Created: Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:32
Written by Mark Moncada
Striking TSG workers picket in Team Valley
Supporters of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! (FRFI) in Newcastle attended two picket lines in the last week, in solidarity with striking workers in the public and private sectors.
The first, in the public sector, was a PCS-organised strike by HMRC staff, part of a series of one day strikes at HMRC offices across the country from 23-27 June. The workers are fighting against job cuts, office closures, privatisation, ‘flexible resourcing’, a new performance management system and attacks on pre-agreed leave. HMRC has made the decision to close all of its 281 walk-in tax Enquiry Centres which provide face-to-face help. They will be replaced by a telephone service. There will be a joint public sector strike over pay on 10 July.
The second strike, in the private sector, was a strike by Tyneside Safety Glass workers organised in Unite; 80% of them voted in favour of going on strike. The workers are fighting for better pay after the company announced a 0% pay increase this year – a real terms pay cut. A one week strike began on 16 June and when the management refused to budge, a two week strike was called beginning on 30 June.
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