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Welded together by solidarity

Issue No. 1917

SACKED STEEL erectors at the Wembley Stadium site returned to the picket lines after the bank holiday, boosted by the news that the Amicus union had announced its intention to declare the dispute official.

A mass turnout of the men was expected on Wednesday, when they were hopeful of bringing the site to a standstill.

Attempts by the company to recruit a new workforce have foundered on the solidarity of men from as far away as Scotland and Holland.

They were offered work and informed the dispute was sorted. But when they saw the picket line they refused to cross.

No steel has been erected since the workforce was thrown off site.


Two-day walkout over pay con

OVER 3,000 industrial and farming workers employed by the Prison Service struck for two days on Tuesday and Wednesday.

They are resisting the imposition of a 1 percent pay rise. The first strike in the prison service for two decades took place in May of this year. The TGWU, Amicus, GMB and Ucatt unions are considering further action.

Council silenced by stoppage

LIBRARY STAFF in County Durham struck for 24 hours last Saturday in a dispute over bank holiday working.

The members of the Unison union are incensed at a management instruction to work on more bank holiday Saturdays throughout the year.

The workers held an earlier and equally successful strike over the spring bank holiday.

Staff have already accepted some changes to their conditions, but have drawn the line at extra bank holiday working.

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Sat 4 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1917
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