Stewards reject deal
Shop stewards at Scottish Power have rejected management's latest offer. However, the new offer will be put to a ballot of union members. The workers, who are members of the AEEU, GMB and TGWU unions, have been fighting management's plans to transfer workers in the 'wire business' to a new company.
The management offer contains a number of concessions, but the workers will still be transferred to a new company. The union officials, who are desperate to avoid industrial action, are recommending the deal.
But a letter pointing out that stewards have rejected the deal will also accompany the ballot papers. One steward who was at the meeting said, 'The officials were shocked by the anger of the stewards. This is the first time they have been overturned in a meeting.'
Bitter as strike ends
Rossington miners have lost their 12-week strike for a better pay bonus. Miners voted narrowly to return to work on Monday of last week, having failed to gain any concessions from UK Coal in their long-running dispute. Miners' leaders said it 'was back to square one' after a ballot in which 58 percent of the miners voted in favour of ending the strike.
The dispute centred on the growing conflict between miners and UK Coal, which has announced plans for 12-hour shifts and weekend working. But unfortunately union leaders left the strike isolated, and failed to make the strike a focus for solidarity from other miners and groups of workers.
Unity to stop Nazis
Eighty people came together last Saturday at the Unity Conference in Tipton, near Dudley in the West Midlands, to discuss how to build the fight against racism and the Nazis.
Conference sponsors included eight local trade union branches, the Anti Nazi League and the Indian Workers Association. Speakers included anti-racist campaigner Suresh Grover and Julie Waterson from the ANL.
People went away with new ideas and contacts, and a new determination to stop the Nazis consolidating their foothold in the area.