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Issue No. 1924

Bus workers driven to strike

SOME 73 bus drivers in the TGWU union at Heathrow airport struck for one day on Monday of this week. The drivers work an average of 45 hours a week shuttling airport staff across the four Heathrow terminals.

They say they are being short changed by the John Menzies Group subsidiary Menzies Aviation. They want a 5.4 percent pay rise. John Menzies Group made £25.2 million profits last year.

Action gets off the ground at Stansted

ONE HUNDRED and thirty GMB union members who work as baggage handlers for Swissport at Stansted Airport have voted by 87 percent for strikes over pay and conditions.

Swissport, which is part of Groundstar Stansted Ltd, provides ground services, including baggage handling, to Ryanair.

The workers have already rejected an offer of a 3.75 percent pay rise plus improvements to shift payments. They are among the lowest paid ground staff at Stansted, earning less than £12,500 a year.

Standing up to the bullies

MEDICAL RECORDS workers at Sussex County Hospital in Brighton were due to be balloted for strike action this week in response to victimisation by management.

The GMB union represents around 50 medical records workers.

Last year the sacking of a union rep at the hospital sparked an unofficial walkout by porters. The walkout forced the management to reinstate the rep and agree to a policy against bullying.
Andy Player

Co-op workers to take action

HUNDREDS OF workers at Co-operative Funeral Care are set to stage a one-day strike on Monday of next week. They are also set to refuse to work overtime from Friday of this week.

The strike and overtime ban were announced last week by the TGWU and GMB unions, following an industrial action ballot over long hours and low pay.

Funeral workers take home pay as low as £800 a month. The workforce rejected a pay rise of 3.5 percent and are demanding a substantial pay rise.

Campaigns link up in north east

THE CAMPAIGN by residents to prevent a landfill site being opened in a disused quarry opposite their homes in Stargate, north east England, took a big step forward last week by linking with other campaigns.

Residents Against Rubbish heard campaigners describe how they had built a protest movement against property development plans by their local council on a seafront site at Middlehaven in Redcar.

Both groups are due to hold further protests this week.
Tony Dowling

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Sat 23 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1924
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