WORKERS AT Chivas Regal whisky plants across Scotland are striking over pay in a series of one-day strikes. The 1,000-strong workforce, who are members of the GMB, AEEU and MSF unions, were angered when management put forward a one-off payment of £650. The two one-day strikes have been 100 percent solid.
At the bottling plant in Paisley the 250 strikers gained solidarity from postal workers, delivery workers and contractors who refused to cross the picket line.
IAN MITCHELL, West of Scotland SSP organiser
Secretaries win backing
OVER 300 medical secretaries in Glasgow struck over pay for five days last week. Medical secretaries in Lothian are also balloting for action.
A solidarity meeting on Monday of last week saw over 30 people pledge to set up a solidarity network to publicise the dispute and raise financial support.
Scottish campaign against privatisation conference, Saturday 13 October, 1-4pm, City Halls, Albion Street, Glasgow.
UK Coal has enough cash
MINERS AT the striking Rossington mine near Doncaster have voted to continue their strike in a second ballot. They are about to start their eighth week of all-out strike.
The reason for the ballot was to overcome the threat of being sacked after eight weeks under New Labour's employment laws. Bosses at UK Coal have announced a £7.3 million handout to shareholders. It shows they could meet the strikers' demands over bonuses.
Messages of support and donations: NUM, Rossington Miners Welfare, West End Lane, Rossington, South Yorkshire.
We want a new school
AROUND 65 parents crammed into a Lewisham education consultation meeting in Deptford, south London, last week to press for a new secondary school because of a shortage of places.
Parents revealed shocking selective procedures adopted by several schools in the area. The council claims it is 'against selection', and plans to build a new sixth form centre on the site of a failed 'fresh start' secondary school. Parents are very angry that a new comprehensive school is not being built on the existing site.
Around 150 pupils are still trying to find out whether they have a secondary school place.