16% for socialist
A SOCIALIST candidate polled an excellent result in a council by-election in Scotland last week. The Scottish Socialist Party's Des Divers got 16 percent, 149 votes, in the by-election in Dunoon in Ayrshire.
The seat was won by an "independent", with over 400 votes. The socialist candidate pressed close to both Labour, which got 198 votes, and the Scottish National Party, with 191 votes.
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OVER 500 medical secretaries in Glasgow hospitals are to vote in a ballot for strike action over pay and conditions. The workers, members of the public services union UNISON, have voted unanimously at meetings to hold the ballot. "Medical secretaries have finally had enough," said Carolyn Leckie of UNISON and one of the Scottish Socialist Party's prospective parliamentary candidates in Glasgow.
NURSES AT the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford are to ballot on industrial action over pressures in the casualty unit. The nurses, most of them in the Royal College of Nursing, are at the end of their tether in a long running dispute about overcrowding of patients and staff shortages. It is common for corridors to be full of patients on trolleys.
ONE HUNDRED workers at the Ferranti Technologies owned Cairo Mill in Waterhead,north west England, have voted by 95 percent for the AEEU engineering union to be recognised at the plant. The workers' union has not been recognised at the plant for nine years. "There was an overwhelming response to union recognition returning to this site," said Barry Mills, a worker and union rep.
OVER 1,000 council workers in Knowsley on Merseyside struck on Tuesday and Wednesday last week in their continuing fight against being made to work two hours a week longer. The workers have now taken six days of strike action against the Labour council's plan to increase white collar workers' hours from 35 a week to 37. Around 20 key finance workers began two weeks of strikes on Monday, and further council-wide strikes are planned.