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South remembers Tunisian terror victims

Organisations remember victims of Tunisia attack

Organisations, councils and fire services are taking part in a minute silence to remember the victims

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will also be taking part in a one minute silence to remember the Tunisia victims.

The council will be honouring the silence at noon today and are asking customers' to avoid ringing the offices during the minute's silence.


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Bodies of eight Tunisia victims to return to UK today

The bodies of eight Britons killed in the Tunisian beach atrocity will be flown back to the UK today.

They are Christopher and Sharon Bell, Scott Chalkley, Sue Davey, Angie and Ray Fisher, Eileen Swannack and John Welch.

The five remaining bodies of British victims will be repatriated tomorrow.

More bodies will be repatriated today, a week on from the Tunisia attack. Credit: Reuters


Minute silence to remember Tunisia terror victims

Flowers remain on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia Credit: PA

A minute's silence is to be held across the South East to remember those who lost their lives in Tunisia a week ago today.

A total of 38 people died in the terror attack which took place on a beach in the resort of Sousse last Friday.

At midday the region will fall silent with events being held at a wide range of places - from Canterbury Cathedral to some schools in the region.

5-day strike called by Southern engineers

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out from 5pm on July 12. They will also ban overtime over the weekend of July 10-12. The move follows a 9-1 vote for strikes among union members at Southern, which operates commuter and other services between London and the Sussex coast.

The RMT said hundreds of engineers were involved in the dispute and warned that the strike will hit services. Officials said under the 2013 pay settlement, a working group of union reps and managers was set up to find productivity measures that could cut the working week.

The union said the group could not find any way to bring in a 35-hour week with no extra cost to the company. Productivity measures were subsequently brought in for engineers without leading to a reduction in the working week, said the RMT.

General Secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT will not stand by while agreed policies, procedures and agreements are unilaterally ripped up by Southern and promises on the reduction in the working week are kicked aside despite increases in productivity.

"As a result we declared a dispute and our engineering grades have now delivered a massive vote for industrial action and that programme of strikes and overtime bans will begin next week.

"In all of this, management have failed to show our members the respect they deserve as skilled and dedicated workers. We have made every effort to talk to the company about these issues, but have got nowhere. The only option we have it to use industrial action.

"Southern is a company intensively under the spotlight over its performance at the moment and RMT will not have our members left unrewarded as they hit work targets and then face a barrage of attacks on working conditions and procedures. RMT remains available for talks."

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PM to join millions in remembering Tunisia victims

David Cameron has confirmed he will be "joining millions" in remembering the victims of the Tunisia beach atrocity in a minute's silence later today.

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