STAFF ON the Heathrow Express, which takes passengers from central London to Heathrow airport, have voted in favour of strike action. The Aslef union plans three 24-hour strikes next month after 41 out of 76 members voted in favour.
They are angry that management has failed to recognise the union and has set up a rival staff association. They are also campaigning for decent pay and against bullying by management.
SATs not the way to do it
MEMBERS OF the NUT teachers' union from south Gloucestershire, north Somerset and Bristol were out campaigning against the excessive testing regime in schools last Saturday.
Hundreds of pupils, teachers and parents signed the petition against SATs at a stall with balloons, speakers and stickers. A rally against SATs with John Illingworth, a prospective candidate for the leadership of the NUT, and children's author Pat Thompson is due to take place on Wednesday of this week.
Pay success for ferry workers
WORKERS IN the RMT union at Caledonian MacBrayne's Clyde and Western Isles division have voted by 208 to 50 to accept the company's improved two-year pay and conditions offer.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, 'This settlement shows once more that by standing shoulder to shoulder, we can win improvements in pay and conditions.'
Be another brick in wall of sound
THE WALL of Sound are preparing for Saturday's march against the occupation of Iraq. Anyone interested in joining the contingent of drummers and percussionists should meet at the cafe at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park at 11.30am. Bring along kazoos, whistles, pots, pans and biscuit tins.
Youth Parliament votes for peace
AROUND 50 members of Bradford and Keighley Youth Parliament held a peace walk in Bradford last Sunday to coincide with the global 'Peace One Day' activities. Protesters created a giant peace dove powered by a mini tractor which led their procession through the streets.
The event culminated in a rally in Bradford's Centenary Square with speeches, DJs, poetry and music. Members of the Youth Parliament explained how, over recent months, they'd discussed the war in Iraq and concluded that they were against all wars.
An Ifor an eye, say GMB members
WORKERS AT the Ifor Williams trailer company are planning further strikes in their nine week long dispute over pay and conditions. The GMB union conducted a survey of members. They found that a majority of those who replied were in favour of further action. Many supported the idea of an all-out strike.