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Issue No. 1914

SOME 4,500 members of the GPMU union in the paper industry have voted for industrial action over pay.

They have already rejected the latest offer from the employers’ body—the Confederation of Paper Industries—of just a 2.85 percent rise.

GPMU national officials are seeking talk with the employers.

Nottingham Uni sent to Coventry

THE UNIVERSITY lecturers’ AUT union is to implement a boycott of academic contacts with Nottingham University unless management begins negotiations on pay and grading before 20 September.

The university has refused to honour a previous pledge to negotiate in line with the settlement the union agreed with national employers’ representatives.

The latest offer at Nottingham is performance-related pay for staff. It would reduce earnings for some staff by £9,500 over six years and remove entitlements to the national university pension scheme for others.

The dispute is an important test case for the AUT. The national deal was the result of very effective strike action, but it depends on local implementation.

Dracula in visit to blood bank

SOME 200 Unison union members in Hull were astonished to find council leader Colin Inglis had been invited to their mass meeting to discuss job evaluation pay cuts.

Inglis took up over an hour of the meeting’s time. Angry members voted for a strike ballot and threw out attempts to delay any action until September.

Members held another lunchtime protest on Friday of last week outside the Guildhall council building. An activists’ meeting is being held this week to organise to win the ballot.
Phil Sanderson

Development in park campaign

CAMPAIGNERS against the destruction of a wild open space by a local property developer in Weymouth, Dorset, are celebrating after the department for the environment ruled in their favour.

The developer has been ordered to reinstate the damage he has done and maintain the fields for 14 years.

This is the first use of the Town Green legislation nationally, and the first time that this property developer has been stopped.
Tim Nicholls

Make cuts in haste, repent at...

OVER 1,300 people have signed a petition to save the Ladywell leisure centre in south east London and the campaign held an 80-strong public meeting last week.

The meeting had a very lively discussion, and we are now building for a big lobby of the next full council meeting on 15 September. Lots of people have said they will petition their streets.
Ian Crosson

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Sat 14 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1914
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