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Workers are resisting the assault on society - it is they who have the solutions

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From the end of furlough, the rising cost of living such as utility prices, or the attacks on Universal Credit and pensions, workers are resisting an all-round assault on society at this time. The resistance in the workers' movement is reflected in the increasing and impending actions over recent months, but as is usual, this is receiving little coverage in the official and monopoly-controlled media. Workers' voices must be heard; who knows better than the workers what are the solutions to their problems? Certainly, the cartel parties have no solutions. To smash the silence on the conditions of work and life, and the developing resistance, we are giving prominence to these struggles of the workers and bringing out the solutions to the movement that workers are formulating from their own experience. For your information, the Workers' Forumcolumn of Workers' Weekly Internet Edition is listing below various significant actions that have been taking place over the past tw o months. We also encourage readers to keep up to speed with developments on the Workers' Daily News Feed.

Education unions call for additional safety measures in schools

Five education unions have written to the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, asking him to urgently reconsider the reintroduction of additional safety measures in schools, given the rising rates of Covid infection and absence among school students.

The five unions - GMB, NASUWT, NEU, UNISON and UNITE - will also be writing to all local authorities and directors of public health asking them to consider measures in their local areas.

Unison, October 9, 2021
https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2021/10/education-unions-call-for-additional-safety-measures-in-schools/

Win! Derbyshire refuse workers secure improved deal after strike threat

The GMB has welcomed the decision by Norse Group management to agree to a fair deal for refuse workers in the Amber Valley area of Derbyshire.

The move comes after weeks of campaigning by members at the company, who recently voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a ballot of GMB members. The deal will see a package of improvements to conditions at the company, as well as a pay deal in line with inflation.

Union News, October 8, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/win-derbyshire-refuse-workers-secure-improved-deal-after-strike-threat/

Stagecoach drivers in Scotland vote for COP26 strike

Stagecoach drivers in Scotland have voted for strike action over pay during the COP26 summit.

The Unite members, employed by Stagecoach East in Fife, have backed action in Perth (91% on a 78% turnout), Fife (93.4% on a 74.4% turnout) and Strathtay (93.2% on a 67% turnout).

The workers involved in the dispute are drivers, engineering staff, administrative workers, and cleaners. Any industrial action, it is anticipated, would involve disruption to the COP26 climate change conference being held in Glasgow between October 31 and November 21.

Union News, October 8, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/stagecoach-drivers-in-scotland-vote-for-cop26-strike/

National bus strikes

RMT has served notice for strike action on Stagecoach buses on Stagecoach South West, Stagecoach East Midlands and Stagecoach Derbyshire/Yorkshire as part of the national fight for pay justice for bus workers.

RMT, October 1, 2021
https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-confirms-strikes-on-stagecoach-buses/

Stagecoach East workers in Fife, Perth and Strathtay 'emphatically' reject latest pay offer.

Unite, October 8, 2021
https://unitelive.org/scotland-stagecoach-east-workers-reject-pay-offer/

Lancashire bus strikes suspended as new pay offer on the table

Unite, October 8, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/october/lancashire-bus-strikes-suspended-as-new-pay-offer-on-the-table/

Unite announce Abellio Scotrail strike action days in response to 'reckless' management.

Unite, October 4, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/october/unite-announce-abellio-scotrail-strike-action-days-in-response-to-reckless-management/

Arriva Drivers Ballot for Strike Action over Pay.

Unite, October 4, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/october/arriva-drivers-ballot-for-strike-action-over-pay/

GMB and Unite local government members reject "insulting" pay offer

GMB and Unite's local government members have voted to reject the Local Government Association's 1.75% pay offer.

GMB members voted by 75% to turn down the offer, while 81% of Unite members did the same. UNISON members on Monday voted by 79% to reject the LGA offer.

Union News, October 7, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/gmb-and-unite-local-government-members-reject-insulting-pay-offer/

FBU warns cuts mean firefighters "might not be able to fight all fires"

The FBU has warned a decade of austerity cuts to firefighters means "there is a real threat that fire and rescue services may not be able to deal with every incident, and fight all fires".

Union News, October 7, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/fbu-warns-cuts-mean-firefighters-might-not-be-able-to-fight-all-fires/

Unite announces pay strike at Dundee University

Unite members at the University of Dundee are to take strike action over pay.

The university workers voted by 78% to back strike action on a 67% turnout. They will strike from October 25.

The University of Dundee propose to replace the existing Defined Benefit Pension Scheme with a Defined Contribution Pension Scheme for those on the lowest grades (i.e., grades 1-6). Workers in grades 7 and above will have their pensions protected through the existing UK wide Superannuation Scheme, which has a Defined Benefits element.

Union News, October 7, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/unite-announces-pay-strike-at-dundee-university/

PCS to ballot members at DVLA as COVID concerns rise

PCS is to ballot DVLA members for strike action over the ongoing health and safety dispute.

Ministers have already undone two deals to date and refuse to admit there are health and safety issues left to address. COVID cases among DVLA staff have risen rapidly since mid-August and, with DVLA planning to again increase numbers on site, our members are once again left fearing for their health and safety as we enter autumn.

Union News, October 6, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/pcs-to-ballot-members-at-dvla-as-covid-concerns-rise/

G4S Cash workers balloted for pay strike

GMB is to ballot more than 1,100 G4S Cash members for strike action over a real terms pay cut.

Workers are angry after the company offered a pay increase of just 2.5%, well below the current inflation rate of 4.8% RPI

G4S Cash refused to meet GMB's demand for a 7.5% pay increase, reinstatement of an overtime rate when they work more than 39 hours a week and night payment rates to be paid between 10pm and 6am. The ballot will begin on October 11 and end on November 1.

