University strikers have turned down an agreement reached by university union leaders and employers to end the pensions dispute. It means the strike will continue - with threats to disrupt final exams and assessments in the summer term. University staff opposed to the deal announced on Monday evening have pushed for a more "decisive victory". The strike over university pensions has lasted four weeks and cancelled classes in over 60 universities. "The strike action for this week remains on and we will now make detailed preparations for strikes over the assessment and exam period," said Sally Hunt, the leader of the University College Union.
Royal Mail has won an injunction in London's High Court preventing next week's 48-hour strike. The postal firm's workers had been set to walk out from 19 October in protest over pensions, wages and jobs. But the company said the strike would be "unlawful" if the Communication Workers Union (CWU) did not follow dispute resolution procedures. A strike ballot of the CWU's 110,000 members had produced an 89.1% vote in favour on a 73.7% turnout. It would have been the first national strike since Royal Mail was privatised four years ago.
UK workers at BMW have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a dispute over pensions, the Unite union has announced. BMW workers making engines and the Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars plan to strike over plans to close their final salary pension scheme. The union says the proposal could see some UK workers lose up to £160,000 in retirement income. BMW said it was "disappointed" but remained "open to negotiations". The action involves up to 3,500 workers at plants in Oxfordshire, Chichester, Birmingham and Swindon.
Grocery workers across Southern California voted to authorize a strike against Ralphs and Albertsons, which includes Vons, Pavilions and Safeway stores, union officials reported. The vote by 47,000 United Food and Commercial Workers members gives union officials the power to call for a strike if the supermarkets don't back down on their demands. The grocery companies and union have 10 meetings scheduled through the end of July. The supermarkets have offered one 10-cent per hour wage increase through 2018, as well as two bonuses of 10 cents an hour and 15 cents an hour during that time, according to Rick Icaza, the president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. He said the stores also would not fund healthcare beyond current levels, forcing employees to contribute more or sacrifice coverage; reducing their future contributions to pensions; and forcing employees to retire at 65 rather than 60.