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Rubbish piles up as dispute hits refuse collection

Refuse collectors in Brighton and Hove say they may take industrial action in a dispute over staffing levels.

Rubbish has started to pile up in some streets in the city. The GMB union says more staff need to be recruited.

But the council says the service is being affected by the number of workers on annual leave and long-term sickness. Malcolm Shaw reports.

AWE staff in 24 hour strike over pension changes

Workers have been carrying out industrial action over pension changes

Up to 600 workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire are on strike today in a continuing dispute over changes to their pensions.

Members of the Unite union from the sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield will join colleagues from across the country protesting at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. They say they stand to lose thousands of pounds in retirement income.

The firm's defined benefit pension scheme was closed on 31 January 2017.

"Our committed members feel betrayed and badly let down by what has happened to their pensions and they don't deserve to lose thousands of pounds when they retire.

"There is a solution that could resolve this dispute and that is to allow the AWE workforce to join the principal civil service pension scheme.

"Our members want to have a constructive dialogue with Michael Fallon, but they have met with a brick wall which is insulting to such a dedicated workforce delivering the government's flagship Trident nuclear programme.

"So on Tuesday, our members will be knocking on the proverbial front door at the MoD as they seek to secure a decent retirement income that they were promised by a Tory government a quarter of a century ago."

– Jennie Formby, Unite regional secretary for the south east

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ASLEF train drivers reject Southern deal - Rail boss says: 'Naturally we're saddened'

More industrial action to come in the dispute on Southern trains

The head of Govia Thameslink Railway - Southern's parent company, has given his reaction to the decision of ASLEF union members to reject a deal in the ongoing dispute about driver-only trains.

“Naturally we’re saddened and hugely disappointed, as will be our passengers, with today’s decision by drivers, particularly as the agreement carried the full support and recommendation of the ASLEF leadership. We now need to understand the issues which led to this outcome and we’ll be seeking to meet with the union as soon as possible to see how we can agree a way forward.”

– Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, Southern’s parent company

RMT strike continues on Southern - union calls for 'genuine and meaningful talks'

Strike over proposed changes to the role of conductors continues

There has been more disruption for passengers who travel on Southern railway services in the region. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) have been continuing a 48-hour strike in the ongoing row over the role of train conductors.

Train drivers who are members of the ASLEF union are also carrying out a ban on overtime.

Southern's management have apologised for the continued disruption to their passengers journeys.

Meanwhile the General Secretary of the RMT, Mick Cash, has responded with anger to the news that the Prime Minister plans to hire more replacement buses to ease the problems the Southern railways strikes are causing for rail users.

‎"Instead of resorting to lash-up stunts for public relations purposes Theresa May should be instructing her Southern rail contractors to get back round the table and sort out the issues about passenger safety at the heart of this dispute."

‎"The collapse in industrial relations on Southern can all be traced back to the comments of top Government rail official Peter Wilkinson back in February when he made it clear at a meeting in Croydon that he was actively seeking a war with staff and their unions.

"If she's serious about getting a grip Mrs May needs to scrap that agenda of confrontation and give us an opportunity to engage in genuine and meaningful talks."

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

French strikes- latest from Brittany Ferries

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Brittany Ferries say that despite strike action at French ports, the vast majority of their sailings today are unaffected.

Earlier today on their website there were warnings of delays between Portsmouth and Le Havre, and Portsmouth and St Malo.

But now it appears the only sailing to be cancelled is tonight's overnight ferry from Le Havre to Portsmouth.

Travel information on the Brittany Ferries website Credit: Brittany Ferries

However they've also issued us a statement in the last hour with advice for passengers taking their cars to France, because of problems with the fuel supply

All our services to and from France are operating to schedule (these operate from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth to Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff).

In general the fuel situation in the North West of France (and indeed across the country) continues to improve. For example, most of the stations in Brittany are back in operation and there is now almost no rationing at the pump.

We are advising customers to travel with a full tank of fuel and to fill up when they can in France, but there is certainly no suggestion that France is running dry. And the fuel supply situation continues to improve.

Despite the difficulties, our crew, staff and customers have been able to find fuel (we have 2,000 crew in France), sometimes with the help of external websites like www.carbeo.com and www.mon-essence.fr.

For safety reasons, petrol cans are strictly forbidden onboard our ferries, and the transport of diesel in vehicles is only permitted in containers/jerry cans specifically constructed for the carriage of diesel and to a maximum of 5 litres per vehicle.

