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Issue No. 2113

GMB ballot shakes Sellafield

Some 2,400 workers in the GMB union at Sellafield in Cumbria will begin balloting for industrial action from 11 August over a below-inflation pay offer of two percent.

The ballot will run for three weeks with a result expected by 1 September.

Union officials are expecting a vote for action. Steve Gibbons, regional organiser for the GMB, said, “Hopefully the company will see sense and improve their offer.

“We are hoping for improvements from April this year. There is no guarantee of a bonus but we want an upfront offer. Under their offer workers would not be likely to get a bonus until May or June. We want inflation plus a percentage deal.”

Will workers menace bosses?

A proposed strike at Beano publisher DC Thomson’s local newspaper division has been postponed following talks held on Wednesday of last week.

Strike action was due to begin last Saturday over the rejection of a 3 percent pay offer for workers. 

Norman King from the Unite union confirmed that action had been suspended due to ongoing talks.

The union remains in talks with the company at a local level with a further meeting arranged for 13 August.

Balpa workers set to strike

Thirty three GMB members who work at the British Air Line Pilots’ Association (Balpa) in West Drayton, near Heathrow Airport, have voted by 85 percent for strike action over imposed changes to their final salary pension scheme and the imposition of a pay rise.

This is the first time in the history of Balpa that it faces industrial action by its own staff. The strike action is due to start on Wednesday of this week.

Yunus hearing is coming up

Yunus Bakhsh – the high profile nurse and activist who has been sacked for his trade union activities and victimised by his Unison union – is due to face a hearing with Unison early in September.

Send donations to Defend Yunus Bakhsh Campaign, c/o 46c Lawe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2EN.

Sacked firefighter wins job back

Kevin Ogilvie, the firefighter from Aberdeen who was sacked after 22 years’ service for being overweight, has won his job back after a threat of strike action by his colleagues.

The move was welcomed by the FBU union. Kenny Ross, Scottish secretary of the union, described the reinstatement of Kevin, who was a union branch official, as “a terrific result”.

Ross added that Grampian Fire and Rescue Service had also agreed to reconsider how it handles cases like these in the future.

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Tue 5 Aug 2008, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2113
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