GMB rejects steel deal
MEMBERS OF the GMB union working for the Multiserve steel company have voted to reject a pay offer, renewing the possibility of a strike that would hit steel production across South Yorkshire.
A strike ballot had secured some improvements to the offer, which members of the two other unions involved in the dispute, the ISTC and TGWU, were voting on as Socialist Worker went to press.
Their officials had recommended acceptance.
But the GMB did not agree the deal, and members voted by 29 to 19 to reject it, with 23 ballot papers not returned.
A further members’meeting was planned for this weekend.
Probably the best on offer
members OF the TGWU union at Carlsberg’s brewery in Northampton have won an improved pay and conditions deal after voting for 16 days of strike action, which was due to begin last week.
Alan Shortt, chair of the local TGWU branch, says, “I am pleased that we have reached a good agreement which delivers tangible benefits for all our members.”
Ferry workers mull action
RMT UNION members at P&O Ferries in Dover, Hull and Portsmouth have voted for industrial action against job losses, and attacks on their pay and working conditions.
Over 1,000 members across the three ports voted for industrial action short of strikes. Union members at Hull and Portsmouth also voted for strike action. Union representatives were this week considering what action to call.
Fire brigade: one service, not two
FIREFIGHTERS in Grantham, Lincolnshire, have rejected an order to provide an ambulance service or face disciplinary action and loss of pay.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has lodged a formal dispute over the issue of new duties being imposed without agreement.
The fire authority was given until Wednesday of this week to withdraw the threats, or the FBU will start to ballot all Lincolnshire firefighters for industrial action.
This latest attempt to force firefighters to provide a cut-price ambulance service follows similar moves in Merseyside, east London and elsewhere across Britain.
‘Keep it simple and broad’
THE RICH diversity of Luton’s community was well represented at the 70-strong Unite Against Fascism launch meeting on Friday of last week.
“Let’s remember the lessons of the Anti Nazi League from the 1970s,” said local activist Mobeen Qureshi. “Keep our demands simple and our support broad.”