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Walkout is just the ticket

Issue No. 1912

TRAFFIC wardens in Manchester stopped work unofficially on Friday of last week after they were told they had to continue to wear their ties and jackets in the stiflingly hot weather.

About 40 NCP wardens, both men and women, stormed out of the firm’s Ardwick headquarters just after 9am. Bosses had insisted they keep wearing ties and company jackets.

Just three parking attendants were left on Manchester’s streets.

Senior managers were called in as workers on the morning shift gathered outside the office to persuade colleagues due to start the 10am shift to join their protest.

One worker said, “This has been brewing for a long time and today’s incident was the final straw.”

Unless management are prepared to back off over this issue, further walkouts are possible during the summer.

Traffic wardens may not be the most popular workers in the world, but they are low paid and are often forced to work in choking conditions for hours at a time.

They should at least be allowed to take off their ties!

MARK HILLIER


Pickers picket over rubbish pay

AROUND 100 litter pickers employed by Caerphilly Borough Council in South Wales, who are members of the GMB union, were on strike last Friday in a dispute over bonus payments.

Picketing took place at the two depots, and members of Unison and the TGWU unions refused to cross their workmates’ picket line.

The dispute originated when the council was under Plaid Cymru control and continued when it went back to Labour in the June elections.

HUW WILLIAMS


What’s the catch in this Hull deal?

AROUND 150 angry council workers lobbied Hull’s Guildhall on Friday of last week over pay cuts resulting from job evaluation.

The New Labour council is trying to ram through changes that will see frontline staff like bin workers and social workers lose thousands of pounds a year from their pay packets.

Disgracefully the Unison branch leadership refused to back the protest, and stopped members from taking the banner to the lobby!

This has caused considerable anger amongst Unison members, who have forced the branch to call a mass meeting on 3 August to discuss strike action.

PHIL SANDERSON


MPs back call over fire safety

A COMMITTEE of MPs has recommended retaining threatened fire safety regulations for tube stations following a campaign by the RMT union.

The House of Commons’ Regulatory Reform Committee says laws that lay down minimum staffing levels and other safety standards for underground stations, introduced after the 1987 King’s Cross fire, should be kept.

The original draft of a government change to the regulations would have scrapped those safeguards.


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Sat 31 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1912
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