A MASS meeting last weekend saw over 120 airport workers at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport argue for possible strike action over huge pay cuts. Management want to cut baggage handlers' pay by up to 40 percent. The GMB union members are spitting blood. One worker said, 'We work long hours, the shifts wear you out and now this.'
THE THREAT of strikes has forced bosses of the Hanson Brick company to make a new pay offer. Some 1,500 workers, members of the TGWU, Amicus and GMB unions, at the firm's 14 brick factories around Britain were set to go on a one-day strike on Monday of this week.
Bosses made an improved offer last week. They have now offered a 4 percent pay rise for 15 months, with an 'inflation plus 1 percent' offer for the following 12 month period. Union officials suspended the strike set for Monday of this week while workers ballot on the new offer.
If the workers reject the offer then they are due to hold a one-day strike on Monday of next week.
THE DISPUTE in Manchester between union electricians and their employers continued last week. Twelve electricians walked out of the One Piccadilly Gardens construction site on Thursday 29 May after a plethora of serious irregularities by their employers.
Crown House & DAF were taking money from the workers' pay as a mandatory subscription fee for the Amicus union. This sweetheart deal has been used to try to avoid confrontation. Builders at the site have been donating to the strikers' cause. Send messages of support-phone 07813 456 831.
SOME 950 lift engineers in the Amicus union were set to strike on Friday of this week in their fight against their employer, Otis, imposing a pay settlement of 1.7 percent. Workers will strike until Tuesday of next week and again from 27 June.
THE GMB and Amicus unions are set to ballot 2,500 workers at the BNFL nuclear plant at Sellafield in Cumbria to strike over pay. Bosses promised that industrial staff and white-collar workers pay would be equalised by 2004. Union steward John Teere told a mass meeting last week, 'It is show time. They will destroy you if you do not support this call for action.'