Union News, October 6, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/g4s-cash-workers-balloted-for-pay-strike/

Lewisham leisure centre workers vote for pay strike

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Unite members working at five leisure centres in Lewisham have voted 94% in favour of strike action over pay.

The workers, employed by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) at five leisure centres, have given bosses "a reasonable timeframe" to sort out the issues, including failure to pay wages owed and redundancy enhancements.

Union News, October 6, 2021
https://www.union-news.co.uk/lewisham-leisure-centre-workers-vote-for-pay-strike/

This situation is not acceptable. Royal Parks strikers stand strong

Outsourced Royal Parks cleaners and attendants on strike are determined to keep fighting against unfair, racist conditions. Cleaners and attendants of the Royal Parks in London, employed by Just Ask Services, remain defiant in their strike action.

Counterfire, October 5, 2021
https://www.counterfire.org/news/22659-this-situation-is-not-acceptable-royal-parks-strikers-stand-strong

NEU launches Value Education, Value Educators campaign

The National Education Union (NEU) is today launching its Value Education, Value Educators campaign.

The pandemic has proved just how valuable schools are to children, young people, and society.

During the last year, education staff have created innovative ways to support learning, keep students connected and nurture those who need extra care.

The pandemic has caused huge damage to children and young people's learning. The costs of Covid-19 have been borne by schools and colleges, class sizes are ever increasing, child poverty is on the rise and our curriculum and assessment systems are not meeting children's needs.

NEU, October 5, 2021
https://neu.org.uk/press-releases/neu-value-education-value-educators-campaign

Red light for Uber, strikers step up fight for justice

As the red carpet was rolled out for Uber boss, Jamie Heywood, at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, the ADCU rolled out the pickets and protests for a 24-hour national strike on Tuesday this week.

The strike hit every major city, receiving solid support across London, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The strike revolves around three essential demands. Firstly, scrap fixed pricing and increase the mileage rate, to a £2 per-mile base fee, combined with a drop in the commission rate from 25% to 15%. Secondly, end unfair dismissals (Robo-firings) and ensure that Uber complies with the UK Supreme Court ruling (which classed Uber drivers as workers and not self-employed). Thirdly, pay drivers for their true working time from log-on to log-off, and not from dispatch to drop, which means Uber drivers remain unpaid for waiting time, which makes up 40% of total working time.

Counterfire, September 29, 2021
https://www.counterfire.org/news/22646-red-light-for-uber-strikers-step-up-fight-for-justice

Unite vows to tackle NG Bailey union busting at Aldermaston Weapons Establishment

Unite, the construction union, has vowed to tackle and stamp out attempts by contractor NG Bailey to union bust on the Mensa project at the Aldermaston Weapons establishment, in Berkshire.

Problems began on the project late on Friday 17 September, when five workers, including four members of Unite, one of whom was a health and safety representative, were informed that they had to leave the site immediately. No reason for this removal has been provided.

There then followed a walkout of the workforce on Monday 20 September in support of the affected workers.

Unite, September 24, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/september/unite-vows-to-tackle-ng-bailey-union-busting-at-aldermarston-weapons-establishment/

Workers at Military Bases on the Clyde Fight for their Rights to Health and Safety Security

Capita employees, at Clyde's naval bases, have started a continuous overtime ban in a dispute over arbitrary cuts to fire and rescue crew levels, and a lack of consultation.

As is their tradition, Clyde workers in Scotland are organising knowing that their security lies in the fight for the rights of all and it is only them that can do this on behalf of all users of the base.

September 17, 2001

Construction facing cement shortages as Castle Cement drivers ballot for strike action

The construction industry will face severe cement shortages this autumn, if lorry drivers employed by Hanson, on the Castle Cement contract, vote for strike action in a dispute over pay.

Unite, September 6, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/september/construction-facing-cement-shortages-as-castle-cement-drivers-ballot-for-strike-action/

Delivery disruption to 1,500 convenience stores in London and south east on cards as Thamesmead drivers vote to strike

The threat of severe disruption to deliveries to more than 1,500 convenience stores in London and the south east has moved a step closer after 40 drivers, employed by Booker Retail Partners at its Thamesmead site, voted unanimously for strike action.

Unite, September 6, 2021
https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/september/delivery-disruption-to-1-500-convenience-stores-in-london-and-south-east-on-cards-as-thamesmead-drivers-vote-to-strike/

Unite Activists Protest in Fight for Motorway Workers' Sick Pay

On Wednesday, August 18, Unite activists held a protest in support of key workers employed by construction company Kier, who keep the South East's motorway network operational. The protest was held at the company's offices over the refusal to pay sick pay to the key workers.

NSSN, August 24, 2021
https://shopstewards.net/2021/08/nssn-549-unite-activists-protest-in-fight-for-motorway-workers-sick-pay/

Dray Drivers Prepare for Strike Action as More Workers Demand a Bigger Claim on the Product

Around 1,000 draymen, who deliver brands such as Heineken and are responsible for about 40 per cent of deliveries to pubs, are to walk out in the first of two 24-hour strikes. The first 24-hour strike will start 10am on Tuesday, August 24, with the second commencing from 10am on Thursday, September 2, according to Unite. This will be accompanied by an overtime ban and work to rule starting on August 24 and continuing to Monday, November 15.

Workers' Daily News Feed, August 23, 2021
http://www.johnbucklecentre.org.uk/opensite/wdnews/news.php?xnewsaction=fullnews&newsarch=082021&newsid=6


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