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Issue No. 1927

Strikers smoke out bosses

SOME 400 members of the Amicus union at the British American Tobacco plant in Southampton went on strike on Wednesday of last week.

They rejected a 2.6 percent pay offer. The union has threatened to hold strikes every Wednesday until the dispute is settled.

John Allot, national officer of Amicus, said the company was on target to make profits of £2 billion this year. He accused the company of announcing “massive profits while refusing to pay our members fairly”.

Union action set to go nuclear

GMB UNION members at the nuclear submarine dockyard at Devonport struck on Tuesday of this week.

The strikers are 108 health physics monitors employed by DML, which operates the dockyard. They are responsible for all aspects of safety relating to nuclear work within the dockyard, mainly involving nuclear submarines.

Workers voted by 90 percent for strike action over pay and grading.

Disabled workers get organised

SOME 46 delegates from 16 trade unions attended the first ever Scottish TUC disabled workers’ conference last weekend in Glasgow.

A cheer went up when the PCS union reminded people its members had been on strike to defend jobs and services on Friday of last week.

The final debate concerned an emergency motion on impairment caused by war. This was carried overwhelmingly.
Steve West and Paul Brown (personal capacity)

Labour votes to close a pool

AROUND 40 people lobbied Lewisham’s New Labour controlled council in south London recently to hand in a petition which had 5,100 signatures against the closure of Ladywell leisure centre.

We have united with the campaign for a new school in the borough and the campaign to save Deptford Park.

Fourteen Labour councillors did not turn up. The rest voted by more than two to one to close the pool in 2007. We are going to continue to oppose this New Labour council.
Ian Crosson

Direct action gets results

ABOUT 40 protesters from Residents Against Rubbish blockaded the Burnhills landfill in Gateshead last Saturday and prevented delivery of six wagonloads of waste being delivered to the SITA-owned site.

The campaign is fighting to stop a new landfill site being opened in a disused quarry opposite their homes in Stargate.
Tony Dowling

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Sat 13 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1927
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