Sunderland College strike ballot; Greenwich libraries strike; new NUJ chapel in Wapping

Submitted by AWL on 1 May, 2012 - 12:17

Workers at Sunderland College will be balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay. According to the University and College Union, “The college intends to cut the salaries of more than 150 lecturers by £10,000 and downgrade 70% of its teaching workforce to inferior pay grades.” The ballot closes on Friday 18 May.

Nearly 100 workers employed across 13 libraries in Greenwich have launched a series of strikes to prevent the privatisation of their workplaces. Workers struck on 27, 28 and 30 April and are due to strike again on 1 and 11 May.

The local council wants to outsource the running of the libraries to Greenwich Leisure Limited, a private company.

25 years after a bitterly-fought but ultimately unsuccessful battle against Rupert Murdoch’s union busting, the National Union of Journalists has re-established its first chapel in News International’s Wapping plant.
News International derecognised unions at Wapping following a 1986 strike that saw 6,000 print workers lose their jobs.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “We want News International journalists to know that the NUJ is on their side.”