“The ink isn’t dry on the pay deal and BT management are already trying to tear up our contracts by changing the working week to 7am-11pm, Monday to Sunday. This will put a lot more pressure on staff already finding it difficult to cope. It also means the end of flexible working hours which many workers depend on to be able to take care of children. A consultative ballot delayed due to the pay talks is to resume over BT’s proposals.”
Paddy Meehan, the Socialist Party’s South Belfast candidate, has challenged Alex Maskey to a public debate on Sinn Fein’s ‘job creation strategy’.
Urgent protests needed
At nearly midnight (local time) on August 28, at the bus station in Kokchetava in Northern Kazakhstan, a violent attack and arrest were carried out on the human rights defender, Vadim Kuramshina. Vadim was just leaving to meet up with Joe Higgins, Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party (CWI Ireland), arriving on a visit from tomorrow (Monday).
CWU must prepare for fresh attacks after election
By a Socialist Party postal worker
The conditions in Belfast would appear to be no different from anywhere else in the UK. 61,623 (76.24%) of Royal Mail employees are all in agreement that things need to change. The promise of a ‘Great Place To Work’ made by former Chairman Allan Leighton may well be true if you’re a manager with top directors receiving millions of pounds in pay and bonus.