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Workplace news in brief
Carmarthenshire: Winter gritting dispute
Our branch had every confidence in our members that they would vote to take industrial action. This was due to the strength of the feeling of being undervalued by the Plaid Cymru-led Carmarthenshire County Council for the hard and dangerous work that they do in keeping the public safe on the highways and byways.
Our members have sent a clear message to the council of what they thought about the council's 'final offer'. The council should stop providing this statutory service on the cheap and pay significantly more in retainer payments to employees carrying out winter gritting.
Representatives of all the unions - Unison, GMB and Unite - will be meeting shortly to plan out the action we will be taking to encourage the employer to significantly increase its 'final offer'.
Unison ballot result:
- Turnout - 84.2%
- Number voting yes to strike action and action short of strike action - 100%
Mark Evans, branch secretary, Carmarthenshire County Unison
Npower jobs massacre
A huge body blow was dealt to workers at Npower which announced 4,500 redundancies at the energy utility owned by E.on, which made £2 billion profit in the first nine months of its financial year. The 4,500 figure follows the announcement of 900 job cuts by Npower in January.
Unison union, which organises among the workforce, must call workplace meetings and pledge to fight these devastating cuts.
A swathe of smaller energy companies has gone belly-up in recent months due to intensive competition in the energy supply market. Another reason why Jeremy Corbyn must trumpet Labour's manifesto call to renationalise 'big energy'.
Tata announces 1,000 job cuts
Tata Steel has given steel workers the worst possible Christmas message: 1,000 jobs to be axed across the UK. The huge Port Talbot steel-making plant, employing 4,000 workers, almost half of its UK workforce, is expected to be hardest hit.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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