Unison members strike on Fridays too

November 9, 2010

8th November 2010

STRIKE action by Unison members was escalated as the union members extended their weekend strikes to Friday too.

Staff belonging to the union from the town’s car parks did not work on Friday and those at the Link Centre stopped work at 8pm on Friday too. Swindon Council’s leisure, car parking and parks staff have been taking industrial action following a dispute over pay.

The council has withdrawn extra pay for working unsociable hours like evenings and weekends.

Some staff are losing £300 a week because of it and Unison members have been on strike at weekends since September 25.

Unison branch secretary Bob Cretchley said the union was preparing to ballot staff from other council departments.

We have already given notice that we are balloting further groups in the libraries and museums departments and we could be escalating the action,” he said.

But we did have a meeting with the council on Thursday and they indicated they were looking to try and find a way to resolve this.”

From the Swindon Advertiser. Looks like an Adver error; that should be £300 a month.


Industrial action threat by ambulance staff

November 4, 2010

Wednesday 3rd November 2010

By Charly Morgan, Swindon Advertiser

Ambulance staff could take industrial action in a dispute over changes to their working conditions.

The Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) says it needs to change the shift system to handle increased demand from 999 calls.

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Nine jobseekers for every job in Duncan Smith’s Cardiff

October 23, 2010

23 October 2010

The city where Iain Duncan Smith claims people from Merthyr Tydfil should go to find work currently has almost nine times more jobseekers than jobs, research by PCS shows.

Figures obtained by the union for the day following the work and pensions secretary’s statement about unemployed workers ‘getting on the bus’, show there are 15,000 people in Cardiff chasing just 1,700 jobs.

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Swindon fights back

October 23, 2010

UNISON members in Swindon are fighting back against their employer with a series of rolling strikes, after the council decided to unilaterally axe payments to staff for working unsocial hours.

The council has refused to negotiate, so members are striking each weekend, affecting car parks, leisure centres and country parks.

South West regional organiser Chris Howe says that the first weekend of action went well.

The largest leisure centre in Swindon had to be closed,” he explains. “But members of the public that we spoke to were understanding.”

Indeed, the pickets at car parks in the area reported “no negative comments” and even some donations to the hardship fund.

But the branch is appealing for more support for the hardship fund in order to maintain action.

You can send a donation to: UNISON, Civic Offices, Swindon SN1 2JH, cheques made payable to Swindon UNISON branch.


Workers prepare to fight closure

October 23, 2010

Saturday 23rd October 2010

Matthew Edwards, Swindon Advertiser

WORKERS at Deloro Stellite have vowed to fight against the firm’s plan to end manufacturing in the town.

Staff were informed on Thursday that the company was proposing to stop manufacturing in Swindon, despite claims the factory is the most efficient in the group.

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Fighting the Cuts – What they will mean to health and safety?

October 22, 2010

Why do we need health and safety?

Because employers have control over how we work, the law says that they are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is safe. They have to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and any members of the public who might be affected by what they do.

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Council sets out where axe will fall

October 22, 2010

Friday 22nd October 2010

By Scott McPherson, Swindon Advertiser

AS the dust settles on the biggest budget cuts in post-war history, Swindon Council has revealed where their axe could fall to bung a £20m blackhole in the next two years.

The council yesterday published its hit list which includes asking schools to buy back some services they want, scrapping some bus service subsidies, turning off 450 street lights, moving the Visitor Information Centre from Regent Street into the Central Library, charging for replacement recycling boxes, reducing the amount of money it hands out for allotments and start a tendering process for a range of services in the adult social care department. Read the rest of this entry »