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Issue No. 1873

Protesting is not a crime

A GLASGOW court has cleared Fatima Uygun of charges resulting from a peaceful occupation of Govanhill swimming pool in August 2001.

The occupation was organised by local residents against the council's plans to close the pool. After police were called in to end the occupation, Fatima was charged with assaulting the police and breach of the peace.

Clean fight for better pay

CLEANERS AT a DSS building in Birkenhead are considering strike action in a dispute over pay.

According to the TGWU union, they are on the lowest legal rates of pay and holiday entitlement. They get just £4.50 an hour with only 12 days holiday entitlement.

The cleaners are demanding 21 days holiday and £5 an hour. Their employer, Mitie Managed Services, rejected their claim.

Phil Jordan case is dropped

THE CHAIR of the Fire Brigades Union in the south west of England has had serious disciplinary charges against him dropped.

Phil Jordan had refused to go on a driving course because it would have left his station without adequate cover. Management charged him with disobeying an order. But the case has now been dropped following a campaign by the Fire Brigades Union.

Placing premium on action

INSURANCE company Direct Line want to sack 150 workers from their call centres in Croydon, Surrey and Pudsey, West Yorkshire.

Finance union Unifi has organised a ballot for strike action. The ballot is set to close on 20 October. If workers take action it will be the first ever strike at Direct Line.

According to Unifi official Rob MacGregor, 'Workers feel betrayed by management and are in the mood for action.'

Bus workers voice grievances

BUS WORKERS in Warrington are awaiting the outcome of talks in their dispute.

A strike due to take place last Friday was called off when bosses said they might be willing to come up with an improved deal.

One steward told Socialist Worker, 'They have got to listen to us about our grievances regarding pay and worsening conditions. If they don't there will be more action.'

Planners shake Lakes bosses

PLANNERS working for the Lake District National Park planning office have won a victory over their bosses by threatening to stage their first ever strike.

A reorganisation meant that employers wanted to cut planners' jobs from ten to eight. But the authority backed down when threatened with action and vacant posts are now being filled.

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Sat 18 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1873
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