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Issue No. 2216

Bitter pill for Astra Zeneca

GMB union members at Astra Zeneca are set to strike over plans to close the final salary pension scheme at the pharmaceutical giant.

Each shift will strike for two hours on 8 September.

Further strikes are planned for 15, 22 and 23 September.

Around 500 workers were balloted, with 70 percent of those voting backing strikes.

A meeting of shop stewards was this week set to agree strike dates.

Astra Zeneca is ending its final salary scheme for 2,500 workers mainly based in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Liverpool bus drivers to strike

Hundreds of bus workers at Stagecoach in Merseyside are set to strike this Friday for four days.

The strike is over pay. Around 360 drivers have rejected a pay offer of

2 percent­—because it is below the rate of inflation.

The drivers’ Unite union is demanding at least 3 percent.

Support sacked bus worker

Sacked London bus union activist, Abdul Omer, is facing financial hardship.

His Unite union has set up a financial appeal.

Steve Hart, the union’s regional secretary, says in the appeal, “the dismissal [of Abdul] was not only unfair, but is an attack on our union.”

Already two garages have voted for a ballot for strikes to demand his reinstatement.

lMake cheques payable to “Unite the union” and write “Abdul Omer Appeal” on the back. Send to Unite, “Woodberry”, 218 Green Lanes, London N4 2HB

NHS privatisation is pathological

Unite union members at King’s College hospital, south London, have voted to ballot for industrial action.

The trust management is proposing to privatise the hospital’s pathology services.

It plans to do so by setting up a company in partnership with privateers Serco.

New starters would be solely employed by the new company.

Jaguar workers win concessions

Workers at Browns Lane Veneer Manufacturing Centre in Coventry, West Midlands, have called off planned strike action after winning improved “transfer fees” for moving to a new location.

Workers are being moved to either Castle Bromwich or Solihull after owners Jaguar Land Rover sold the site.

The 370 workers had voted by 63 percent for strike action after being offered a £1,000 transition payment.

This has now been increased to £2,500. Workers will also receive transfer disturbance allowances that likely to average £3,000.

Workers voted to accept the new offer.

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Tue 24 Aug 2010, 17:30 BST
Issue No. 2216
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