BRANCH SECRETARIES in the Natfhe union were to meet on Friday of this week to discuss more strikes over pay by further education (FE) college lecturers. The union's FE committee is to meet on 21 September to confirm future action. Unison and other unions representing FE support staff are balloting for strikes. Activists in Natfhe are arguing for both a joint strike (probably on 5 November) and also using the lecturers' existing vote for action to hit college bosses earlier.
Natfhe branch reps in London are also set to call for a ballot for strikes over London allowance payments at a meeting next week. A suggested date of 28 October for a one-day strike would provide the chance for a strike alongside school teachers, who are also set to ballot in London over the same issue.
Easy win for action
CAN THERE ever have been a more decisive strike vote? Just one person voted against strikes among baggage handlers at Luton airport employed by Easyjet. They are in dispute over an imposed 1.3 percent pay deal. The TGWU is also demanding recognition by the company.
At present it deals only with Amicus. Amicus backs the TGWU's demand for a joint agreement covering both unions. TGWU leaders have put on hold a strike ballot among Easyjet cabin crew at Luton, Gatwick, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast while the negotiations take place this week. It would have been better to get this ballot going to up the pressure.
Burning for better pay
OVER 180 workers at the Interfloor Limited rubber plant in Dumfries, in Scotland, have voted to strike over pay. The workers, members of the GMB union, are furious at their bosses' refusal to consider a substantial pay increase. The workers are now set to strike next Wednesday.
'Let us sign petition twice'
THE Save QE2 Hospital Children's Ward campaign took to the streets again last Saturday with mass petitioning in the town centre of Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Campaigners collected around 1,300 signatures, bringing the total to over 15,000.
Activist Win Smith said, 'People are so angry they want to sign it twice! They can't understand why Blair has enough money for war but not enough to care for our kids.'
Protest against pool trials
A SOLIDARITY lobby was planned this week to show support for the people who are facing serious charges arising from the Govanhill pool occupation last year. In particular the verdict is expected in the case of 16 year old Qasim Khan who is alleged to have assaulted police. Of the nine people facing charges, six are black.
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