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Issue No. 2215

We want more than chicken feed

Workers at a chicken-processing plant on Anglesey, North Wales, are balloting for strikes after rejecting a pay offer.

Meat firm Vion offered below inflation increases of between 1.5 and 2 percent.

The Unite union says workers at the plant in Llangefni are paid close to the minimum wage, and that Vion is a profitable company.

Around 160 union members are involved in the ballot.

Pay freeze gets electric shock

Workers at Honeywell MK in North Wales have begun a strike ballot over a management imposed pay freeze for this year.

Workers at the electrical distribution company in St Asaph rejected a three year pay deal of 0 percent this year, followed by 2 percent in 2011 and 2.5 percent in 2012.

The ballot of around 100 staff in the Unite and GMB unions began on 16 August and closes at the end of the month.

Defending the NHS in Welwyn

Welwyn & Hatfield Keep Our NHS Public campaign is holding a public meeting to oppose the downgrading of QEII hospital services and the privatisation of the NHS in Hertfordshire. Local Tory MP Grant Shapps was re-elected on the back of promises to save both the QEII’s A&E and maternity unit.

Public Meeting: Monday 6 September, 7.30—9.30pm at William Cecil Memorial Hall, 1 French Horn Lane, Hatfield, AL10 8AQ.

South London healthcare ballot

Workers who transport patients at South London Heathcare NHS Trust are being balloted for strikes after their work was outsourced to a private company.

Savoy Ventures Ltd have told 78 GMB members who are due to be transferred from the London Ambulance Service that they will not be honouring existing pay and conditions.

Savoy will remove workers’ outer London weighting, worth up to £4,100 a year, end the final salary pension scheme and change shift patterns.

Savoy also say they will not recognise workers’ unions.

The new contract begins from 1 September.

The GMB is balloting for strikes with the demand that the contract is cancelled.

Metroline pay freeze rejected

Workers at Metroline bus company in north London have rejected a pay freeze.

In a consultative ballot last Friday workers voted against the pay deal by 1458 votes to 32—a 98 percent rejection.

The workers’ Unite union should move immediately to sanction a ballot for hard hitting strikes.

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Tue 17 Aug 2010, 18:05 BST
Issue No. 2215
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