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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2015
Workplace news in brief
On 2 September Unite members working for EDF Energy took the first day of strike action in what is becoming an increasingly bitter dispute. The strikers included meter readers, meter fixers, debt recovery officers and clerical grades in London, the South East, South West and Eastern regions. The strike came after the employer tried to force changes in working hours. It then revealed proposed pay cuts. Large numbers of workers picketed the Bexleyheath headquarters office ensuring that every worker attempting to cross the picket line was challenged. People wanting to enter the building had to queue, with many waiting in cars. The only disappointment of the day was that Unison members weren't also involved in the action - Unite will be raising this directly with Unison. Unite has made clear that unless the company meets its demands, strike action will be escalated.
Blue Coat staff see red
On the 3 September members of the NUT went on strike at Blue Coat Academy in Coventry in direct response to the attack on the working conditions of staff imposed by management. The strike is due to changes in performance measuring standards alongside additional significant changes being made with no consultation. Teachers only found out via the school's website! Further strike action is planned on 10 September.
- More at coventrysocialists.com
Camden parking strike
Camden's Parking Officers took strike action on 7 September in response to what pickets described as a "completely useless" latest pay offer from NSL services group. The strike is having an effect but NSL are using delaying tactics to help them manage strike-breaking. The workers and local Unison branch are planning another five days of action.
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In The Socialist 9 September 2015:
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Huge support for Corbyn: now build austerity fightback
Solidarity with refugees - Defend the right to asylum
125,000 renters abused by idle parasite landlords
Heartless Tories chop funds for life-extending cancer drugs
Tories allow bosses to keep exploiting workers at below the minimum wage
Them & Us
Bromyard Community Hospital victory
International socialist news and analysis
Cuba at a crossroads
International news in brief
Socialist Party features
How students can fight debt, cuts and sell-offs
Children suffer as the cuts deepen
Workplace news and analysis
Lobby the trade union leaders this Sunday!
Nominate a fighting socialist for Unison general secretary
Most important TUC Congress for decades
Pizza express tips victory
Buses fightback works in Sheffield
Great support for bus strike
Workplace news in brief
Fight against blacklisting in Liverpool
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Film Review: Stonewall
Why I joined the Socialist Party
"NHS saved my life"
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