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Serviceair ballots over victimisation

WORKERS AT Gatwick airport company Serviceair are balloting for industrial action over the victimisation of a senior steward they are convinced is being targeted for the sack.

The ballot is to close in mid-September, and the TGWU union is confident of a yes vote. This is a serious attack on union organisation. The outcome could set the tone for future industrial relations throughout the airport.

FBU result shows anger at the base

THE VOTE for a Fire Brigades Union (FBU) executive member for the West Midlands shows the continuing anger at the base of the union over the way its leaders handled the two-year pay dispute.

John Vernon defeated the incumbent, Dave Whatton, by 628 votes to 626. Whatton was closely associated with the strategy pursued by the FBU’s leadership during the course of the dispute.

Spirit of Burston strike lives on

ABOUT 500 people attended the 90th anniversary celebration of the Burston School strike, the longest-running strike in British history.

All the speakers stressed what a great opportunity the European Social Forum in London was to fight the “captains of capital”.

Representatives of the TUC did not cut much ice when they called for support for Blair’s government.

But Jeremy Corbyn, the left wing Labour MP, was warmly applauded for saying that the inspiration of the Burston strike lives on in the school students who walked out over the Iraq war.

Hackney lecturers get set to walk out

NATFHE UNION members at Hackney Community College are due to strike on Thursday of next week against planned job cuts at the college.

“College management are cutting 49 full time equivalent posts across the college,” explained one worker.

“But given the number of workers in further eduction who work part time, far more than 49 people are likely to be affected.”

More strikes are planned if the college management does not back down. Unison members are currently balloting to join them.

Thousands protest at hospital cuts

SOME 4,000 people demonstrated at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Scotland on Saturday.

The protesters linked arms around the hospital building to protest at cuts introduced by Argyle and Clyde Health Board.

The Vale hospital is a vital service for people living in Dumbarton, Helensburgh, and areas further afield like Oban.

Users are now expected to go to Paisley for acute primary healthcare.

The local Labour Party has recently tried to hijack the hospital campaign.

But two New Labour representatives, John McFall MP and Jackie Ballard MSP, were booed when they spoke at the protests.

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Sat 11 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1918
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