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Issue No. 1865

Refusing to give up their holidays

UNION REPS for Edinburgh's 350 refuse collectors were set to meet city council officials this week, in a bid to resolve a long-running dispute. In 1991 refuse collectors entered a five-year agreement to 'sell' six of their ten days public holiday entitlement for just over £1,000 each. The agreement ran out in 1997 and the issue has never been resolved.

Last Monday the refuse collectors announced a work to rule. If no agreement is reached, there could be the first strike action by Edinburgh refuse collectors since 1977. Workers say the mood is militant.

Revving up for another strike

WORKERS AT Aston Martin, the luxury carmaker, are planning strikes this month. Around 450 workers struck recently over management attempts to bring in new flexible shifts.

Management refused to negotiate with the TGWU union. The first two-day strike at the Bloxham and Newport Pagnell sites was due to begin on Thursday. John Street, a regional organiser for the TGWU, said, 'This is the first ever strike at the company and that demonstrates the depth of anger at these proposals.'

Huge majority back Scots strike

NEARLY 300 council workers in Aberdeen were due to strike on Wednesday of this week. They are opposed to plans to introduce more flexible working hours.

They are also demanding that pay and conditions are brought into line with the private sector. The half-day strike was backed by 81 percent of union members.

A crude attack on oil workers

WOOD GREEN energy group is trying to force a massive pay cut on 120 North Sea oil workers by paying them hourly instead of monthly. Rab Wilson, regional officer for the Amicus union, said, 'It could mean a reduction of as much as £40 a day. I can see us taking industrial action over this.'

More anger rising at the airports

GROUND STAFF at Newcastle Airport were deciding at the beginning of this week whether to accept a new pay deal or go ahead with planned strikes. The strikes were due to start this weekend.

More than 150 baggage handlers and check-in staff, who work for Groundstar, had rejected a 3 percent pay increase. They were angry that this was less than the 7.5 percent increase offered to workers at Stansted airport.

Pet rescuers facing cruelty

RSPCA INSPECTORS across Britain are balloting on industrial action in protest at job losses. The animal welfare workers are voting on whether to strike over plans to cut 230 jobs as part of a major cost-cutting programme.

The Amicus union accused the RSPCA of 'cruelty' to its staff when the cost-cutting proposals were announced in June.

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Sat 23 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1865
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