THE NATFHE union's special further education (FE) sector conference has voted unanimously for escalating strike action if the employers fail to make an acceptable offer at their meeting with the FE unions next Wednesday. The strikes last May and November were crucial to getting the government to put extra money into colleges.
So far the employers have only offered 2.3 percent, which will widen the gap with teachers, whose pay this year has increased by 5 percent. Our claim is still parity with teachers by 2004.
Driving towards a pay strike
MEMBERS OF the TGWU union who work for the Peugeot car maker have rejected a new pay offer by their bosses. Some 54 percent of the 2,000 workers balloted said no to the offer.
The result of the ballot of 800 Amicus union members was not known as Socialist Worker went to press. Union meetings were set for later this week to discuss holding one-day strikes.
Stop press... Vote for action
JOURNALISTS AT the Bradford Telegraph & Argus and other Bradford titles owned by the Newsquest company have voted for strikes over pay. An 87 percent vote by members of the NUJ union backed the action. They have decided to start their fight with a series of two-day strikes, on 30-31 January, 10-11 February and 19-20 February.
Journalists at the Westmoreland Gazette in Kendal, Cumbria, have also voted 100 percent for action on pay.
Full reports next week
A fight for union democracy
EVERY MEMBER of the PCS civil servants' union will receive a ballot paper next month to vote on increasing union democracy. General secretary Mark Serwotka has insisted on putting last year's conference decisions in favour of annual delegate conferences and annual national executive elections to the membership.
This is despite opposition from the misnamed union group the Moderates. Union vice-president Steve Cawkwell has called for a massive campaign to win the ballot.
A small step on the right road
SOME 600 civil servants in the Prospect union at the Scottish Agricultural College are set to ballot on an improved offer from their management from the end of this week.
Management originally offered nothing. Union members started a work to rule and struck for three hours two weeks ago. Bosses are now offering 0.5 percent.
'It's a step in the right direction,' says union rep Joy Gladstone. 'But not a big step. We're not actively supporting the offer. We want to see what the members want.'