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(en) Freedom 6324 Dec. 14, 2002 - News in Brief

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 18 Jan 2003 03:24:06 -0500 (EST)

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East London Workers in Hackney libraries went on strike for two
days at the end of last month. This was the culmination of a
series of actions which have shut all seven of the borough's
libraries every Saturday for a year. The first day of the weekday
strike, 25th November, was called to mark the anniversary of the
Saturday strikes. The second day, 26th November, was over the
issue behind the dispute, the refusal of Hackney Council to pay
weekend rates for Saturday working.
In a long-expected move, the council has sworn to start hiring
scab labour from next month to cover the Saturday shifts. North
and East London Solidarity Federation are asking for support on
the first day the scabs are used, which has now been confirmed as
Saturday 11th January. Activists are asked to gather at the
Central Library that morning at 8.15am.
In a separate move, Hackney Council last month announced that
new mayor Jules Pipe will receive what officials called an
'allowance' of £65,000 for his part-time job. This is the same
amount as Hackney planned to spend on hardback fiction in
2002. Members of his 'cabinet' will get £35,400. "This is a kick in
the teeth for Hackney's employees and residents", Unison joint
branch secretary Brian Debus said.
Get in touch with NELSF at PO Box 1681, London N8 7LE or call
07799-251 035.
Correction: contrary to our front page report on 16th November,
workers in Hackney libraries do get London weighting. It was the
Saturday-enhanced pay, withdrawn in 2001, that was paid at
national rates (without London weighting). Apologies for the
error, which was ours rather than our correspondent's.

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