Workers at the Rolls Royce aerospace plant in Ansty, near Coventry, are to strike for the day next Monday. Skilled engineers at the plant have already taken one day's solid strike action against the company's plan to sack over 1,000 workers and to move work to Bristol and Canada. 'The company has not shifted at all,' says an MSF rep at the plant. 'Everyone is solidly behind more strike action.'
Post Office bosses are in a panic over the rash of unofficial strikes that has swept the industry. Now they have resorted to desperate blackmail. Managing director David Morphey is threatening to hand part of the Post Office and 3,500 jobs to private firm Securicor unless action stops. The only way to meet this outrageous blackmail is for more of the strike action which is driving Post Office bosses mad.
Traffic out of Swansea was paralysed for over an hour by protesters last Saturday. The demonstration was against a giant incinerator being built. Protester Mike Ryan said, 'This incinerator will affect everyone in Swansea. The Labour-controlled council put it here because they think we are a soft touch. We're here to show them we're not.'
Tanker drivers delivering a large part of Britain's petrol could be set for a strike after a ballot backed action. Drivers for the P&O Trans-European fleet want a 5 percent pay rise. The workers drive around a sixth of the country's entire fuel tanker fleet and deliver much of Shell's fuel. 'The drivers are in no mood to compromise,' says TGWU union spokesman Ron Webb. 'They are angry at 15 years of cutbacks while Shell saw profits of £9 billion.'
Oil company BP also announced record profits of £9.7 billion last week, the biggest ever by a British-based company. Days later it announced it is axing jobs to help stuff its coffers even more. The company told over 200 workers at its Baglan Bay refinery in South Wales that they will lose their jobs by the end of the year.
Pensioners protested last week against Barnsley Labour council's plan to introduce charges for wardens in sheltered accommodation. 'Don't think you've seen the last of us-we're coming back,' protesters told councillors.