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Rebel music at the opera

Issue No. 1843

A FULL-scale rebellion came closer at the English National Opera last week. The head of music, Tony Legge, quit his job as part of a growing revolt over management plans to cut staff. Musicians have been told they face cuts just weeks after the ENO chorus went on strike against the axing of one third of their jobs. The chorus plan a second strike on 3 April.

Last Monday ballot forms were sent to stage technicians, costumiers and maintenance staff.

Charging to a payout victory

CONTROL officers in London fire brigade have won a victory over congestion charges. Brigade management had refused to compensate the firefighters and control staff for paying the charge.

Control offices were furious because of the cost but also because their emergency worker status was in question. An angry meeting voted unanimously for strike action. The chair of the ruling Labour group caved in almost at once.
TONY PHILLIPS, Unison branch secretary London region fire authority, personal capacity

Hailing a strike against racism

TAXI DRIVERS in Burnley went on strike for three days from noon on Friday of last week in protest at increasing attacks on drivers. The area has seen a rise in racism since the election of three British National Party councillors.

In nearby Oldham taxi driver Israr Hussain was stabbed to death last December. Sameer Ul Rehman was attacked in Burnley last week after he left his car to challenge youths who had thrown an egg at his taxi. Taxi drivers decided to take immediate strike action.

Prospects for political voice

SOME 105,000 members of the Prospect civil servants' union began a ballot for a political fund on Wednesday of this week. The ballot will end on Wednesday 9 April. The national executive is urging a yes vote.

Workers accept pension deal

WORKERS at Peugeot's Coventry plant have voted by two to one to accept a new pay deal from the company. The 3,500 struck for a day last month after rejecting the first offer. Peugeot bosses offered a pay rise of 7.3 percent over two years but wanted workers to increase their pension contributions.

After the strike the company offered to postpone increasing pension contributions until October.

Candy Udwin and Dave Carr

Demand Candy and Dave's reinstatement to Unison. For factsheet phone 07958 732 334 Send messages of support to Camden Unison, 59 Phoenix Road, Brill Place, London NW1 1ES

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Sat 22 Mar 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1843
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