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700 fight to save service

Issue No. 1779

Some 700 council workers in the east London borough of Waltham Forest struck for 24 hours on Tuesday of last week. The action, by workers in the social services department, was against cuts planned by the Labour council, and in defence of jobs. There were good picket lines, and a lobby of the council was planned for this week.

It's just the ticket

Traffic Wardens in the London borough of Waltham Forest, employed by private firm Sureway Parking, have won a big pay rise after threatening industrial action.

Their TGWU union says it has secured a 44.7 percent increase over two years. Basic pay will rise from £5.85 an hour to £7 an hour, and then to £7.82 an hour in the second year of the deal.

TGWU regional organiser Paul Fawcett says, 'This award is the right one for an undervalued group of workers who have a difficult but important job to do.'

Set course for pay rise

North Sea helicopter pilots have been offered a big increase in basic pay after threatening strike action. They will now ballot on the offer. If the deal is accepted the 200 pilots at Bristow helicopters will now move towards parity with pilots of fixed-wing aircraft.

This latest breakthrough follows another pay rise for North Sea helicopter pilots who work for CHC Scotia.

3 strikes & still out

Hackney council workers in east London remain in the middle of a major dispute with their employer. But in one good sign, management has dropped all charges against UNISON union branch secretary John Page for alleged 'misuse of the email'.

Library workers held their third one-day strike last Saturday in protest at the withdrawal of Saturday enhancements. Another strike is planned for this Saturday.

Delay for ferry strike

A strike by Caledonian Macbrayne (Calmac) workers, scheduled to start on Monday, has been delayed for a week. The action is in protest at different pay rules for pier hands on the Clyde and on the Western Isles routes.

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Sat 15 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1779
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