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Strikes go centre stage

Issue No. 1776

Backstage staff at the Royal Shakespeare Company, based in London, have voted to take strike action at Christmas. The workers, members of the BECTU union, voted by nine to one in favour of strikes.

They are angry at management plans to abandon the theatre company's base in London. Up to 60 jobs could be slashed as a result of the changes.

Improved energy deal

Workers at British Energy have won an improved pay deal after threatening strike action.

Around 4,000 workers at Britain's biggest nuclear power producer had been set to strike for the day on Monday of this week.

But bosses upped their pay offer from 1.9 percent to 3 percent. The deal is now being voted on by workers. All five unions representing the workers are recommending acceptance of the deal.

Around 40 building workers in the TGWU and UCATT unions held a protest outside Hull Crown Court on Friday of last week. They were protesting at the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service not to prosecute bosses who owned a warehouse that collapsed in April last year and killed three workers.

The building was known to be unsafe and warnings had already been issued. Protesters also blocked the main road outside the court for a few minutes.

Success at Stagecoach

BUS DRIVERS in Hastings, members of the TGWU union, are voting on an improved offer from boss Stagecoach. Andrew Dyer, the managing director, has offered drivers an 11p an hour pay rise and the reinstatement of sick pay. This shows the success of their series of one-day strikes.

Officials get hammered

The result of Scottish Power's latest offer to its workers was due this week. There were a series of angry mass meetings last week-with 300 attending in both Edinburgh and Motherwell, 350 in Runcorn and 200 in North Wales. One steward said, 'The officials got hammered from the floor. The members made clear that they wanted to strike to defend jobs.'

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Sat 24 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1776
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