Health & safety

Cleaners organise and strike

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 12:04 Author: Gemma Short
MoJ Strike

Cleaners at the Ministry of Justice and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council (RBKC) will strike on 7, 8 and 9 August over pay and unfair working conditions.

The cleaners at the Ministry of Justice are contracted by outsourced cleaning company OCS, and those at RBKC are employed by Amey.

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Mixed outlook in DOO strikes

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 11:25 Author: a train driver

RMT members are currently voting on a proposed settlement of their Driver-Only-Operation dispute at Greater Anglia that would see a second safety-critical member of staff (i.e. a conductor or guard) on all trains that currently run with one, with some of the operation of the train doors passing to the driver.

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Precarious workers May Day
Precarious workers May Day
SJWWed, 09/05/2018 - 12:50

On May Day, a coalition of unions and campaigns, each organising precarious workers, came together to celebrate and take action.

Bringing together workers from BECTU, United Voices of the World (UVW), Independent Workers union of Great Britain (IWGB), the Bakers’ Union and Unite, as well as campaigners and activists from Women’s Strike, Labour Campaign for Free Movement, Workers’ Liberty, Another Europe is Possible, and Plan C, among others, the bloc coalesced around four demands:

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Glasgow arena workers’ lifting strike

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:17 Author: Ann Field

Members of Unite the Union working in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena were on strike again last Saturday and Sunday (28-29 April) as part of a long-running dispute over additional payments for “heavy lifting duties”.

The Unite members are employed by Glasgow Life, one of multiple “arms-length companies” set up by Glasgow City Council when it was controlled by Labour. The extra payments are for setting up and de-rigging equipment before major sporting events at the Emirates.

Unite imposed an overtime ban last November, followed by a four-day strike in December.

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Wildcat strike for safety

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:26 Author: Gemma Short

Workers at the Orion recycling plant in east London took part in a wildcat strike on Wednesday 28 March to protest dangerous and inhumane working conditions.

The workers, all migrants from Peru, joined the United Voices of the World (UVW) union just the day before after contacting the union with videos of their working conditions which showed thick clouds of dust and workers without adequate protection.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 14/02/2018 - 13:47

As previously reported in Solidarity (461, 7 February), the Communication Workers′ Union Postal Executive has endorsed the agreement reached between CWU negotiators and Royal Mail, which will now be put to a vote of the membership.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 31/01/2018 - 13:29

Lecturers strike over pensions

Staff at 61 universities have voted to strike in a dispute over pensions, beginning on 22 February.

University bosses want to remove guaranteed pension provision, in favour of a “defined contribution” scheme where the eventual pay-out is dependent on performance of investments. Staff face losing up to £200,000 over the course of retirement.

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An open letter to ASLEF drivers

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 12:43

As strikes by train guards in the RMT union against the imposition of “Driver Only Operation” continue, the role of drivers, most of whom are in the Aslef union, is thrown into sharper and sharper relief.

On MerseyRail, activists have organised magnificent solidarity which has led to Aslef drivers refusing en masse to refuse to cross RMT picket lines. On other companies the picture is less positive.

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DOO strikes escalate
DOO picket
SJWTue, 16/01/2018 - 20:18

RMT guards on Merseyrail, Northern, Greater Anglia, South Western and Southern Train Operating Companies struck on 8, 10, and 12 January, as the fight against Driver Only Operation escalates.

Guards on Northern were very solid again, and Merseyrail workers kept up their usual high standard of solidarity with the vast majority of guards supporting the strike, as well as almost all drivers, who are members of Aslef. Elsewhere the support seems to have been patchier, for example on South Western where the urban depots are solid but the outlying depots are reportedly less so.

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DOO strikes escalate and more drivers refuse to cross picket lines

Submitted by Gemma_S on 8 January, 2018 - 12:54 Author: By a rail worker
Rail workers at Liverpool on strike

RMT guards on Northern, Merseyrail, Greater Anglia and South West Railways trains will strike on 8, 10 and 12 January, with Southern members also joining the action on 8 January.

This represents a necessary escalation in the fight against DOO, and will cause disruption to trains for most of the first proper working week of 2018.

With the escalation have come some other developments - by choosing a Monday, Wednesday and Friday the union has ensured that 3 days of action span a full working week but only hit strikers for a maximum of 2 days pay each.

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