IN AN AMAZING VICTORY, FREDDY LOPEZ and Angelica Valencia Bolanos have won back their jobs as cleaners at a Ferrari showroom. Sacked for intending to strike for the living wage, the campaign with their union, United Voices of the World, won precisely that.
Royal Mail workers, who voted 89% in favour of strike action over pensions, pay and working agreements - only to find them banned by the courts in favour of further talks - are gearing up for when the court-imposed timetable for those talks runs out. On 7th November, gate meetings were held around the country to discuss the latest developments.
An indication of the anger of postal workers is the wildcat walkout which happened in Wigan on 7th November after a worker was disciplined for complaining about his workload. Telecoms members of the CWU are also in action with a campaign `Close The Gap’ aimed at winning justice for agency workers working for BT who are paid considerably less than those directly employed.
As well as their campaign over pay (see opposite), PCS members are also engaged in action over the closure of jobcentres. At Sheffield Eastern Avenue jobcentre there have now been 41 days of strike action. Members in Plymouth have also struck. The DWP plans the closure of over 40 jobcentres around the country, and a stepping up of the campaign - together with users groups - is necessary if this is to be stopped. Meanwhile, the long-running dispute at Picturehouse (Ritzy) cinemas over pay and union recognition continues.