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Issue No. 1928

Threats made to funeral workers

NEARLY 750 workers employed by the Co-Op’s CWS Funeralcare struck for 24 hours on Friday of last week to try to improve a 3.5 percent pay offer.

Their anger grew after hearing threats by the company to pay increases only to those who take no further industrial action.

The workers, who are members of the GMB and TGWU unions, are already on an overtime ban with no emergency callouts, and have taken previous strike action.

Bosses go for Xmas sack

University management are on the verge of sacking two members of the Natfhe lecturers’ union at London Metropolitan University for declaring their non-acceptance of the “preferred” contract.

This victimisation of individual members of staff is an extraordinary development when there was a prospect of renewed negotiations with representatives of the board of governors.

Steve Cushion,, London region higher education secretary, Natfhe

Protest says the wall must fall

Around 150 demonstrators attended a Stop the Wall rally called by York Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the centre of the city last week.

Speakers included local politicians, a Palestinian student, a representative from the local mosque, and writer Stephen Sizer. Local campaign members told of a recent trip to Palestine.

Andrew Collingwood

Old Warley unites against the BNP

Unite Against Fascism were out in force last weekend in the Black Country, where the BNP are trying to use a by-election to get a second member on Sandwell council.

The BNP have targeted Old Warley ward to try to stage a comeback after the defeats of June this year—when all three of their councillors in the Black Country were thrown out.

The by-election is on Thursday of next week. To get involved in the campaign e-mail [email protected] or call 07960 553 349.

Paul Quigley

News of a fight at Reuters

STAFF AT the global news group Reuters are set to hold an informal ballot on strike action against the company’s plans to reorganise its operations. Staff say some 35 jobs could go.

The company is cutting costs as part of its “Fast Forward” restructuring plan.

New days of action at EWS?

WORKERS AT the EWS rail freight company are considering further strikes after talks between management and their RMT union broke down last week. The union’s 1,300 engineering and groundstaff members at EWS have already held one 48-hour strike.

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Sat 20 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1928
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