PRINT WORKERS at the St Ives plant in Andover, Hampshire, have won improved pay by threatening strike action. Management at the plant made them a 'final' pay offer that was lower than that negotiated through the national pay agreement in the industry.
Although St Ives is not part of this national agreement, the print workers' GPMU union decided to ballot its members to win a similar pay increase. Management backed down just days after workers voted for strike action.
Bosses plan for a very bad year
MANAGEMENT at Goodyear tyres are threatening to close their Wolverhampton plant, which employs up to 420 people. Cyril Barrett, the TGWU union convenor at the plant, said, 'This is devastating news for our members. Since 1997 around 2,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost at the Wolverhampton factory.'
The union is demanding talks with employers and the government to avoid the closure.
No midas touch yet at Johnson's
WORKERS AT the gold bullion and precious metals company Johnson Matthey are reballoting in their dispute over pay. The workers in the ISTC union work at Royston in Hertfordshire and Enfield, north London. They had voted massively to take strike action in support of a pay claim for 4 percent.
Workers in Royston struck for a day on Monday of last week. Workers in Enfield were supposed to strike on Monday of this week. But in the face of management pressure the ISTC called off the strike and started a reballot.
United action halts the attack
MEMBERS OF the Natfhe education workers' union have halted an attack on their conditions by management at Nottingham Trent University. At the end of last term management announced workload changes, reducing hours for administrative duties, restricting hours allowed for research and increasing the amount of teaching required.
Union members met in departmental union meetings and voted to resist the changes, threatening action during induction week. A well attended branch meeting endorsed the action and within a few days management had backed down.
Keep up pressure to save hospitals
CAMPAIGNERS against the closure of two day-care hospitals for the mentally ill in Haringey, north London, marked an important victory in their campaign this week. Health trust bosses ordered the closure of the hospitals from the end of August. A campaign including users of the hospitals, trade unionists and activists led to Haringey councillors taking another look at the proposals.
The hospitals will remain open for a further six months. Any attempt to close them after that will require fresh justification. Campaigners will keep the pressure up.