SOME 2,400 workers at the Sellafield nuclear plant have voted overwhelmingly for strike action. Their employer, BNFL, promised in 1999 to equalise pay between blue collar and white collar workers at the plant by April 2004. But BNFL now say that the £2,000 pay gap will remain until April 2009.
If the action goes ahead it will be the first strike in the nuclear industry for 30 years.
Growing anger at Blindcraft factory
WORKERS AT the Edinburgh Blindcraft factory have voted to strike. Over 80 percent of members of the ISTC union voted for strike action. The factory, which produces beds, wire and PVC windows, employs people with disabilities and is owned by Edinburgh council.
Workers at the factory fear they could lose their jobs after the council allowed it to run up £2 million of debt.
Defending jobs in Islington
MEMBERS OF the Unison trade union have voted by a large majority for action at the Highbury Resource Centre in North London. Last week's ballot has forced management at the centre to enter negotiations with the union. The dispute began when a review by managers led to seven positions being cut and the rest of the staff being forced to undergo interviews to hold on to their jobs.
Mike Calvert, the Unison assistant branch secretary, said, 'Islington social services must now recognise that Unison is serious about defending our jobs and services. 'No responsible trade union can consider such an attack on the fundamental rights of its members and we will not accept these proposals.'
Carlile Group strike on hold
THE RMT rail workers' union has suspended a strike planned for Tuesday of this week following a pay offer. The workers were cleaners employed by the Carlile Group. Workers recently voted by 12 to one for strikes to improve their appalling levels of pay at a company that has £110 million worth of contracts with a dozen train operating companies.
Emap journalists escalate action
JOURNALISTS AT Emap in north London voted this week to escalate their industrial action. Management piled pressure onto individual journalists to produce magazines in a week shortened by strikes. But the anti trade union laws prevented us from all leaving the building at the same time.
So we decided by a unanimous vote to postpone this Thursday and Friday's planned action for one week and to add in an extra three days of day-long mandatory union meetings.
There will be one-day strikes on Tuesday and Friday next week. This escalation illustrates once more how strongly union members feel about their treatment by Emap.