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Issue No. 2073

Workers at end of their tether

Workers at a rope and wire manufacturing company in Lanarkshire have struck over pay.

The 37 workers at the Bridon factory in Coatbridge took three days of industrial from Thursday of last week.

The dispute is over a phased shift allowance, which workers were hoping would be introduced this year.

A two-year pay deal was agreed between Bridon and the Unite union last year, with a commitment to enter into dialogue from April 2007 about a new shift allowance.

Tam Connarty, Unite regional industrial organiser, said, “When we met the employer in April this year he only wanted to talk about a shift allowance this year and said he would commence the phasing in period in April next year.”

The workers have also started an overtime ban.

BAA shuts down pension scheme

Airport operator BAA has announced it was closing its final salary pension scheme to new entrants from 1 December.

All the unions representing BAA workers – Unite (T&G section), Unite (Amicus section), Prospect and PCS – expressed their outrage at this move by the company, which they view as a purely cost cutting exercise.

The indications are that the unions are gearing up to fight the company on this issue.

BAA worker

Four times more workplace cancer

The government is seriously underestimating the risk of contracting cancer at work.

A study, published by a team based at Stirling University, says the annual death toll from occupational cancer may be as high as 24,000.

The figure is four times as much as the official estimate.

For the last 25 years the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has estimated that only 4 percent of cancers are work related – resulting in about 6,000 deaths a year.

The report describes the HSE’s recommendations for action as “complacent to non-existent”.

Reject youth work pay cut

Youth and community workers in England and Wales have been offered 2.475 percent on pay, London weighting and fringe allowances.

The Unison union is recommending its members in the sector reject the offer in a consultative process which ends on 1 November.

Rally for trade union freedom

A rally is planned for this Thursday between 4.30pm 7.30pm at the House of Commons.

This is to coincide with on the next reading of the Trade Union Freedom Bill.

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Tue 16 Oct 2007, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2073
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