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Strike lands at Labour airport

Issue No. 1786

Around 400 workers at Manchester Airport struck on Monday in the first of six one-hour stoppages. The strikes are against the imposition of new contracts which would mean wage cuts of up to 40 percent, attacks on holidays and sick pay, and a longer working week. The airport management are also threatening to axe jobs

The strike involves mainly security staff, car park attendants and some clerical workers, all members of the TGWU union. TGWU union shop steward Wayne Jones pointed out that the airport is run by the 12 Greater Manchester local councils, mostly run by Labour. 'We feel badly let down by Labour,' he added.

One day OK- this is better

CLERICAL AND admin staff at Huddersfield Technical College have voted to start an all-out pay strike from Monday. The all-out vote follows a second one-day strike last week in a fight over the college management's refusal to pay a nationally agreed rise.

One striker said, 'One-days are OK but management know when we will be back. If you just walk out and say we are not returning until a decent offer is made, then that will make them think a lot.'

Anger wells up in the Borders

Over 800 people packed into an angry meeting in the small town of Eyemouth near the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed last week. They were furious at plans for a massive £3.9 million cuts package by the Scottish Borders council. A series of other rallies in other towns in the area saw a total of 1,500 people at meetings. A lobby of the next council meeting on 14 February is now planned.

Anthrax poster sparks post row

Postal Workers in Cornwall are planning a strike ballot in support of a sacked colleague. John Newton lost his job just after Christmas after allegedly putting up a poster in protest at the handling of an anthrax scare in the Falmouth sorting office.

The sacking provoked outrage among John's mates, who held sporadic unofficial protests and have started an unofficial overtime ban. A final decision over John's case was expected this week.

Dynamex rally targets Blair

Around 300 people joined a rally in Cardiff last Sunday in solidarity with the 87 sacked Dynamex workers from Caernarfon. Dynamex worker Gerald Parry got sustained applause when he said, 'The Labour Party was formed for many important reasons-protecting the rights of the likes of Craig Smith, the boss of Dynamex, was not one of them.'

After marching on to New Labour's conference the sacked workers and supporters dispersed, while Bill Morris and a TGWU delegation went in for a scheduled audience with Blair only to find that he had fled back to London.

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Sat 9 Feb 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1786
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