AROUND 100 workers at Cold Drawn Products in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, walked out on strike last Tuesday. They were angry that they had been offered a 2 percent pay rise, having asked for 3 percent. The workers at the wire manufacturing company planned to walk out again on Monday of this week if their demands are not met.
Willie Patterson, regional officer of the ISTC metal workers' union, said, 'Our members, who have worked their socks off for this company, have made it clear that this derisory offer is the last straw.'
Sparks fly at Terminal Five
ELECTRICIANS working for private contractors Amec at Heathrow's new Terminal Five have voted for a strike ballot. The 60 workers, members of the Amicus union, are angry that their bosses have not implemented an agreement for improved pay and conditions, despite increasing their productivity.
One worker told the Construction News magazine, 'The lads have had enough. They have been constantly fobbed off about the agreement.' The threat of strikes from Amicus members comes after a similar dispute by workers at the same site who work for Laing O'Rourke. The Laing O'Rourke workers recently accepted a peace agreement with the contractors.
Rough justice for asylum seekers
SOME 35 asylum seekers have been forced to sleep rough on the streets of Brixton, London, outside the offices of the Refugee Council. The government has changed the Asylum and Immigration Act to deny people support if they do not claim asylum immediately upon arrival.
The government recently lost three test cases when it tried to apply the new law. However, the Home Office is appealing against this decision. A meeting in Brixton on Tuesday of last week called for a protest at the appeal hearing. This will take place at 10am at the Royal Court of Justice, the Strand, on 27 August.
The meeting called for blankets, clothing, food, water and toiletries for the asylum seekers. These can be left at Lambeth Crime Prevention Trust (the Refugee Project) at 357 Brixton Road.
Fighting against the rancid plant
AROUND 40 people joined an anti-incinerator protest outside the Swansea office of the Environment Agency on Friday of last week. They demanded the closure of the recently completed and highly controversial giant incinerator at nearby Crymlyn Burrows.
This supposedly state of the art PFI plant recently caught fire, burning for four days with firefighters tackling the blaze. Local residents told protestors how they woke to find smoke from the blaze swirling through their homes.
Residents have demanded an inquiry into why Neath Port Talbot council allowed this rancid plant to be built.