Strikes and lock-outs

Industrial news in brief

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Justine Canady, UCLU Women’s Officer-elect (personal capacity), Simon Nelson and Luke Hardy

UCL Student Union’s senior management have agreed cuts in the region of 90k to the cleaning budget. Secura Clean, the company contracted to carry out UCLU cleaning, have promised there will be no redundancies. However, hours will be drastically cut, meaning that some cleaners possibly losing one-third of their hours.

Student union cuts cleaners’ hours; sacked for using holy water?; Picturehouse strikes spread to six cinemas; teachers say: “not our deficit!”; sacked for organising.

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DOO strikes spread

On Monday 13 March, RMT guards and drivers on Southern Railways struck and were joined for the first time by RMT guards and drivers on Northern and Merseyrail. RMT continues its fight against the extension of driver-only operation on Southern, while the leadership of drivers’ union Aslef seems desperate to surrender.

On Monday 13 March, RMT guards and drivers on Southern Railways struck and were joined for the first time by RMT guards and drivers on Northern and Merseyrail.

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Strategy needed to convince

By a rail worker

A ballot of 7,000 Network Rail workers by the RMT union has gone in favour of industrial action.

The result was 58% in favour (2,947) and 42% against (2,246). However, the RMT was forced to admit that only a very narrow majority of the signalling workers - they key section involved - voted for action.

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Strike ballot on the Tube

By a tubeworker

The rail and tubeworkers' union RMT is in the process of balloting its members for strike action following the collapse of talks on pay and conditions within London Underground and Metronet. All three unions - RMT, ASLEF and (white collar staff) TSSA - have walked out of discussions. Only RMT is balloting its members.

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Birmingham Bagmakers: Striking for some dignity

Workers at Euro Packaging in Birmingham, which makes paper bags, have been on strike against redundancies and for a 37.5 hour week. The workers are members of the Graphical, Paper and Media Union. The employers are notorious for bad pay and conditions (some workers, say the union, work up to 80 hours a week and most are on minimum wage or just above). The GPMU was recently organised and won recognition. The employers have responded by "selecting" key organisers for redundancy.

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Nursery nurses - Back to local negotiations

Nursery Nurses across Scotland have been on all-out strike from 1 March 2004.

The basic pay for this vitally important job runs from around £10,000 for a newly qualified nursery nurse up to £13,800 after 10 years' experience. In a dispute that has been running for three years UNISON have made a claim for nursery nurses to take their pay up to £14,000-£18,000 with merit for nursery nurses working longer hours and weeks. They also want a career structure for promoted staff.

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Network Rail ballot: vote "yes"!

By a an RMT member

The RMT has called a ballot for industrial action of its 7,000 members at Network Rail. These workers include signalling, maintenance and station staff. The ballot over the closure of the final salary pension scheme, pay, and travel facilities, will run from 27 April to 17 May. It raises the prospect of the first national rail stoppage in a decade.

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National dispute over rail pay?

By a RMT member

Talks have broken down between the railworkers' Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and employers Network Rail over pay, pensions and travel facilities.

The RMT executive will meet soon to discuss a national ballot of the union's 7,000 Network Rail members, who include signalling, maintenance and station staff.

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Oxford postal workers strike against bullies and victimisation

By Mark Sandell

Extreme bullying and intimidation have led to postal workers at Oxford's mail centre walking out.

A group of part-time staff has been using threats and intimidation while clocking up massive overtime with the active support of one manager. Senior management did nothing about the situation, despite the union raising it several times in the last six months.

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Tube strike called off as Metronet agree to abide by tribunal

Rail union RMT suspended strike action by Metronet maintenance and signal workers, scheduled for 12 March.

RMT members had voted 5:1 for action in support of colleagues sacked despite the lack of evidence linking them to beer cans allegedly found in a mess room at Farringdon station.

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