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We won't accept second class pay

Issue No. 1880

DRIVERS IN the Aslef train drivers' union on the Gatwick Express struck solidly on Friday of last week.

The action by the 60 drivers hit the service between London and Gatwick airport hard.

The drivers are fighting for a 6 percent pay rise this year, rather than a two-year deal full of strings, which is what the company is offering.

Talks were expected to take place this week. Aslef has set three further strike dates: next Monday, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


No bullying, say disabled staff

WORKERS AT the Blindcraft factory in Edinburgh staged their second strike last week.

Over 70 blind and disabled workers walked out in protest at the way Edinburgh council has managed the firm.

The half-day stoppage could be followed by others at the plant, which manufactures PVC windows, beds and wire products.

Members of the National League of the Blind and Disabled (NLBD) backed industrial action by four to one in a ballot.

The ISTC union (which includes the NLBD) has been in talks with the council. Strikes reached critical mass


HUNDREDS OF workers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant struck on Friday of last week for the third time in a dispute over pay.

The 350 members of the GMB and Amicus unions were also due to strike again on Monday of next week.

But that strike has now been suspended while union leaders and management take part in talks at ACAS.

The central issue is management reneging on an agreement to close a £2,000 pay gap between white collar and manual workers.


Bosses won't even consult

STAFF IN the Unison union at the Highbury Resource Centre in north London struck on Monday and Tuesday of last week.

They are angry over changes Islington council is imposing, which mean redundancies and changed job descriptions, as part of a reorganisation of services.

The staff work with people with learning disabilities and are determined to ensure their service is defended.


Help! We need some money

SOME 120 baggage handlers at the Liverpool John Lennon airport are set to strike on Monday of next week against plans to cut their pay by 40 percent.

The workers in the GMB union voted in a ballot for a series of walk-outs.


Vote against highway robbery

BUS DRIVERS in Barrow and south west Cumbria have voted by ten to one against a pay offer deal.

The Stagecoach company is offering workers a 3.5 percent rise at most depots. The small section of engineers and bus cleaners have accepted, but the drivers overwhelmingly said no.


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Sat 6 Dec 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1880
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