Sheffield library workers strike

350 library workers in Sheffield have been on all-out indefinite strike since 5 June over the council’s threat to remove enhanced pay for weekend work, breaking national conditions of service. All workers in the Council’s leisure department face the same threat, resulting in a pay cut of up to 7% for some of the lowest paid workers.

Debate & Discussion: Union Asylum Climbdown

Having read your report on UNISON conference (Solidarity 3-75) I saw it failed to mention an outcome of an issue covered by your paper on 28 April 2005. “The Race-hate election: Why don’t unions answer Tory Racists”. Your article correctly criticised the article in UNISON Labour Link News entitled, “Ten things the Tories did to you. That article included a fact that the asylum applications had increased by 45% under the Tories; this of course is not something we should consider bad i.e. something the Tories did to us, there being plenty of examples of the Tories’ attacks on us such as privatisation, not even mentioned in the article.

Ambulance dispute

National Agenda for Change profiles for ambulance workers have just been released. There has been a dispute for some time between UNISON's Ambulance sector and the management organisation, the Ambulance Service Association (ASA), over these profiles. The ASA had been unwilling to agree to the release of profiles because they did not want to fund the likely results - ambulance workers would be entitled to more money.