UtR Bulletin 02.12.14

2 December 2014

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Firefighters will walk out for 24 hours in England on Tuesday 9 December

Plus: National demonstration called in Buckinghamshire on the day #ReinstateRickyMatthews (see here)

Firefighters in England today announced a further 24 hour strike to take place from 09.00 on Tuesday 9 December.

This follows the government’s decision to commence the Parliamentary procedure to implement regulations for an unfair, unaffordable and unworkable pension scheme. Continued here

FBU meeting – Wednesday 3 December
Called by London Region FBU. Supported by Greater Manchester & Merseyside FBU. Wednesday 3 December,1pm, Exmouth Arms, 1 Starcross Street, London NW1 2HR (Near Euston station).

Speakers: Paul Embery, London Region FBU secretary
Alan Chinn Shaw, Essex FBU Brigade
More details here

Protest: Austerity has failed – sack George Osborne!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Downing Street, London
Watch out Downing Street! The Osbornes are coming!
Assemble: from 5:30pm, Tuesday 2 December
Downing Street, London
More information here

Strike at Lambeth College this Thursday 4 December

Following the excellent result (83% Yes for strike action, on a 58% turnout) in the re-ballot over new contracts, Lambeth College UCU will be taking the first day of strike action next Thursday 4 December. Continued here

10 day strike to hit Defence Support Group as pay dispute escalates further

The Defence Support Group (DSG) is set to be hit by the longest strike in its history as workers at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) facility announced they would be starting a 10 day strike on 8 December in an ongoing dispute over a one per cent pay rise. Please rush messages of support to: DSGStrike@yahoo.com
More information here

Strike at Bristol food packaging firm Sharpak
Over 100 workers at the Bristol food packaging firm Sharpak are set to take part in two 24-hour strikes this week over a ‘sign or be sacked’ ultimatum forcing them to work extra hours.
The first of the 24-hour stoppages by members of Britain’s largest union, Unite starts tomorrow (Tuesday 2 December) morning at 6am, with the second running from 6am on Thursday 4 December to 6am on Friday 5 December. More here

Where Now for the UCU?
Called by ‘Liverpool UCU Network’ and University of Liverpool UCU, Saturday, 6 December

1.30-3.30.pm (1pm for registration and lunch)
The Quaker Centre, 22 School Lane (near Church Street), Liverpool , L1 3BT
In recent years the UCU has taken strike action for better pay and to defend jobs and pensions. Indeed the UCU in FE and HE has often been at the front of these struggles across the wider trade union movement. At yet there is frustration amongst activists and the UCU wider membership at the timidity of the national UCU leadership. More information here

Cleaners at Waterloo station to strike again this Friday 5 December
Following two earlier phases of rock solid action last month, cleaners employed by Interserve, looking after the busy and internationally famous Waterloo Station in London, are to strike again from Friday over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations relating to a whole range of fundamental issues…continued

A demonstration will also take place on Thursday 4 December at Interserve’s Waterloo headquarters. More details here

Further strikes at Jacobs biscuits
Following a solid strike by 800 GMB members at Jacobs Biscuits factory in Aintree, Liverpool they are set to strike again as part of six days of strikes in the run up to Christmas. The dispute is over sick pay and the management culture in the plant.
Further strike dates are as follows: 7am Wednesday 3rd December to 7am Thursday 4 December; 7am Saturday 6th December to 7am Sunday 7th December; 7am Sunday 14th December to 7am Tuesday 16th December.
More details here

Next Fast Food Rights campaign planning meeting:
Tues 9 Dec, 6.30pm, Parliament Port Cullis House, Room O.
We will be discussing our plans for 2015, including joining a global day of action alongside US fast food workers after our fantastic tour with them last month. All welcome. Read more here

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