Arguing the case for a 24-hour general strike
Birmingham Tory conference demo
'Millions crying out for leadership and for an alternative'
Anti-austerity candidates selected for November contests
No welfare cuts
Health workers must fight attacks on jobs and pay
Politicians line up to attack abortion rights
The hidden homeless - "Sofa surfing is my lot"
Them & Us
Send the transport privatisers packing
International socialist news and analysis
Venezuela presidential election
Greece: escalating the action against austerity
South Africa: 'What are we doing about this government that is killing us?'
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Why we're marching on 20 October
More success for Socialist Students
Save East Midlands ambulances
Campaign Kazakhstan: A musical and political evening
Youth Fight for Jobs and Education fortnight of action 13-27 October
Dewsbury fights health service cuts
Waltham Forest: Parents and staff unite against school sell-off
Sunderland anti-fascists stand up against divisive EDL
Socialist Party workplace news
South Wales bus workers receive strong support for strike
Fighting the construction industry blacklist
Workplace nurseries saved in HMRC
Leeds solidarity with Crossrail battle
Mid Yorkshire Health admin staff ballot for strike
Bin workers' strike threat
Workplace news in brief
TV review : Masters of Money - Karl Marx
Marx was right!
The Socialist 10 October 2012 |
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