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Issue No. 1925

Sacked worker gets union backing

TUBE WORKERS and RMT union branches have collected hundreds of pounds for Joanne White, the station assistant who was sacked after being assaulted by a passenger.

While Joanne waits for her bosses to hear her appeal, the campaign for her reinstatement is gathering pace. Local RMT reps are asking members of the public to write to London mayor Ken Livingstone protesting against Joanne’s treatment.
Peter Trotter, driver, Edgware Road depot

Drivers demand the same rate

OVER 1,000 bus workers across the south of England may soon be voting on strike action. They are protesting against their employer Stagecoach South’s ten different pay rates for the same job.

The TGWU union held a vote asking if workers wanted a return to one set of pay talks—701 said yes with just 76 opting for the status quo.

“This situation has arisen because of drift over the last few years. But the union organisation is refreshed, robust, revitalised and determined to change back to one rate for the job and one set of negotiations for all,” said Sharon Wentworth, TGWU spokesperson for the workers.

Co-operating to get better pay

ABOUT 750 Co-operative Funeralcare staff struck on Monday of this week after bosses refused to improve a 3.5 percent pay offer. The workers are on just £12,500.

The company says it cannot pay a substantial rise because of “a difficult business background”. Bizarrely, it put this down to a “falling death rate”, apparently unaware that the secret of immortality is yet to be discovered.

A site to be protested at

SOME 15 to 20 residents of Stargate, north east England, held a protest outside a quarry that is set to be turned into a landfill site last week.

The protesters received a lot of support from traffic. Another meeting of the campaign was planned for Thursday of this week to discuss the next steps.
Tony Dowling

Teachers help block Nazi plans

AN ATTEMPT by the British National Party (BNP) to get onto school governing bodies in Calderdale, Yorkshire, has been blocked following protests by the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Calderdale’s Tory-led executive decided last week to allow dominant parties in each ward to appoint their councillors as governors.

This would have given the fascist BNP access to four school governor posts in Halifax’s Mixenden ward, where it has two councillors. But the Tory move was overturned at a full council meeting, following protests by the NUT and others.

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Sat 30 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1925
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