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Issue No. 1767

P&O TANKER drivers struck on Monday in a battle against pay cuts. Around 80 drivers took part in the action. They are based at Ellesmere Port, Immingham, Middlesbrough and Thurrock.

They are opposing new contracts which will slash pay by up to 11 percent. Drivers are particularly angry because the pay cut demand came as P&O announced operating profits were up 60 percent. Further action is planned next Monday.

ENGINEERS AT Mercedes Benz, the major Daimler Chrysler owned garage in west London, have accepted in principle revised terms and conditions for a new shift working system.

Workers have been out on strike on several days over the past two weeks against the imposition of unacceptable new contracts. 'This wasn't what we wanted,' says TGWU organiser Tom Chinnery, 'but it is better than the original offer. The men and women fought a terrific fight.' 'Management will think twice before taking any of them on again.'

THE JUSTICE for Restaurant Workers campaign has organised a fundraising showing of Bread And Roses, the brilliant film by Ken Loach about the struggle of immigrant workers in the US for union rights.

Justice for Restaurant Workers was set up during the fight of four Chinese waiters in Chinatown in London for union recognition.

The film is being shown at the Metro Cinema, 1 Rupert Street, London W1, at 11am on Sunday 7 October. Tickets cost £4 waged, £2.50 unwaged. Phone 07904 157 779.

A VERY successful lobby was held last Tuesday, 11 September, in support of one of Camden's parking attendants currently suspended for trade union activities. Shop steward Marcus Xbah-Rah was suspended for trying to recruit new workers to the union.

Another shop steward, Matthew Saunders, is also facing disciplinary action. APCOA is the multinational giant that took over running street parking in Camden last year.

The firm is openly hostile to the union. There is now the start of a campaign calling for the company to be removed from the contract, and petitions are being circulated.

Send messages of support to Camden UNISON, 59 Phoenix Road, Brill Place, NW1 1ES. Phone 020 7911 1633. Fax 020 7387 1599.

MANCHESTER City Council voted to close Gorton Tub on Wednesday of last week despite overwhelming community opposition. Forty campaigners occupied the council chamber. The Tub closed the same afternoon.

A public meeting will be held next week to fight the cuts in Gorton. Phone 07786 011 752 or 07966 727 039 for details.

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Sat 22 Sep 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1767
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