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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 December 2018

Workplace news in brief

Shelter victory

Members of Unite the Union employed by housing charity Shelter have secured a victory after agreeing an improved pay offer ahead of a strike due to start on 11 December.

Workers accepted an offer of a 4% increase, four times the original 1%.

As a result of the fight and threat of industrial action, Unite the Union have recruited a further 100 members at Shelter.


Reps reinstated

Ritzy Picturehouse picket line, Brixton, 24.9.16, photo James Ivens

Ritzy Picturehouse picket line, Brixton, 24.9.16, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

Two Bectu entertainment union reps unfairly sacked by Picturehouse-owned Ritzy cinema in Brixton, London, must be returned to their former positions, an employment tribunal hearing has ruled.

The reps, who have worked at the Ritzy for a number of years, will have to be reinstated in January.

Picturehouse workers, including at the Ritzy, have taken strike action and been campaigning to be paid the official living wage in London, for fair pay rises for supervisors, managers, chefs, sound technicians and projectionists and for company sick pay for all staff. They are also demanding company pay for maternity, paternity and adoption.


Wardens walkout

Unison members in Camden, north London, working for private company NSL as traffic wardens have walked out again for 14 days until 19 December, after recently taking five days of strike action as part of their fight for decent pay.

They are asking for 11.15 an hour, an amount that Camden Unison argues is very reasonable particularly when the top director at NSL gets over 320 an hour.

For updates about the dispute and to send messages of support, contact unison@camden.gov.uk

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 12 December 2018:


What we think

Tory chaos reaches fever pitch


News

National Union of Students faces bankruptcy

Tories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS

Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

Corbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

Worldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years

Interserve debts

Universal Credit Christmas misery


Workplace news

Tommy Robinson's rich backers

Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay

Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

Workplace news in brief


France

France in revolt


John Maclean

John Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Women's Lives Matter national meeting - a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services

'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

Socialist Students LJMU victory

Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!


TUSC

New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case


Obituary

Obituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter


Christmas Quiz

The Socialist quiz of 2018


 

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