WORKERS AT an engineering factory in Hereford walked out on a seven-day strike last week. The 400 members of the GMB union went on strike after rejecting a 1 percent pay offer with reduced overtime pay and limited sick pay. A senior shop steward at the plant, Phil Cogzell, said, 'All we want is to maintain a stable income. The offer was rejected by 82 percent.' The factory is the second biggest business in Hereford. The workforce are demanding a 3 percent rise.
Arms bosses face pensions revolt
A STRIKE could be brewing at giant arms manufacturer BAE Systems. The company is threatening to cut retirement benefits to cover a £2.16 billion black hole in its pension scheme.
BAE Systems last week told staff they would have to increase their pension contributions by 2 percent a year to keep their membership of the final salary pension scheme. The scheme would be closed to new workers.
BAE Systems took holidays from making pension contributions in the 1990s. Around 12,000 workers at BAE Systems are in the TGWU union. A union official said, 'The mood of our members is unmistakable. They will take industrial action to defend their pension rights.'
Founding unity against the Nazis
AROUND 60 people attended a Lancaster Anti Nazi League public meeting in Lancaster Town Hall on Wednesday of last week. Speakers from Lancaster TUC, Lancaster Refugee Support Group, Lancaster Coalition Against the War, the Green Party and Blackburn Anti Nazi League addressed the meeting.
All the speakers agreed on the need for a united campaign against the British National Party if it stands candidates in Lancaster in the forthcoming local council elections in May.
World Bank boss gets panned
IN OXFORD over 40 people held a vibrant 'cacerolazo' (a demo with pot and pan banging) outside a talk by James Wolfensohn, president of the World Bank. We did it to show solidarity with the millions of people worldwide who are suffering from the free market policies imposed by the World Bank.
No cuts at our class college
A CAMPAIGN has been launched against cuts at Ruskin College, Oxford. The college is specially geared towards the needs of students from working class and trade union backgrounds. The college management have announced they want £300,000 worth of cuts in the next year.
This will mean compulsory redundancies, tearing up existing contracts and moving the college from central Oxford to an industrial estate.
JOURNALISTS AT local newspapers in Bradford and Kendal were on strike last week. The journalists, who are in the NUJ union, are fighting for decent pay. The workers above struck for five days in Bradford