20 December 2012
Tories out to break our unions
Eric Pickles has announced that he wants to scrap facility time for trade union representatives in the public sector. This is a major move to undermine trade union organisation.
Meanwhile the Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson has announced plans to cut the consultation period for redundancies from 90 days to 45.
These moves come days after Education Minister Michael Gove encouraged headteachers to cut the pay of teachers involved in industrial action.
It is clear that the Tories are preparing for major battles with our unions and ordinary trade union members. In the new year we will need to fight for solidarity for every strike and build the pressure on the TUC to turn words into action over the proposal for a General Strike.
Isle of Man Bus strike
Bus drivers on the Isle of Man – employed by government-owned Bus Vannin – began a 3 day strike today (Thursday 20 December), after talks broke down.
The bus drivers, numbering about 100 – members of Unite, the largest union in the country – have been involved in a long-running dispute over the Manx government’s attempts to slash drivers’ wages by up to £3,000-a-year.
Tyne & Wear Metro
RMT cleaners working for Churchill’s on the Tyne and Wear Metro will take 72 hours of strike action from Sunday 23rd December in their battle for pay and workplace justice
Following a 100% vote for action in a ballot for industrial action over Network Rail’s unacceptable plans to halve the number of Shift Signaller Managers working at West Hampstead, RMT members are taking strike action between 07:00 hours on Wednesday 19th December and 06:59 hours on Friday 21st December 2012.
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that signallers in the Stirling area will be on strike this weekend and Christmas Eve in a long-running dispute over rosters as the union takes steps to broaden the campaign in light of the flagrant violation of existing rostering agreements by Network Rail.
Aslef to strike on Boxing Day
ASLEF members working for London Underground have turned in a vote of over 90% for industrial action. The union’s executive has advised LUL management that its members will withdraw their labour on
- 26 December
- 18 January and
- 25 January.