SOME 1,000 lift engineers in the Amicus union working for Otis struck from Friday of last week until Tuesday of this week. The workers are protesting against an imposed pay settlement of 1.7 percent.
They have also rejected a further 2.2 percent deal which was only to be granted by local management based on individual interviews. This follows an overtime ban and a series of one-day strikes that began three months ago. Further strikes are planned from Friday of next week.
Standing firm for better pay
AMICUS UNION members at the IT company Fujitsu in west Gorton, Manchester, are preparing to ballot over taking strike action for their pay claim. Union members are worried that the company might try to derecognise the union.
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Union teachers under threat
MANAGEMENT AT Mancat college in Manchester are targeting four of the eight full-time staff in the trade union education unit at the college. The unit is financially viable, successful by any professional standards and greatly admired by those who use it.
The people being targeted are longtime Natfhe lecturers union activists, nLetters of condemnation should be sent to Peter Tavernor, Principal, Mancat, Ashton New Road, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2WH or fax 0161 953 3909. Messages of support to Natfhe c/o Trade Union Education at the same address or fax 0161 772 7013.
We'll save our post office
OVER 150 people, mostly pensioners, with a few postal workers, packed the local school hall at a meeting called by local Labour Party activists in Roath, Cardiff.
The meeting was called after 10,000 signatures had been collected in the last four weeks opposing the franchising of Albany Road Post Office to a local businessman.
The businessman wants to turn it into a sub post office with a 'convenience' store, leaving Cardiff with only one crown post office. We decided to hold a demonstration in two weeks time on Albany Road and to organise a boycott campaign of any 'convenience store'.
Young activists meet in Scotland
SCOTTISH Socialist Youth, the youth wing of the Scottish Socialist Party, held its second annual conference last Saturday. Over 50 activists turned up to listen to speeches on challenging the attacks against young people, fighting the 'war on terror' and other issues. The Socialist Worker Platform stood four candidates for the national committee and all four were elected. They were Aftab Anwar, Martin Barnet, Martin Coyle and Louisa Oram.