Tesco drivers strike

Drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have gone on strike

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Strikers take to the streets

Strikers take to the streets in Barnsley as members of the Public and Commercial Services Union hold a day of action over pay and pensions. The strike coincides with budget day with PCS members wanting a 5 percent pay increase. PCS member Neil License said:

"We are going down those failed policies of the 1930s which is about cut, cut, cut. Let's build some council houses. There are thousands of people in Barnsley waiting for council houses. Stuff like that gets the economy moving that will actually get Britain back to work and pay off the deficit."

strikers in Barnsley Credit: Calendar news

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BBC journalists' strike expected to last 24 hours

BBC journalists striking over redundancies being made across the corporation are expected to last for up to 24 hours.

A picket line outside the Hull newsroom began at 10am and is expected to last until 2pm. Many more picket lines outside BBC newsrooms across the country are happening simultaneously.

The strike is as a result of negotiations about jobs and contracts between the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the corporation falling down. The NUJ announced the stike date last Friday.

After months of negotiations with BBC Scotland management, NUJ reps fighting to secure the jobs of nine of their colleagues discovered that six jobs were being externally advertised, offering six-month contracts to journalists who do not work for the corporation. The BBC is prepared to waste public money on needless redundancies rather than secure redeployment opportunities for those at risk. This demonstrates the significant failures of some managers to uphold key aspects of the redeployment agreement, let alone the spirit of the deal.

– Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ General Secretary

DVLA staff stage 24-hour walkout

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DVLA logo Credit: Department of Transport

Workers at dozens of Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices will stage a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over closures and job losses.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union at 39 local and 10 enforcement offices in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in the industrial action.

The union is campaigning against planned office closures, including those at Leeds, Sheffield, Lincoln and Beverley, arguing it signals the end of a "highly prized" face-to-face service to motorists.

The union has delivered a 72,000 name petition opposing the closures, to the Department for Transport, saying it was the largest paper petition it had ever organised.

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Tesco drivers block gates of Doncaster distribution centre

Nearly 200 lorry drivers in Doncaster, striking over planned job cuts, say they'll now end the industrial action if they're offered a better redundancy package.

The workers blocked the gates of Tesco's distribution centre today in their long running dispute with haulage giant Eddie Stobart.

The row broke out in August after Tesco's decision to contract out delivery work. The strikers claim they've been offered new jobs across the country and on worse pay and conditions.

Delivery drivers hold demonstration in Doncaster

Lorry drivers working at a distribution centre in South Yorkshire are holding a demonstration in Doncaster in a bid to save 183 jobs.

They are involved in a dispute with their employer Eddie Stobart Ltd over plans to cut jobs and started continuous strike action on Thursday.

They will start the demonstration at the picket line outside a Tesco distribution centre, and then march into the centre of Doncaster.

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