Industrial news in brief

Published on: Wed, 08/05/2013 - 18:08

Teachers at Bishop Challoner school in East London are balloting for strikes against management bullying.

Union activists say that the atmosphere in the workplace has become so bad that many of the school’s most experienced and longest-serving teachers are considering leaving.
Since the appointment of a new head three years ago, and subsequent management restructure which replaced the old senior management with new managers loyal to the head, and with no ties to the staff, workload and stress has steadily increased.
Members of staff spoke to Solidarity and told us about a litany of smaller and

Royal Mail sold off in 2014

Published on: Wed, 08/05/2013 - 17:02

The government plans to sell off Royal Mail, in what will be the largest privatisation since British Gas 26 years ago.

Labour MPs have branded the proposals “desperate”. The government hopes to raise £3 billion from the sale, with some Labour figures suggesting it is a quick-fix attempt to claw back some of a £245 billion overspend in government borrowing.
10% of Royal Mail shares will be distributed to employees. It is not clear whether they will be given the shares for free or have to pay. The rest may be sold off on the open share market or as a lump to a big company.
The Communication

Communication Workers Union meets

Published on: Tue, 30/04/2013 - 12:06

At this year's Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference (21-25 April), the union voted to reaffirm previous policy on calling a general strike, and numerous motions that supported those affected by government cuts in welfare and public spending.

A motion calling for support for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) was overwhelmingly rejected. Conference agreed to spend more money on getting the Labour Party re-elected in 2015 and agreed a series of demands to take into the Labour Party policy processes, including strengthening rights to take industrial action and improvements in

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Tue, 23/04/2013 - 11:01

Bromley council workers blackmailed

Tory-controlled Bromley council has threatened to sack workers unless they agree to new, worse, contracts, imposed without consultation. As Solidarity went to press, Unite was reporting that up to 500 workers had not met the council’s 23 April deadline for accepting the new contracts and therefore faced the sack.

A union statement said: “While the majority of the workforce has accepted the new local contracts under duress, more than 500 workers don’t want to be bullied into accepting inferior contracts which slash pay and conditions.

“The threat to sack

Post Office workers announce more strikes

Published on: Mon, 15/04/2013 - 15:48

Up to 4,000 Crown Post Office staff will strike on 19 April in an ongoing battle over closures, job cuts, and pay.

The strike will take place from 2.30pm and was called after talks between Post Office management and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) broke down.

CWU members are striking against bosses' plans to close 73 Crown Post Offices, a move which would threaten 800 jobs. They also want a pay rise, having faced a wage freeze since April 2011.

“Live life to the fullest, make a better world”

Published on: Wed, 10/04/2013 - 09:11

Mike Kyriazopoulos, a Workers’ Liberty supporter based in New Zealand/Aotearoa and active in Fightback, died on 18 January 2014 after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease. This is a letter he wrote to comrades in April 2013.

Early this year I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. It appears as though the “progress” of the disease (oddly Stalinist terminology) is quite rapid. So I wanted to thank all of you who know me for your political guidance, solidarity, friendship and love over the years.

I first came across the AWL at York University Labour Club. But I realised the group was

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Wed, 27/03/2013 - 11:00

All three trade union activists at London Metropolitan University suspended by management have now been reinstated.

Steve Jefferys, Max Watson, and Jawad Botmeh were suspended over allegations of misconduct relating to the disclosure of Jawad’s background (he has spent time in jail), but all three are now back at work. A high-profile campaign involving both Unison and the University and College Union put huge pressure on uni bosses.

Unison activist Jonathan McCree, in a letter to the Islington Tribune, said: “This is testament to the campaigners from two unions at London Met, Unison and UCU,

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Fri, 01/03/2013 - 18:06

150 people demonstrated at London Metropolitan University (LMU) in solidarity with victimised trade unionists Max Watson and Jawad Botmeh as they faced a hearing on Monday 18 February.

Max and Jawad, who are activists in Unison, are suspended from their jobs because of alleged “gross misconduct”.

A statement from the union branch said: “Thank you to all those who attended the lobby and helped to publicise it and build support. The huge turnout sends a strong message to university management that we will not tolerate victimisation and intimidation of trade union members.”

University management

Cleaners' round-up

Published on: Tue, 08/01/2013 - 11:17

Tyne and Wear Metro cleaners struck for 72 hours on 23 December, and London Underground cleaners struck on 31 December and 1 January, as part of ongoing battles for living wages and equality with directly-employed colleagues.

Tyne and Wear Metro workers set up a soup kitchen in Newcastle city centre to highlight the poverty conditions into which low pay is forcing them.

The Industrial Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) won a victory on 28 December, when cleaning contractor CCM agreed to pay the London Living Wage to workers cleaning the Exchange Tower near Canary Wharf. IWGB is also continuing

Industrial news in brief

Published on: Tue, 11/12/2012 - 12:11

Tesco drivers' strike

Lorry drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster, south Yorkshire, have struck against a management plan that could cost 183 jobs.

The workers, who are employed by haulage firm Eddie Stobart Ltd., recently rejected a management offer to increase their redundancy pay. Unite officer Adrian Jones said that the offer "was designed to get them out the door and not to maintain employment."

For more info, see the drivers' campaign page on Facebook here.

Postal workers' boycott threat

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced plans to hold a consultative

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