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Issue No. 2106

Firefighters to ground airlines

Firefighters in the Unite union at the Highland and Islands Airports in Scotland are to strike on Monday of next week and Friday 4 July after a breakdown in pay talks.

Unite had called off industrial action set for 9 June and joined meetings at the Acas negotiating service.

However the employers claim their hands are tied by the Scottish government and an agreement cannot be reached.

The strike will affect services at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick airports.

Fight the cuts in the HMRC

Management in the Revenue and Customs government department last week announced the closure of a further 95 offices across Britain, hitting the jobs of a further 12,500 staff.

This will bring the total number of Revenue and Customs offices earmarked for closure to 260.

Many of the offices involved are in remote areas and their closure will mean that many of the most vulnerable in society will be unable to access advice and help with issues such as tax credits.

Since its announcement in 2004 to axe 25,000 jobs in the department, management has managed to shed 15,000 staff.

It is imperative that not just PCS civil service workers’ union members continue to campaign against the office closures and job cuts.

Marianne Owens, PCS Revenue and Customs executive (pc)

Standing up for Eddie Fleming

Eddie Fleming, the PCS civil service workers’ union Child Support Agency Hastings branch chair, who was sacked by management is taking his case to an employment tribunal on Wednesday of next week.

The charges against Eddie all relate to trade union duties – attending meetings to represent members individually and collectively, including those where hundreds of jobs could have been at risk.

Management at his office has also allowed a member of the fascist British National Party to stand in a recent council election.

Demonstrate at Eddie Fleming’s employment tribunal, 9am, Wednesday 25 June, Ashford House, 15 County Square, Ashford, Kent

BAA workers pensions ballot

Unions at BAA, the airport operator, are balloting their members over a new, inferior pension scheme that the company wants to introduce for new staff.

The stakes are high because the company has already shut the existing scheme to new members and rejection of its new pension scheme will almost certainly trigger an industrial action ballot. The ballot is due to close on Friday of this week.

BAA worker

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Tue 17 Jun 2008, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2106
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