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Workers pressing on with strikes

Issue No. 1825

WORKERS ON the press and paintline section at Raven Manufacturing near Burnley were on strike again last Monday in their sixth week of action. The workers, who are paid only £5.08 an hour, are fighting for a decent pay rise. Management met the workers recently but refused to budge from its claims that no more money is available, despite a full order book. Meanwhile solidarity with the Raven strikers continues to grow.

Burnley Trades Council has issued 1,000 collection sheets, and factories in Burnley and further afield have made donations to the strike fund.
Mary Black

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    Defiant depot walks out

    ANGRY REFUSE workers at Millfields depot in Hackney walked out in defiance of their management and TGWU union supremo Bill Morris on Monday morning. Members of all three unions, the GMB, the TGWU and Unison, had voted overwhelmingly for a one-week strike from 4 November.

    The action is part of council workers' ongoing campaign for £4,000 a year London weighting allowance. However, later that day Bill Morris met Tony Blair. Suddenly strike pay was withdrawn from TGWU members taking selective action. The majority of workers at Millfields belong to the TGWU.

    As one said, 'Its a disgrace. The union is supposed to be us, the members, not just an individual.' After the walkout three regional officials visited the depot. The strike pay was reinstated and the workers completed the week-long strike.
    Caroline Conway

    Striking to end recylced lies

    WORKERS AT a recycling centre in Bristol were set to strike again last week. The workers' jobs were subcontracted to Resourcesaver, which is partly owned by Avon Friends of the Earth. The workers were due to strike last Wednesday and Thursday in their second week of taking selective action.

    Their protests began when management broke promises to cut their working hours to 40 a week.
    Matt Gordon

    Bosses put in the dock

    MAGISTRATES' courts in the West Midlands look set to be closed by a strike on 11 November. The dispute was sparked by pay cuts for around 150 staff, many of whom are low paid admin and clerical workers.

    'The union has repeatedly asked the government to properly fund the modernisation, but they just won't listen,' said Rosie Eagleson, general secretary of the magistrates union.

    Meetings will take place this week to decide when to begin the action and the response in the event of a possible management lockout.

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    Sat 9 Nov 2002, 00:00 GMT
    Issue No. 1825
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