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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 November 2014
Workplace news in brief
London bus drivers in the Unite union have voted in a consultative ballot by 96% in favour of taking industrial action over sector-wide pay.
The union has pressed for sector-wide negotiations on London buses. Three times it invited the bus companies to discuss pay around one table, without success.
The next step is a formal postal ballot. But it is already clear drivers will unite and fight!
A London bus driver
The University and College Union (UCU) has called a marking boycott from 6 November against pension cuts at 69 pre-1992 universities.
University UK wants to scrap the final salary element of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, replacing it with a career average.
78% of members have voted to take strike action, and 87% voted for action short of a strike.
Sam Morecroft, Sheffield UCU
UCU members at Lambeth College have voted by 92% to reject new contracts and ballot for strike action.
The new contract includes cutting two weeks' holiday, massively reduced sick pay and longer hours.
The UCU members took 26 days of consecutive action in June and July.
50 home care workers from Unite and Unison protested noisily outside Nottingham city council offices.
The Labour controlled council intends to slash its care budget by 30%! It plans to cut care workers' pay through downgrading.
Carol Starr, Unite shop steward said: "We will keep the pressure up... we are prepared to take industrial action if necessary."
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In The Socialist 5 November 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Cold, cruel cuts: Fight the Con-Dem attacks
The Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts
All main parties in crisis: where will the opposition go?
Pressure mounts on zero-hour contracts
Them & Us
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Every penny counts: donate to Socialism 2014
TUSC fights for health centre
Carlisle: Stop the car parking tax
Socialist Students campaign reports
International socialist news and analysis
Ireland water tax: 'We won't pay'
Burkina Faso: Mass uprising ousts dictator
Socialist Party workplace news
Back fresh strikes to save the NHS
Defend firefighters' right to strike!
Victory to St Mungo's strikers
Sheffield Green workers start indefinite strike
Greenwich libraries victory
Police staff ballot for decent pay
Ritzy cinema bosses back down
Kent: Range wardens strike
Workplace news in brief
Agree with Russell Brand? Join the Socialist Party!
Ebola virus crisis - no profit, no vaccine
Repel the Tories' attacks on our democratic rights
Portsmouth jihadis: austerity and alienation to blame
Take over software giants
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