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Published Tue 1 May 2007
Issue No. 2049

Greenwich lobby

Greenwich lobby


Greenwich single status lobby

Over 250 Unison union members met in Greenwich, south east London, last week as part of the campaign against the single status pay offer. This was despite the council refusing time off until just two days before the meeting. A lobby of the council brought together around 50 workers. Another lobby is planned for Wednesday 16 May.

Greenwich council worker


No waiting for NCP strike vote

Parking attendants in Edinburgh were to begin a strike ballot this week after rejecting a 4.4 percent pay rise.

The offer from NCP, the council’s new parking contractor, would take the lowest paid attendants to a basic wage of just under £12,000 a year.

The T&G union is pressing for a minimum of £14,000 this year, with a view to raising wages up to £18,000 within five years.

NCP employs 110 parking attendants in Edinburgh and around 70 percent of them are union members.


Oxford park and ride escalates

Striking security guards at three of Oxford’s park-and-ride sites have stepped up their industrial action in the dispute over staff numbers on late shifts.

From Monday until Saturday, security guards at Redbridge, Seacourt and Pear Tree sites – run by Oxford City Council – walked out between 8am and 9.30am. Bus drivers refused to cross the picket line.


Indefinite strike at print plant

Workers at Pureprint, a printing company in Uckfield, East Sussex, were set to take indefinite strike action from this Friday 4 May.

The Amicus union wants the nationally agreed national pay award of 3.3 percent.


Care workers continue battle

The dispute involving 17 black women, sacked by private provider Unique Care in Huddersfield, continues into its 18th week.

The resilience of the women seems to be bringing a response from the employer.

The women protest every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings outside the company’s headquarters and this, along with the employment tribunals, has led to Unique Care writing to some of the women to offer them their jobs back.

The women also protested on May Day.

Please send donations to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP.


Strike over pay at Quarriers charity

Workers at Quarriers, one of Scotland’s biggest charities, struck on Wednesday of last week in a dispute over pay.

About 100 Unison union members joined a one-day walkout at four Quarriers projects.

The dispute is over an offer of a 2.5 percent pay rise.


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Tue 1 May 2007, 19:22 BST
Issue No. 2049
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