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Issue No. 2366

Struggle takes off at RAF air bases

More than 100 support and maintenance workers at three Lincolnshire RAF bases began an overtime ban on Friday of last week.

They are members of the Unite union employed by Serco on a Ministry of Defence contract.

They reject a 1 percent pay offer. Boss Chris Hyman got a £4 million bonus on top of his £700,000 salary.

Glass strike halted to vote on new offer

The Unite union suspended a planned strike at Ardagh Glass in Yorkshire and Scotland just five hours before it was due to start on Friday of last week.

Workers are now set to vote on an improved pay rise of 5.5 percent over two years. 

This would still be a pay cut at current inflation rates.

Some workers were disappointed that not much more was on offer.

Ardagh made £65 million profit last year. “That should have given us more power to say that we need better pay,” said one worker. 

George Arthur

PCS protest takes Pickles to court

PCS members protested at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Thursday of last week. 

The union was taking Eric Pickles’ Department for Communities and Local Government to court.

Pickles wants to end the “check-off” system whereby union subs are taken straight from wages.

Workers believe he wants to weaken the union. The court ruled a full hearing will take place on 3 September.

Stansted to strike on bank holiday

Workers who scan baggage at Stansted Airport are to stage a series of strikes over pay. 

Some 40 GMB union members employed by Mitie will strike from 3:30am to 6:00am and from 15:30pm to 18:00pm over four days from Friday 23 August. Mitie cut overtime payments to the workers in June.

Meeting backs Bradley Manning

Over 100 people came to a meeting in London hosted by the Stop the War Coalition on Friday of last week.

The meeting was on War and Whistleblowers—why Bradley Manning should be free. Bradley Manning faces a 136 year jail term after revealing US war crimes.

Speakers included writer Tariq Ali, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.


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Tue 13 Aug 2013, 16:11 BST
Issue No. 2366
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