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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2015

Workplace news in brief

EDF con

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.

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:


Socialist Party news and analysis

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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