Parcels tied up
AROUND 100 Parcelforce workers in Gillingham, Kent, walked out on unofficial strike last week. They were protesting at an external franchising operation with contractor Viking which will take work from the Gillingham Parcelforce office. Management were nervous about the strike and feared it might spread. They even allowed the strikers to remain in the canteen. Unfortunately the workers' CWU union did not back the action and it did not involve other offices. Work resumed two days later with no concessions won. However, by walking out workers have shown they are ready to fight any plans to put their jobs out to the private sector. Buses
A MASS meeting of bus workers employed by Stagecoach's Western Bus firm in Ayr voted last week to escalate their dispute over pay. Hundreds of workers attended the meeting held during their fifth one-day strike on Wednesday. They are determined to fight on to force multi-millionaire Stagecoach owner Brian Souter to increase their pay offer from the measly 30p an hour rise. The bus workers, who are mostly members of the TGWU union, voted to stop working rest days and not to do overtime between the strike days.