Trade union news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 10 December, 2009 - 12:52

Following two 24 hour strikes, cleaners who work on Eurostar trains and for Carlisle Cleaners have won
• a 6% pay increase effective next year and another increase totalling nearly 10% over 13 months.

• an agreement that the London Living Wage would be a benchmark for future pay agreements.

• an agreement on bullying and harassment of staff, a mitigation of the redundancy programme, and to discuss pensions and sick pay in the next round.

On 23 November Leeds Streetscene (refuse) workers voted to accept the council's latest offer and go back to work after a 12 week-long strike.

The vast majority (but not all) of the workers' pay will not be cut at all. Some will gain under the terms of the deal. However the deal includes promises on "productivity" levels — likely to cause further struggles down the line. As will the council's plan to privatise Streetscene services.

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