– Brittany ferries spokesman

Several ferry routes disrupted due to strike action

Industrial action by port workers in France has led Brittany Ferries to delay or cancel some services over the bank holiday weekend.

British travellers are being encouraged to think ahead as general strikes over labour law reforms in France have also left fuel in short supply. Blockades by workers have disrupted six oil refineries, meaning fuel rationing may be imposed.

This is the latest on the ferries:

  • 26/05/16 Cherbourg to Portsmouth 17h00 (Normandie Express) - This sailing will be delayed and will now depart Cherbourg at 18h00, arriving into Portsmouth at 20h00.
  • 26/05/16 Portsmouth to St Malo 20h15 (Bretagne) - This sailing will now arrive in St Malo at 09h15 on Friday morning, 1 hour later than scheduled.
  • 27/05/16 St Malo to Portsmouth 10h30 (Bretagne) - This sailing will depart 1 hour later at 11h30. Latest check-in is now 10h45. Arrival remains unchanged at 18h20.
  • 26/05/16 Le Havre to Portsmouth 22h00 (Etretat) has been cancelled.
  • 26/05/16 Portsmouth to Le Havre 23h15 (Baie de Seine) has been cancelled.
  • 27/05/16 Le Havre to Portsmouth 22h00 (Baie de Seine) has been cancelled.
  • 26/05/16 Cherbourg to Poole 18h30 (Barfleur) - This sailing will be delayed and will now depart Cherbourg at 19h30, arriving into Poole at 22h45.
  • All other services are operating to schedule.

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Ferry services between Portsmouth and Le Havre cancelled

Brittany Ferries has cancelled services between Portsmouth and Le Havre Credit: ITV News

Strike action in France has led to the cancellation of Brittany ferry services between Portsmouth and Le Havre.

The services cancelled today are:

Le Havre to Portsmouth 2200

Portsmouth to Le Havre 2315

Tomorrow the Le Havre to Portsmouth 2200 has also been cancelled.

All other services to and from the ports of Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff are operating as normal.

Because of the on-going fuel strikes in France Brittany Ferries is urging customers to depart with enough fuel to reach their destination in France, or to leave with a full tank of petrol or diesel.

Operations could be cancelled during strikes by doctors

Patients at Southampton General Hospital could have their operation cancelled during strikes Credit: ITV Meridian

Patients in Hampshire could have their operations cancelled - if strikes by junior doctors go ahead.

Southampton General Hospital and The Royal County Hospital in Winchester are among those affected.

It follows a ballot last week where junior doctors across England voted to strike during three days in December.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust trust responsible for both hospitals says it's working to minimise disruption to patients.

Patients at Royal Hampshire County Hospital could have their operation cancelled during strikes Credit: ITV Meridian

"Since the announcement (of strike action), human resources and senior clinical staff across University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have been working alongside junior doctor representatives and the BMA to develop plans to minimise disruption to patients.

"To ensure our hospitals run as safely and as effectively as possible during the periods of strike action, we expect to cancel some outpatient clinics and non-urgent theatre lists to reallocate clinical staff in other areas.

"Any patients who will be affected if strike action goes ahead will be contacted via telephone and letter beforehand.

"The letter will state that their appointment has been cancelled and will be rescheduled but, if strike action does not go ahead, they should attend their appointment as planned.

"Patients whose appointments will not be affected will not hear from us and should plan to attend hospital as normal."

– Dr Caroline Marshall Chief operating officer University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

"Our priority will be the safety of everyone in our care and ensuring we continue to see urgent and emergency patients who need our help on the strike days.

"Patients should continue to attend the hospital as normal unless they have been contacted by the hospital to make alternative arrangements."

– Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Air traffic controllers in Europe will strike next week

Air traffic controllers across Europe plan to strike next week.

Passengers due to fly anywhere on Thursday 10th October are being warned that it is highly likely their flight will be delayed or cancelled.

Workers in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Albania, Croatia, Malta, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland will be joining the 'action day.'

They are protesting against plans to streamline European air traffic control, which they say will threaten flight safety.

Passengers are being urged to contact their travel agent or airline.

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Binmen take to the streets in pay cut row

Hundreds of refuse collectors have marched through the streets of Brighton and Hove this afternoon on the second day of a planned week long strike.

The industrial action follows a dispute with the council over changes to its allowances system that could see some workers lose thousands of pounds in pay. The interviewee in Andy Dickenson's report is Carey Duckhouse from the Brighton Sea Life Centre.

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