The threat of strike action has forced Arriva to offer bus drivers in Wycombe a 7.8 percent pay rise and an hour cut in the working week. The 120 drivers, members of the TGWU union, had voted by 69 percent to strike unless they got a decent rise.
Workers at the BMW plant in Cowley, near Oxford, are to re-ballot on the company's pay and conditions offer. The workers rejected the union-backed deal by a majority of 46 and a mass meeting backed a re-vote.
Hundreds of workers stopped production last week at the Body Plant at Ford Dagenham in Essex. Heating at the plant had collapsed, leaving workers freezing, but management wanted workers to continue. Several workers led a contingent to the foreman's office saying they weren't moving until the heating was restored. They occupied the office for two hours and only resumed work after the heating came back on. The protest comes after a strike ballot to stop the plant's closure was lost. One shop steward said, 'It shows that despite the terrible recent ballot result people haven't been totally smashed. We need to keep this kind of spirit alive.'