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Issue No. 1726

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POST OFFICE counter staff in Greater London and the Home Counties area have voted in favour of industrial action by a majority of four to one. They are angry about the use of agency labour by Post Office Networks over the Christmas period. One union rep says, "The members in my section are so fed up that they'd walk out now if there wasn't milk in their tea."


WORKERS AT Alexander's bus making factory struck again on Monday in their continuing fight over pay. The over 700 workers have staged a series of strikes to improve management's 3 percent offer.


TWO GROUPS of civil servants are balloting for strike action. Benefits Agency workers in west London offices in Acton and Notting Hill are balloting for strikes, an overtime ban and a work to rule to win more staff. And 2,000 PCS members in the Crown Prosecution Service are to ballot for strike action over this year's pay offer. Union members voted by 802 to 174 to reject the offer which management then imposed.


EUROTUNNEL workers, members of the ASLEF union, were due to take their third day of strike action on Friday of this week. They are in dispute with the tunnel bosses over union recognition. Management have agreed a single union deal with the TGWU, carving out ASLEF, the nationally recognised train drivers' union.


BUS DRIVERS working for the giant First Group firm in Aberdeen were to start strike action from Thursday of this week. The drivers, members of the TGWU union, voted to reject a 3 percent pay offer and take strike action by 345 votes out of 365. The strike will begin with selective action by 60 drivers and escalate to a 48-hour strike a week later by all 400 workers.


SCHOOL catering workers in east Yorkshire are set to strike on Wednesday of next week against the private firm which took over the contract and still owes the workers pay rises worth up to �1,000.


MEMBERS of the UNISON union and local anti-cuts campaigners packed out a recent meeting of Oxford City Council to protest against cuts in car park workers' pay, and cuts in the environmental health budget. Scandalously the Labour group voted with the Liberal Democrats to get the cuts through the council. The following morning union reps demanded a written guarantee that there would be no changes in pay without union agreement. A meeting of union members in the car parks section voted unanimously for strike action when that assurance was not given. The guarantee then arrived two hours later.


Shutdown of the Edmonton incinerator. 

Demonstrate Saturday 9 December. 
Assemble 1pm, Edmonton Green shopping centre.


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Sat 9 Dec 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1726
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