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Issue No. 2104

Reel anger frames action

Projectionists in the Bectu union at Odeon Cinemas have voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposed realignment of the payroll system.

Management wants to pay all staff in arrears although many Bectu members believed that this was already the case.

Staff would receive a two-week shortfall in pay in the month of implementation.

Odeon has offered to make an interim loan payment to make up the shortfall. This would have to be repaid by the end of the year.

Lou George, a Bectu national official, said, “Members are being asked to choose between getting paid for only two weeks out of four or putting themselves in debt to the company, neither of which is acceptable to Bectu.”

Bectu officials are now due to hold a meeting with management.


Standing up for call centre staff

A well-attended meeting of CWU union members at Pell and Bales, a call centre in Old Street, central London, launched a campaign to defend a fellow worker last week.

The caller was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing following a complaint made about him during training.

For asking some pertinent questions, he was accused of “playing to the crowd” and “scowling at the carpet”.

Many colleagues have signed a petition calling for the charges to be dropped.

Pat Carmody, CWU member


Station staff ballot for action

Over 300 members of the RMT and TSSA rail workers’ unions at some of Britain’s biggest railway stations managed by Network Rail are balloting for industrial action over the harmonisation of pay and conditions arising from a reorganisation.

The ballot closes on Wednesday of next week.

It follows Network Rail’s failure to guarantee that there will be no compulsory redundancies, lack of commitment on harmonisation of terms and conditions for all station staff, and a breach of bargaining procedures.

The staff involved in the dispute work at stations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London’s Paddington, Euston and Kings Cross.


Strike day set at Fujitsu

Members of the CWU union at Fujitsu’s Birmingham plant are set to strike for 24 hours next Monday in protest at plans to cut 150 jobs.

Workers at Fujitsu, in Solihull, will walk out on 9 June after management announced plans to move work to a plant in Texas.

The CWU said negotiations with management had failed to reach a solution.

National official Grace Mitchell said, “We will continue to work tirelessly to keep jobs in Birmingham.”


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Tue 3 Jun 2008, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2104
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