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Issue No. 1885

'SERCO IS a company that puts profit before people.'

So says a tram driver from the Manchester Metrolink, who was out on strike last weekend to get the company to recognise the Aslef train drivers' union.

The tram drivers signed up to Aslef in the hope it would lead to a fight over pay. They are up against one of the arch-privateers in Britain, Serco.

The company specialises in making profits from PFI and privatisation by holding down pay and conditions.

Other strikers pointed out last Saturday, 'We got a 100 percent ballot result for this strike. More than a quarter of the workforce is here on the picket line this morning to show we are backing the dispute.'


    Tyne & Wear Metro

    WORKERS ON Tyneside's Metro system struck on Sunday and Monday.

    Around 500 workers in the RMT and Amicus unions walked out for 24 hours, angry that management have not honoured a pay deal which would also have reduced working hours from 37 to 35 a week.

    Strikes set before Christmas were called off on the basis of a deal agreed between unions and management. But workers threw out the deal as not giving them what they wanted, and triggered this week's action.

    The pay strike comes on the back of workers having shown their strength by winning a recent victory through swift, and unofficial, strikes. They forced management to reinstate a sacked worker.

    One striker on Monday said, 'Now that we have started this action we have to carry on with it and step up action. We cannot let things slide back.'


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    Sat 24 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1885
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