While Tony Blair met Chirac...
“JACQUES Chirac—terrorist!” was the unmistakable chant as up to 1,000 people demonstrated in London last Saturday against the French intervention in the Ivory Coast.
The march, made up of people from Ivory Coast, was alive with high spirits on a cold November day as it headed off from Westminster Abbey.
The marchers stopped at the Ivorian embassy to pay respects to the those killed by French troops in this war.
They then marched to the French embassy to deliver a crystal clear message—no to the illegal war France is waging in Ivory Coast.
BAA: offer after much delay
TGWU UNION members at BAA are to ballot on a revised offer made by the company last week at the eleventh hour.
The offer is a considerable improvement on the last one, but has taken ten months to get here and the company has included a number of proposals that could cause problems later.
The ballot result is set to be announced in the second week of December.
Defying threat from London Met
NATFHE UNION members at London Metropolitan University have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action out of growing frustration with a longstanding dispute over management attempts to impose a new contract.
The university raised the temperature of the dispute two weeks ago by issuing dismissal notices to two lecturers who indicated they would not accept an unnegotiated contract.
Mirror and the phantom union
A HIGH court judge has ruled that Mirror Group Newspapers is entitled to deny recognition to the union over half its journalists on the Racing Post have signed up to.
Mirror Group is allowed to deal with a non-existent “union” instead.
The bizarre ruling against the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) shows just how much New Labour’s procedures on union recognition favour employers.
The NUJ organises 80 journalists out of 130 at the Racing Post. But management recognises an outfit called the BAJ, which has no members at the title.
Dowty: bit more screwed out
MANAGEMENT AT Dowty Propellers in Gloucestershire, came up with a new deal as workers were about to hold their third one-day strike on Friday of last week.
Under the two-year deal, agreed with the Amicus union, the 160 workers will get a 3.25 percent pay rise backdated to August and a further 3.5 percent rise over the next year.