SOME 4,500 workers at Peugeot have been balloting for industrial action over pay. A ballot in December rejected the company's offer (worth 7.2 percent over two years) by 90 percent. The company said it will pay the increase if the shop floor gave up the profit-related bonus worth £660 this year.
In addition Peugeot wants workers to increase pension contributions by 1 percent.
Vote socialist, says firefighter
THE SOCIALIST Alliance's election campaign for a council by-election in Tottenham Hale, north London, next Thursday (23 January) has taken off. Steve Cracknell, FBU union branch secretary at Hornsey fire station, is the Socialist Alliance's candidate.
Steve's election campaign is based around three main issues-solidarity with the firefighters, defence of public services and opposition to war on Iraq. Five of his ten nominations were from prominent local trade unionists, including the president of Haringey Trades Council.
The FBU Eastern Command Group 3 committee unanimously voted to give Steve's campaign £90, which was all their available funds. Firefighters in local stations have collected over £50 to back Steve. Local Socialist Alliance supporters are planning to canvass postal voters, with a second leaflet being produced for a big push this weekend.
Socialist Alliance rally, Tuesday 21 January, 7.30pm, Welbourne Community Centre, Chestnut Road. With Paul Foot, Steve Cracknell and Mark Serwotka.
Phone the campaign on 07736 064 045.
Battle over union rights and racism
THE CAMPAIGN to support the 'anti-racist three'-Unison union branch officers in Hackney who have been suspended by council management-is growing. Unison joint branch secretaries Brian Debus and Will Leng, and the Equalities Officer, John Page, could face dismissal.
They are alleged to have submitted a draft report that was critical of the council's record over racism. The threatened disciplinary action is an issue for the whole trade union movement, as well as undermining the right to challenge racism.
Send messages of support to Unison, 2 Hillman Street, London E8 1DY or e-mail hackney. firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 020 8985 6749.
Send messages of protest to Claer Lloyd-Jones, Hackney's Director of Law and Probity, e-mail email@example.com and Jules Pipe, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 020 8356 3657.
Public meeting, Monday 20 January, 8pm, Bullion Rooms, Wilton Way E8. Speakers from Unison national executive, Operation Black Vote, Black Workers for Justice, and TUC Race Relations Committee.