Amazon workers on picket lines on Tuesday (Picture: Sean Leahy)

Amazon workers in Coventry stepped back onto picket lines on Tuesday of this week. Upwards of 1,000 workers at the Coventry fulfilment began a three day strike to hit back at poor pay and conditions. 

This latest round of strikes marks a fresh wave of action after workers took 30 days of strikes last year. A worker at the Coventry site told Socialist Worker last month that their fight is “about more than just pay. We want dignity.

We want to be treated like human beings.” But workers in Coventry shouldn’t be striking alone. Last month, workers at the fulfilment centre in Minworth Birmingham walked out. Workers in Coventry have taken impressive action in the last year. But for these strikes to really bite the bosses, they have to spread.

Union suppresses motion on Palestine

Regional council of the Unison union stopped its members debating Palestine last Saturday. The Portsmouth City branch’s motion on Palestine was ruled out of order by the standing order committee at a South East regional council general meeting.

The committee said it would put the union in legal jeopardy and said that Israeli war crimes hadn’t been proven. The meeting voted for the motion to be restored to the agenda—but its calls were ignored. Many union leaders are doing almost nothing to send solidarity to the Palestinians, and now they are trying to force workers to rein back support as well

Museum staff won’t forget past

Workers at National Museums Liverpool (NML) have vowed to strike for an impressive eight weeks over the bosses’ withholding of the cost of living one-off payment. The museum bosses have refused hand workers the £1,500 sum that the government was forced to hand over as part of their 2022-23 pay offer.

 NML is the only employer out of 200 across Britain, that has failed to follow the civil service pay remit guidance. PCS union members voted 94 percent for strikes on a 68 percent turnout.

Workers at seven museum and gallery sites across Merseyside are set to strike from Saturday this week until 14 April. 

PCS members at the Pensions Regulator in Brighton are set for 12 more strike days. They are fighting over pay after the imposition of an unacceptable deal. 

They have already taken more than seven weeks of strikes since 5 September, finishing their most recent round on 1 February. Action builds unions— the branch has increased in membership from 150 to over 350 since the beginning of the strikes. The new dates will be 28 and 29 February and 1, 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, and 20 March.

Workers want pay to soar 

DHL aviation workers at east Midlands airport are on strike this week. 

They walked out on Friday last week and will be out until Monday next week. Workers rejected a 9.8 percent pay increase.

The 180 workers undertake ramp duties, provide aircraft handling and oversee the tower at the airport. They are paid just £10.96 an hour.

New Iceland pay deal isn’t chilly

GXO workers, who work at cold food storage facilities in Swindon for Iceland supermarket, have won a pay deal. The 150 strikers walked out in December before and after Christmas. 

The Unite union members forced the bosses to hand them a 6 percent pay increase on basic pay, and associated rises in overtime and unsocial pay. 

Workers at TMD Friction in Hartlepool have agreed a two-year pay deal. The deal includes 7.5 percent backdated to June 2023 and 3.5 percent from June this year. 

Shetland oil workers vote for a walkout 

Workers employed by Worley Services based at Sullom Voe oil terminal in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, unanimously voted for strikes. 

Around 40 Unite union members voted 100 percent in favour on a 95 percent turnout. The workers are demanding a pay rise and improvements to other terms and conditions.

Strike threat drives through a pay deal 

The PCS union called off strikes of over 2,000 driving test examiners this week. The union announced on Tuesday of last week that negotiations resulted in an offer that met the demands PCS members were balloted on. 

Around 300 IT support staff working for HMRC accepted a new pay offer on Friday last week ending their dispute which began on 18 January. PCS members are employed by Fujitsu. Workers won a 5 percent pay uplift for everyone, with some of the lowest paid winning a 15 percent increase. 

Asda workers get a right strike feeling 

Workers at an Asda in Gosport, Hampshire, struck in the early hours of last Friday. Around 100 workers, in the GMB union, walked out at midnight and stayed out until midnight last Saturday. They stood in the road and blocked deliveries of goods.

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