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Issue No. 2034

TV licensing strike scheduled

CWU union members who work for TV Licensing in Bristol have voted for strikes in response to plans by Capita (which manages this contract for the BBC) to move work to India.

In a ballot 88 voted for strikes and only five against.

The first strike is set for Monday and Tuesday next week with further action on 12 and 26 February.

Staff at the Capita sites in both Temple Street and The Pithay will be involved in the action.

Hampson staff begin a ballot

Some 130 Amicus union members at Hampson Aerospace in Birmingham are starting an industrial action ballot.

Last year the company said it was in trouble and the workforce accepted that they wouldn’t receive a pay rise.

This year the company is doing better.

The union has asked for a 4 percent increase from April. The company wants to put off the pay rise until January 2008.

Pete Jackson

Cold response to deal at Iceland

Iceland supermarket distribution workers last week rejected a deal to settle the dispute at the Enfield depot in north London, which is run by DHL Exel.

They were to meet this week to discuss any further improvements and, if nothing is forthcoming, whether to restart their strike action.

The workers, members of the T&G union, held two well-supported strikes before Christmas in a dispute over pay and the management culture at the depot.

Raytheon 9 left waiting for justice

Five months after they occupied and decommissioned computers in Raytheon’s Derry office in Northern Ireland, the defence teams of the nine accused have still not received any indication of when their trial might start.

The failure of the police and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to make progress on the case against the Raytheon 9 was criticised by the magistrate before whom they appeared again on 4 January.

All nine are still charged with scheduled offences, which means they will face a non-jury trial in a Diplock court.

The magistrate has asked the PPS to return to the court on 18 January with more information on its plans.

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Sat 20 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2034
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