Fifteen men have been sacked due to a wildcat strike last week at Cottam power station near Lincoln.
Fifty-one British engineers, electricians and welders walked out last week on wildcat due to underpayment of Hungarian workers employed on a desulphurisation project at the plant. Amicus' regional officer Bernard McAulay said the workers had been underpaid £1m by Austrian subcontractor SFL.
Drivers on Dublin's DART rail network were on wildcat strike yesterday over the imposition of new rosters.
Claims were made that the action was due to an inter-union row between SIPTU and the NBRU. However the National Bus and Rail Workers' Union has strongly denied this.
NBRU General Secretary Liam Tobin said the row was about changes to rosters which were introduced without consultation as promised by the company.
In the wake of the 18 day wildcat strike action that crippled Belfast's postal service, union members consider launching an official strike.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) authorised a ballot of its members for strike action due to Royal Mail management going back on deals made to end the unofficial stoppage on February 17.
In Shangdong, China, more than 1,000 textile workers were on strike last week, while in Vietnam around 4,000 workers at a shoe factory struck for a wage increase.
China Labour Bulletin and VietNamNet reported:
More than 1,000 workers at the cloth-weaving section of the Heze Cotton Textile Factory, formerly a state-owned enterprise, in Shandong have been staging a strike against low pay since 10 February.
At a packed meeting at lunchtime on Friday 17th February, in Transport House, Belfast, striking postal workers decided to end their wildcat strike and return to work having won their dispute.
An independent review of industrial relations, the key demand of the strikers, has been won. Strikers also forced Royal Mail to agree a non-victimisation clause in the agreement that brought the dispute to a close - while the 12 month no strike clause was effectively scrapped.
Union officials are trying to thrash out a new deal to end the strike - but workers are holding out until they are guaranteed no victimisation.
The workers walked out over management bullying, and were demanding an independent inquiry – and demand which management had refused.
A spokesman for the CWU said: "I believe it is more optimistic today. First and foremost we are looking for a guarantee that no individuals will be victimised when they return to work.
The Belfast and District Trades Union Council along with postal workers on a two-week wildcat strike marched and rallied yesterday demanding Dignity and Fair Treatment at work.
Assembling at the Tomb Street sorting depot picket line at 12.00 over 1,000 workers marched to a rally at Belfast City Hall in support of striking posties and workers everywhere who are facing harassment and bullying at work.
The threated unofficial walkout by over 100,000 Canadian public sector workers over pensions has been postponed - probably until next week.
Public service union CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan said yesterday that he had not been contacted by the government since the strike warning was given
"With the Liberals laughing at my members in the House today, I think that's a good indication that they've no intention of meeting our demands," Ryan said. "If that happens, there's nothing surer than there'll be a strike."
A march and rally is being built for Tuesday 14th of February in support of the striking posties and to demand 'Dignity And Fair Treatment In the Workplace'.
As Wildcat action by Belfast Posties entered its 12th day, on Saturday 11th February, street collections took place in Belfast city centre. Posties, fire fighters and other trade unionists, Belfast and District Trades Union Council delegates, members of Organise!, the Socialist Party and SWP collected money and handed out leaflets explaining the dispute.