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Issue No. 2046

Bob Crow on the cleaners

Bob Crow on the cleaners' protest (Pic: Guy Smallman)

RMT cleaners demonstration

Rail and tube cleaners staged a demonstration outside City Hall in London last week calling for a “living wage” of £7.20 an hour

Aston Martin staff reject 007 percent

Aston Martin car workers, members of the T&G union, were set to strike this week over pay. There was to be a one-hour stoppage at the end of Friday’s shift and a ban on overtime.

Some 70 percent of the 656 workers at sites in Newport Pagnell and Gaydon, Warwickshire, voted in favour of a strike.

Workers have been offered 4 percent in year one and inflation plus 0.5 per cent in year two, plus a merit payment worth an average of 2.25 percent.

Remember you need fuel to fly

Workers at a company that refuels aircraft at Gatwick airport are voting on strikes.

Workers in the T&G union at Gatwick Refuelling Services (GRS) want full union recognition at the firm.

Although it only has 15 employees, the firm services many airlines including British Airways, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Delta.

Oxford action over safety fears

Security staff at Oxford City Council’s park and ride sites are set to strike on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two weeks starting next Monday, 16 April.

And bus workers at Oxford Bus Company have vowed not to cross the picket line.

The council wants to save cash by making security guards at its sites work alone at night.

Workers think that would compromise safety, and so are starting a series of one-hour walkouts, starting at the Redbridge park and ride at 7.30am.

Strike to sink loss of earnings

Swimming pool and leisure centre workers in Renfrewshire, west of Glasgow, have voted to strike over pay.

Management have introduced restructuring and regrading of staff.

Basic pay has risen for most, but they will lose out on double time and time-and-a-half overtime payments, as well as travel expenses.

Liverpool protest against sexism

A protest was held on Easter Sunday outside a “Playboy Pimps and Hoes” Easter Ball at the Ice Bar in Liverpool city centre.

The protest highlighted the trivialisation of prostitution and called for an end to using women as sex objects.

Pressure harvests new union rights

After a campaign by the GMB union, around 350 mainly east European workers at World Flowers have won a memorandum of understanding on trade union rights at three sites in Hampshire, West Sussex and Lincolnshire.

World Flowers is one of Britain’s largest cut flowers packers.

Each week the company imports 280 tonnes of flowers.

'Supermop' cuts hours

Cleaners in the Unison union at a Welsh hospital have had their hours cut after being issued with what the bosses claimed was a new “supermop” so they can clean floors faster.

Private cleaning firm OCS brought in a consultant to establish the number of work hours it would take to carry out cleaning and related duties at the newly built hospital on Baglan Moors, Port Talbot.

Eddie Gabrielsen of Unison said, “The cleaners are joking that the mops must be as magical as Harry Potter’s broomstick.” But he added, “Unfortunately it’s more serious than that. A firm saying it can cut hours because they have issued new mops sounds crazy, but that is what has happened.”

Cleaning staff have voted to go on strike to protect the hours of the 19 workers affected.

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Tue 10 Apr 2007, 18:35 BST
Issue No. 2046
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