WORKERS CLOSED down courts across the West Midlands on Monday of this week. AMO, the union for magistrates' courts staff, called the first strike in the courts' history. Hundreds of union members stayed away from work demonstrating their anger at proposals to harmonise pay that will see 150 staff take pay cuts.
Union members are angry at the outcome of the pay harmonisation exercise. This followed a government attempt to modernise the courts by reorganising the seven West Midlands courts employers into a single employer. Workers voted overwhelming for a strike. AMO has not ruled out further strikes.
Still going strong seven weeks on
WORKERS AT Raven manufacturing in Burnley struck again on Monday of this week for better pay and conditions. They have struck every Monday since 30 September.
'The strike is still solid,' says Amicus union shop steward Gerry Kostilek. 'We have had support from Rolls Royce workers at Coventry and Bristol, and from AIT in Burnley. 'If we are to carry on we need support and donations. A win for us is a win for all.'
Sacked for backing workers
UCATT, the building workers' union, has sacked Stuart Emms, a full time official in its Yorkshire/North East region. Stuart was dismissed following a disciplinary hearing where he was found to have acted against the regional secretary's instructions.
Stuart has consistently supported Ucatt members in their workplace struggles. The regional and national leadership of the union sees Stuart as a troublemaker. Ucatt branches are calling special meetings to send resolutions of complaint to Ucatt leaders.
THE AMICUS union has warned the Marconi manufacturing company that it faces strike ballots over job losses at two of its factories. Amicus has said that workers at Marconi's Coventry and Liverpool factories will be balloted unless the company drops its compulsory redundancy plans. The union has cooperated with thousands of voluntary job cuts in the last 18 months.
THE AMICUS union has warned the Marconi manufacturing company that it faces strike ballots over job losses at two of its factories. Amicus has said that workers at Marconi's Coventry and Liverpool factories will be balloted unless the company drops its compulsory redundancy plans.
The union has cooperated with thousands of voluntary job cuts in the last 18 months.
Leeds plans to axe 16 schools
EDUCATION LEEDS, the quango that runs education in the city, is planning to close three high schools and 13 primary schools as part of its review. It has stated that there are more to come.
THE SOCIALIST Alliance in Hackney, east London, has selected two candidates to stand in upcoming council by-elections in the borough. Richard Peacock, a local disabled activist, has been chosen to stand in Leabridge ward and Will McMahon will stand in Kings Park ward. The elections will be by postal ballot which will begin on Tuesday 26 November and end on Tuesday 10 December.
Hackney Socialist Alliance is hoping to build on the recent mayoral election in the borough when Paul Foot, the alliance candidate, got 4,187 votes, finishing third with 12.7 percent of the vote.