Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 3 July, 2013 - 9:24

Workers on council run golf courses in Brighton were due to strike on Wednesday 3 July against pay cuts of up to £4,000.

The workers are employed by Mytime Active, who manage the Hollingbury Park and Waterhall golf courses for Brighton and Hove City Council. Members of both GMB and Unison will take part in the strike, which would be the second in the dispute so far.

Meanwhile, CityClean refuse workers suspended their action on 21 June following further negotiations with the council.

They had previously struck for five days against cuts.

FE workers face job cuts

Workers at LeSoCo (Lewisham-Southwark College, an FE institution formed through the merger of the two colleges) are balloting for strikes against job cuts, with the result due on Friday 5 July.

Management plan to cut 35 jobs, and abolish science and floristry courses. Management claims the courses are undersubscribed, but both have had a higher number of applications than they did at the same point in 2012.

The University and College Union (UCU) says the proposals “leave students in limbo”, as it is not clear whether the courses will continue for currently enrolled students.

UCU members at nearby Lambeth College are also due to strike on Thursday 4 July. Workers there face nearly 100 redundancies.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students recently staged a walkout in support of their lecturers and against the cuts package of which the redundancies are part, and which will also hit ESOL provision.

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