Socialist Worker


Issue No. 1862

BALLOT PAPERS were due to be sent to Amicus members at Fujitsu Services in West Gorton in Manchester on Wednesday of this week. The workers are fighting against attacks on their union recognition and redundancy agreements, and for sick pay, an equal pay audit, and a pay rise. Media coverage of the workers' recent rally has already lifted spirits.

The union's north west regional council has now thrown its weight behind the workers' campaign, making a £1,000 donation.

SOME 4,500 workers at Remploy, Britain's biggest employer of disabled workers, are being balloted on a new pay offer this week. The union consortium, including the GMB, Amicus, KFAT, GPMU and TGWU, is recommending the deal.

They say it could increase weekly pay by £7.50 and reduce the working week to 35 hours.

WORKERS AT Addis in Swansea were pressured by the company's management into voting for a 5 percent pay cut and the loss of five days annual holiday. The workers, members of the TGWU, had unanimously rejected the cuts.

But Addis called a meeting where bosses waved the company's books claiming there was a financial crisis. They threatened the plant could close if the workers didn't accept the cuts.

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Sat 26 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1862
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