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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 October 2013

Workplace news in brief

Demand for action in FBU

The London Region of the Fire Brigades union has passed an emergency resolution criticising the calling off of the strike scheduled for 19 October.

They say: "The strike on 25 September was supported solidly by members and was instrumental in bringing about the government's recent shift on the threat of mass capability dismissals.

We recognise that the union has already made concessions to the government's agenda prior to the ballot for strike action and therefore call on the executive council to reaffirm its commitment to fighting for the eight demands which form the pensions trade dispute, particularly in relation to the increase in the normal pension age and the hike in contributions.

We also call on the executive council to give immediate notice of a fresh strike, the duration of which should not be less than 24 hours.

Further, this region demands that no future strike dates be cancelled unless the executive council has received an offer from government which it is prepared to recommend to members for acceptance."

Rail strike

Aslef members working for Cross Country trains have been balloted for strike action in a dispute about the rostering of Rest Day work. 81% voted to strike.

The Aslef executive committee has agreed strikes on 5 and 7 November. More strike dates may be added.

An Aslef member

Uni strike

UCU, Unison and Unite members working in higher education are striking on 31 October over pay and pensions.

Staff have been offered a 1% pay rise this year, which means a pay cut of 13% since October 2008.

At the same time university tops have had their pay increased by more than £5,000 in 2011-12. The average pay and pensions package for vice-chancellors is almost £250,000.

No to privatisation

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust are intending to privatise the Estates and Facilities Department - in a contract valued at £200 million over the next five years.

Three private companies have been shortlisted for the tender but the in-house bid has been rejected.

The Nottinghamshire NHS branch of Unite is consulting its members about this privatisation, which has shocked and angered them.

The regional full-time officer has not ruled out industrial action.

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