Strikes and lock-outs

Industrial news in brief

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Dale Street, Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and David Ball

CCTV workers employed by Glasgow Community Safety – a Glasgow City Council Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) – are back at work having won a 24% pay rise after twelve strike days over six weeks. The 19 workers, all Unison members, struck to achieve equal pay, i.e. parity of shift allowance payments, with other employees who work the same pattern of 12 hour shifts in a round-the-clock service.

Strikes hit Glasgow council; Southern Rail guards strike to keep trains safely staffed; GTR bosses use courts to scupper strike; John Roan teachers strike; Government backs down on “check-off”; Parents Defending Education campaign launched.

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Support junior doctors!

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Gerry Bates

As Solidarity goes to press on Tuesday 26 April junior doctors are starting a two-day, all-out strike with no emergency-cover.

The strike is an escalation from previous strikes by junior doctors where they have provided emergency-cover. In these strikes it will be up to hospital managements to ensure that hospitals are safe and move consultants from other duties into emergency-care roles. This will cause delays to elective procedures that consultants would otherwise have been carrying out.

The government has given its clearest sign yet that it sees the junior doctors' dispute as a fight over the future of their austerity plans.

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Listen to junior doctors, Heidi!

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Gemma Short

Instead of joining the junior doctors picket lines and backing the strike like junior doctors and Labour members have asked her to, Labour′s Shadow Health Secretary appears to have been spending her time organising a cross-party letter to Jeremy Hunt calling for a trial imposition of the contract.

Why Labour Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is wrong to propose trial run of junior doctors contract.

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Industrial news in brief

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Will Stevens, Ruth Cashman, Ollie Moore, Simon Nelson and Cath Fletcher

Thursday 14 April was the third annual #FastFoodGlobal day Of action. Workers in fast food, coffee shops and cafes across the world took part in rallies, stunts, marches and other creative actions for higher pay, better conditions and the right of unions to organise.

Fighting for fast food rights; Lambeth councillor speaks out on libraries; Tube workers striking against gentrification; thousands march to save NHS; university pay ballot.

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Next steps for junior doctors

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Pete Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee, personal capacity

You may have watched an hour of half truths and lies slander from the Secretary of State for Health in Parliament on 18 April. Here are some answers to Hunt’s slander.

Junior doctors cannot close Accident and Emergency Departments, despite what the government will have you believe.

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Kuwaiti oil workers take on the ruling elite

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Ralph Peters

By the time this paper goes to press over 13,000 oil workers in Kuwait will have been on strike for four days.

Strikes are exceedingly rare in the oil producing oligarchies of the Gulf States. The workforce, made up of mainly migrant workers, usually have appalling living conditions and no civil or trade union rights. This is the first major strike in Kuwait in many years, although the last months have seen growing activity from a number of Kuwaiti unions in tourism and from municipal workers.

13,000 oil workers have gone on strike in Kuwait.

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Telecoms workers strike against corporate greed

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Ira Berkovic

Around 40,000 workers employed by Verizon, one of America’s biggest telecommunications companies, are striking to win a decent contract.

Around 40,000 workers employed by Verizon, one of America’s biggest telecommunications companies, are striking to win a decent contract.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gareth Davenport and Peggy Carter

The UK rail industry, supported by the Department for Transport, plans to move most or all passenger trains to Driver Only Operation (DOO) — meaning trains operate with only the driver on board, no guards or other staff. This method of working is already in place across London Underground and on some parts of the main line (National Rail).

Fighting driver only operation; work conditions in the Merchant Navy; cinema workers fight back.

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Junior doctors: a fight for the NHS

Solidarity spoke to BMA activists about the junior doctors dispute.

Emma Runswick is a medical student at Manchester University. She is running in the elections for the BMA’s Council (national executive).

I think the dispute is going well. The mood among junior doctors is getting angrier. We are angry about the imposition of the contract, and about the government saying it finds the Equality Impact Assessment’s conclusions about the negative impact on women acceptable.

BMA activists speak about the junior doctors dispute.

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Peggy Carter, Hugh Duncan and Ollie Moore

Workers at museums across Wales struck over the Easter weekend as part of a two-year dispute over weekend working.

The workers, part of the PCS union, plan to strike every weekend from 9 April-1 May, at Big Pit in Blaenavon, St Fagans and the National Museum in Cardiff, the National Wool Museum in Llandysul, the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, and the Swansea Waterfront Museum.

Museums Wales: Hands off our weekends!; Sheffield bin strike over CCTV use; News from the Tube.

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