JOURNALISTS at EMAP in Greater London House, north London, voted 87 percent on an 80 percent turnout for union recognition in an indicative ballot last week. The company is still holding out against recognising the union. Management's scare tactics backfired and contributed to the overwhelming majority in favour. The ballot will strengthen journalists' hand when the case goes to arbitration.
OVER 250 staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge rallied in support of a living allowance for all staff on Friday of last week. The rally, organised by the UNISON union, was the biggest union meeting in many years.
VAN DRIVERS working for the London fire brigade face the threat of redundancies following a management review under the government's Best Value scheme. The 16 drivers move supplies and equipment between stations. The Fire Brigades Union in London has voted to ballot the drivers for strike action. It is also planning to ballot other union members on not covering the drivers work.
AROUND 30 people protested against the opening of the new Gap clothing store in Camden, central London, on Friday of last week. They were opposing Gap's use of sweatshop labour to make its clothes and the attempts to turn Camden, a vibrant market centre, into a shopping area just like any other.