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Industrial news in brief

Doncaster Care UK workers struck for 14 days in May in a fight against a 50% cuts in wages and massive reductions in sick pay.

A strike committee has now been formed for the 80 out of 120 rank-and-file Unison members who have refused to accept these conditions

Doncaster care workers fight on; RMT rep wins in court; Hands Off London Transport; Garden Halls strike.

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Defend Mark Harding — Defend the right to picket!

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2 June, 2014 - 08:00 to 14:00

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Hammersmith station (Hammersmith & City Line side), London

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Mark Harding, an RMT rep facing legal sanction and a possible jail sentence for allegations about his conduct on a picket line, receives his sentence on 2 June at Hammersmith Court.

If Mark is found guilty, it will set a hugely dangerous legal precedent that will undermine the right of all trade unionists to picket effectively.

Come to support Mark and defend the right to picket.

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Shahrokh Zamani on Hunger Strike

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) has reported that the imprisoned Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani, has just entered his 30th day of a hunger strike.

The agency reports that his initial 3 day strike which was made in solidarity with imprisoned and persecuted Gonabadi Dervishes was extended after being exiled to the infamous Ghezel Hesar prison, a jail notorious for abysmal conditions, torture and executions. Shahrokh was jailed in 2011 for his organising of the painters and decorating union.

Shahrokh Zamani has just entered his 30th day of hunger strike in prison.

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Ineos sacks union convenor

Unite convenor Mark Lyon was sacked by Ineos at Grangemouth last week.

His dismissal follows the resignation three months ago of another Unite convenor, Stevie Deans, after a witch-hunt based on collusion between Ineos, the police, the media and the Tories (with some assistance from people in Labour).

According to a statement issued by Unite:

“Mr Lyon’s sacking comes in the face of significant medical evidence that he is suffering from a serious stress-related illness as a result of the treatment he has endured at the hands of the company.”

Unite convenor Mark Lyon was sacked by Ineos at Grangemouth last week.

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Tube strike stalls cuts plans

Tube unions RMT and TSSA suspended a strike planned for 11-13 February, after London Underground bosses agreed some concessions in talks.

The Daily Mail reported the suspension of the action as London Underground “caving in to militants” and retreating from their plan to close all ticket offices. That the right-wing, anti-union press sees the deal as a win for the unions is certainly a positive sign!

The stakes in the Tube strike remain high.

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No victimisation of 3 Cosas workers

On 27, 28 and 29 January, outsourced workers at the University of London took strike action for equal sick pay, holidays and pensions.

They were also demanding that the employer recognise the IWGB and offer protection against job losses at the Garden Halls of residence near King’s Cross.

Despite the University claiming that the action had “minimal impact”, the strike was solid and gained strong support from students and wider activists.

On 27, 28 and 29 January, outsourced workers at the University of London took strike action for equal sick pay, holidays and pensions.

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University of London cleaners summoned to "investigation meeting" with management

Two University of London cleaners are facing possible victimisation for their involvement in the 27-29 January strikes to win equal sick pay, holidays, and pensions (part of the ongoing "3 Cosas" campaign).

In a letter signed by "cleaning services manager" Sharon Bracey (who is, somewhat obscenely, also a rep for Unison, a union with very few members amongst University of London cleaners but which retains official recognition with management), the workers are summoned to a meeting to discuss their involvement in the strike at a time when they had allegedly booked on to work.

Two University of London cleaners are facing possible victimisation for their involvement in the recent strikes to win equal sick pay, holidays, and pensions (part of the ongoing "3 Cosas" campaign).

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