Trade union news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 29 July, 2010 - 11:25

Northants County UNISON called a meeting against the cuts on Thursday 22 July.

This meeting was one of six such countywide meetings in response to a regrading exercise conducted by Northants County Council which has resulted in hundreds of low paid council workers being downgraded and facing significant pay cuts.

Northants County Council have used the Single Status Agreement, which is supposed to raise the pay of mainly women workers who have been victims of pay discrimination, to actually slash the wages of low paid workers, many of whom are women.

Unison are now looking at the legalities of the pay cuts and strike action is now being mooted.

Harwich port strike

RMT members at Harwich International Port are set to begin a series of non-consecutive industrial actions over pay and conditions this week.

Two strike dates have been set so far with port operatives and support staff walking out for 24 hours from 6pm Thursday 29 July and again one week later from 6pm Tuesday 10 August.

The strike will involve more than 100 dockers and will affect services to Holland and Denmark.

RMT members at Harwich were hit by a pay freeze last year and have been made what Bob Crow described as “a totally unacceptable offer” this year.

Health and safety campaign

The Hazards Campaign has launched a national “We didn't vote to die at work” campaign.

The campaign says, “We need to fight against: the deregulation of health and safety law; the misrepresentation of health and safety as silly, unnecessary, red tape instead of our human right... ‘We didn’t vote to die at work’ posters have proved very popular.”

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