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Issue No. 2115

Technicians begin rolling strikes

Over 150 workers at the Nortel company in Monkstown, County Antrim, struck for half a day on Monday of this week over pay.

The technicians in the Unite union at the telecommunications company struck after pay talks collapsed.

Terry Collins of Unite said that workers would strike for half a day every Monday until the dispute was resolved.

“It is time our members were paid back for all their efforts,” he said.

“We have been working closely with the company over the past 18 months on ‘lean manufacturing’ and have made £3 million in savings at the Monkstown plant.”

Telecom workers to strike over pay

Around 200 telecom workers on the Isle of Man are set to strike on Friday of this week after members of the CWU union overwhelmingly rejected a below-inflation pay offer and backed calls for action.

The strike will be followed by action short of a strike

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said, “Below inflation pay offers are not acceptable, particularly when workers are experiencing sharp rises in the cost of living.”

Manx Telecom bosses offered their workers just 4.1 percent, while latest figures put inflation at 6.5 percent on the Isle of Man.

Threat to jobs at Bishop Auckland

Management at Bishop Auckland college in Durham have issued a legal notice to the UCU lecturers’ union, threatening to sack 305 staff and re-employ them on worse terms and conditions.

It has declared that any workers who do not accept the new terms and conditions will be sacked. As lecturers are on their summer break they are currently unaware of this threat to their jobs.

Iain Owens, a UCU regional official, said, “The proper way to conduct industrial relations is to sit down and talk.

“This is unnecessary macho posturing, and UCU will not sit back and allow our members to be treated in such an appalling fashion.”

Journalists say more staff needed

Members of the NUJ journalists’ union at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail are balloting for industrial action over unsustainably low levels of staffing at the papers.

Workers at the Trinity Mirror titles currently have to cover extra duties because the company isn’t replacing staff who leave.

Paul Holleran, the NUJ Scottish regional organiser, said, “Trinity Mirror needs to stop chasing its share price and instead concentrate on investing in quality newspapers that will deliver long-term profits.

“The company needs to put money into journalism if it is to deliver a sustainable future for its newspaper businesses.”

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Tue 19 Aug 2008, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2115
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