Single Status strike ballot
Some 1,500 workers in the Unison union at Argyll and Bute council are to hold a strike ballot over single status.
Last month council workers were issued with new contracts, but Unison and other trade unions recommended their members did not sign them.
Last week those workers who did not sign their contracts were issued with dismissal notices from the council.
Donald Brown, chair of Unison’s Argyll and Bute Council branch, said, “We hope that if we take industrial action it will bring the council back around the negotiating table.”
Refuse workers win concessions
Refuse workers in Eastleigh in Hampshire have voted with an overwhelming majority to halt industrial action after forcing concessions out of Eastleigh Borough Council.
Under the agreement the workers will continue to work under the task and finish principle which they were fighting to protect, but they have come to a compromise regarding overtime payments.
FBU set to fight over pensions
A row that could lead to strike action is brewing in the fire service over an astonishing decision to stop paying pensions to three firefighters who had retired on grounds of ill health.
The decision to cease payments, which left the three individuals without a job or a pension, came as a result of new guidance over firefighter pensions issued by the department for communities and local government.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said, “Many FBU brigade committees have concluded that national strike action may be the only way to resolve this dispute”.
He called on all FBU branches to meet to discuss the issue, “including the possible need for industrial action.”
The London region is due to discuss a resolution that condemns the new guidelines and calls for a national strike ballot if the situation is not dealt with next month.
Celtic tackle John Reid on war
Former Defence Secretary John Reid was denounced as a “war criminal” at Celtic Football Club’s AGM in Glasgow on Monday of last week.
Shareholders criticised Reid for his involvement in the war in Iraq. The Stop the War Coalition among
others, had leafleted supporters when Reid’s appointment was announced.
Keir McKechnie from the Glasgow Stop the War Coalition said that opposition to Reid’s appointment would continue because the majority of football fans in Britain were against the war and they deserved to have their feelings known.