Fresh strikes at the Royal Mint
WORKERS AT the Royal Mint in South Wales are staging a series of one-day strikes over pay and have started an overtime ban. Last year workers at the Llantrisant plant endured a pay freeze and mass redundancies. They are angry that bosses have only offered a 3 percent rise this year or 9 percent over a three year-period.
Around 500 Amicus members at the site are taking part in the strikes-the first one took place on Wednesday of last week.
Fighting mood reported at Emap
NUJ MEMBERS at Emap Healthcare/PSM in north London held a successful half-day mandatory meeting in work time last week, at which they voted overwhelmingly to escalate their fight for better pay.
The chapel has timetabled two one-day strikes on the press days of two big magazines-Nursing Times and Health Service Journal-which will each be preceded by one-day mandatory meetings to prevent management moving publication dates forward.
This amounts to four consecutive days of action, starting on 30 October.
DAVE CROUCH (personal capacity)
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Ready to test their metal
MASS MEETINGS took place last week to fight the closure of the Hydro Aluminium Motorcast plant in Leeds. Membership has pledged 100 percent support for the Amicus shop stewards in their fight to save the 600 jobs on the site. They have been given a clear mandate to take whatever action is necessary to save the plant.
This is part of the ongoing crisis in UK manufacturing and follows redundancies in other parts of the motor component industry. Only last week Federal mogul Bradford announced over 400 redundancies.
RAY JONES, senior shop steward
Elections could transform Amicus
THE LEFT wing Amicus Unity Gazette will contest every constituency for the national executive in the upcoming Amicus union elections. There are signs that the Amicus Unity Gazette candidates got more nominations from branches and workplaces than the right wing candidates. Only one left candidate failed to get enough nominations to stand out of the whole list.
The left wants to transform the union into a fighting, democratic one. The elections begin in November and run through to December.
How to stop low pay in its tracks
TRAIN CLEANERS from the Carlisle group are set to strike against low pay. The RMT rail workers' union have set dates for two 24-hour strikes, beginning on 27 October and 10 November after a 96 to eight ballot in favour of action.