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Issue No. 2109

Last call for new pay offer

Cleaners in the Unite union working for Initial Air Services at Manchester Airport will strike for three days from Thursday of next week over pay.

The strike will take place between 6am on Thursday of next week until 6am on Sunday following the company’s decision to impose a 2 percent pay offer rejected by workers.

Workers voted by 95 percent for action. Unite organiser Sharon Cowell said, “This dispute could be resolved if the company returns to the table with a reasonable pay offer in a bid to resolve the dispute.”

Unite members are planning further industrial action from 22 to 24 July unless a new offer is made.

Stop the bosses having a dig at us

Workers at JCB in Wrexham are set to start an overtime ban on Wednesday of this week. The company axed 56 jobs after a consultation that started in April.

The GMB union is not satisfied with the way workers were selected for redundancy and wants to re-examine the cases of 18 workers who they say were compulsorily dismissed.

The union does not accept that sickness absences – which can be caused by injuries sustained at work – should be considered as part of the process.

Nor does the union accept permanent staff being selected for redundancy ahead of temporary staff hired knowing their contracts would be terminated.

Sellafield workers start ballot

Thousands of nuclear power workers in Cumbria are being balloted for industrial action over pay.

Some 96 percent of workers in the GMB, Prospect and Unite unions at Sellafield rejected a 2 percent pay offer. Prospect described the offer as the “worst” it had ever received.

The ballot will ask members if they are prepared to take strike action, and if they will take action short of strikes.

GMB convenor Peter Kane said, “We are seeking a yes-yes vote. This will give us an option to take whatever action we feel would have the most effect.”

New waste firm is rubbish

Street cleaners in Waltham Forest, east London, voted at a mass meeting last week to pursue strike action after Kier, their new employer, brought in 30 workers from Bromley council to work over the weekend.

Kier have sacked all 90 agency staff, halving the workforce, and banned all overtime. Street cleaners earn £7.40 an hour and rely on overtime to get by.

Unite union steward Tommy Anderson said that three workers have since had repossession notices served on their houses.

The cleaners have been told to ignore side roads, leading to over 2,000 complaints about rubbish in the streets.

Mike Barton

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Tue 8 Jul 2008, 19:08 BST
Issue No. 2109
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