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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 September 2019
Workplace news in brief
Pilots ground BA flights over pay
British Airways check-in during cabin crew strike, photo Jules Mattsson
BA pilots took strike action on 9-10 September and have named 27 September for another strike day following management's failure to improve its offer of an 11.3% pay rise spread over three years.
This offer was decisively rejected by 93% of pilots on a turnout of 90% organised by the Balpa union and demonstrates the high level of discontent not only over pay but also over working terms and conditions.
Meanwhile UK-based pilots at Ryanair will be out on a third round of strikes between 18-29 September, again over pay and conditions. These strikes follow the refusal of Ryanair to seriously negotiate and the company's rejection to taking the issues to arbitration. Planned action in Ireland was called off after Ryanair blocked it by obtaining a court injunction.
Around 1,600 GMB union members at two Wilko distribution centres in Magor, Wales and Worksop, Nottinghamshire, are expecting to strike - although no dates have yet been set.
The GMB said: "More than 84% of votes were cast for strike action. It's clear how angry workers are about this brutal new rota system.
"Wilko prides itself on being a family-run company - but they're imposing contracts that will force staff to work on the weekends, splitting up family time, without the agreement of their employees.
DVSA strike downs IT
PCS members' continuing month-long strike over working practices and restructures at Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in Nottingham and Swansea is impacting on the agency's IT systems.
According to the trade magazine MotorTransport, "Hundreds of HGV drivers are in danger of driving illegally after technical problems at DVSA prevented drivers' training records from being uploaded ahead of the Driver CPC deadline, which kicks in at midnight today (9 September 2019)."
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In The Socialist 11 September 2019:
International socialist news and analysis
Far right makes gains in Germany
South Africa: Xenophobic violence - a product of failed capitalist policies
West Papuans demand self-determination in London
What we think
Tories in tatters: Corbyn must seize the time
Capitalist 'democracy' v socialist democracy
TUC: Lost opportunity to organise a united struggle
NSSN lobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories
Fighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing
End austerity in the civil service: General election now
PCS strike at BEIS: "The life we live is not liveable"
Unions must fight to make bus drivers and passengers safe
Asda workers protest against worse contract
UCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Students and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change
Tory meltdown - Organise to finish them off
Another London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!
Leeds pensioners occupy BBC to save free TV licenses
Frimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation
Leicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen
Salisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners
Socialist newspaper sales round-up
Coventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge
Climate strikes: trade union round-up
Scotland and Brexit: Developing threat to the capitalist union
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