Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 27 March, 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, which laboured tirelessly in their free time to gather the support needed.

“I know that Max, Jawad and Steve wish to acknowledge the overwhelming backing they have received and extend their heartfelt thanks to all their supporters.

“It is, however, a concern that, despite their reinstatement, the university is continuing with a disciplinary process for the three when none of them has done anything wrong and there is clearly no case to answer.

“All three will therefore continue to receive robust support until they are no longer threatened with censure.”

Post Office workers strike

Post Office counter staff will strike on Sunday 31 March.

The strike was endorsed by an 88% majority in a ballot, and could see 4,000 workers at 373 Crown Post Office sites across the country walk out.

The strike is attempting to halt the closure or franchising of 76 Crown offices, as well as securing a pay increase for staff whose pay has been frozen since April 2011.

BBC workers' anti-cuts strike

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and broadcasting union BECTU at the BBC will strike on Thursday 28 March.

The strike is the latest action in an ongoing campaign against a cuts plan which unions say will put 2,000 jobs at risk.

Unions also want a change to management culture.

Workers say bullying and harassment of staff has increased as workloads have gone up.

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