OVER 1,000 brick workers are set to walk out on strike on 9 June in the first of a series of planned one-day strikes. Hanson Bricks employs the workers. They are members of the TGWU, GMB and Amicus unions and work at 14 plants across England and Wales. The workers voted by over 60 percent to take strike action after rejecting the company's revised pay offer of 3.45 percent spread over 15 months.
The first offer of 2.7 percent was denounced as 'derisory' by the TGWU union. The workers are incensed that the firm has backtracked on a promise to grant an extra day's annual holiday. Hanson Brick is one of Britain's biggest brick producers. The company's turnover last year was £15 million. The second strike is planned for 16 June.
No-confidence vote for bosses
SOME 39 workers in the Amicus union at a Carlisle engineering firm were set to strike on Wednesday of this week. The workers at Bendall's lodged a vote of no confidence against managing director Norman Addison and finance director Neil Murray last week.
They have already struck in their fight to improve pay, working hours and sick and holiday pay. 'We are not happy with the way things have been run,' says Geoff Teale, Amicus shop steward. 'If nothing happens soon we could plan to take more action.'
Protests beat council's plans
CAMPAIGNERS against a planned waste incinerator in Hull are celebrating after a planning inquiry threw out the proposal. Campaigners fought a long battle against the Labour council, which claimed that the incinerator posed no health risk.
A petition signed by 26,000 people was presented to the council. There were a number of protests. The pressure caused a split on the Labour-controlled planning committee.
For the benefit of Iraqi people
A BENEFIT event was held in Bristol on Friday of last week to help Sami Velioglu, an Iraqi, to buy an ambulance which he will drive over land to deliver vital medical supplies to Iraq.
Arabic drumming and dancing, film, poetry, singing, top local DJ Rob Smith and wonderful food contributed to a fantastic evening that raised over £800. 'Most of us watched with shock and dismay as the Iraqi people had their lives thrown into the utter chaos of looting and the destruction of hospitals, water purification plants and priceless aspects of their cultural heritage,' Sami said.
Sami leaves in mid-June. Local people have overwhelmed Sami with support and goodwill. There have been collections outside supermarkets, local schools, hospitals and medical centres. A doctor from Blackpool has offered to accompany Sami to Iraq.
Phone messages of support or donations to 07946 400 111.