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Pay gap triggers nuclear reaction

Issue No. 1877

OVER 2,000 workers at the Sellafield nuclear plant were set to strike on Friday of this week.

Their employer, BNFL, promised to end the £2,000 pay gap between blue collar and white collar workers at the plant by April 2004. But they are now refusing to meet this deadline.

If they go ahead the strikes will be the first in the nuclear industry for 30 years.


Tube workers plan strike action

TUBE DRIVERS in the RMT union at Edgware Road depot were set to strike for 24 hours from 9.30pm on Thursday this week.

The action is to win reinstatement for Chris Barrett, an Edgware Road driver who was sacked while off sick after he followed his doctor's advice over how to get fit to return to work.


Mediclean pay makes us sick

PORTERING AND domestic staff at North Manchester General Hospital have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action.

Health workers employed by the same company, ISS Mediclean, in Bolton took successful action in support of their pay claim a few weeks ago. The North Manchester health workers have demanded a similar offer.

ISS Mediclean colleagues employed within the same trust at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury are likely to mount a similar campaign.
KAREN REISSMANN


Balloting to hold bank to account

WORKERS ARE set to ballot for strike action at a Lloyds TSB call centre in Newcastle.

The company has told workers that the call centre, which employs around 1,000 people, is being moved to Bangalore, India.

The ballot is set to close on 8 December. If workers vote for action there could be strikes towards the end of the year.


Clarke has lost his faculties

EDUCATION secretary Charles Clarke visited Cambridge University on Thursday 6 November.

Clarke, a former student at the university, was greeted by a group of around 60 students. They made it clear that they did not approve of his visit or his policy to introduce top-up fees.

Students demonstrated from the law faculty to the maths faculty. The demonstration shows the mood against attacks on students following the 30,000-strong NUS demonstration in October.
CINAN ALTUN


Blindcraft workers ready to walk

WORKERS AT the Blindcraft factory in Edinburgh have voted four to one in favour of walkouts to prevent job losses.

The factory, which employs many disabled workers, lost £2.3 million last year. Union members at the factory are unhappy the way the factory has been run. They are set to stage a two-hour stoppage next week and a half-day stoppage a week later.


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Sat 15 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1877
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