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Issue No. 1932

Let’s strike while the iron’s hot

ABOUT 80 members of the GMB union working for the Multiserve steel company were set to strike on Monday of next week over pay.

The action will validate a strike ballot held last month.

If this group, and their fellow Multiserve workers in Amicus and the ISTC unions, build on this and take action at a time when plants are fully operating, they will hit steel production across South Yorkshire.

The strike ballot has secured some improvements to the company’s pay offer, but workers now believe the employer may be reneging on parts of the deal. In addition some workers are getting far less than others.

Pensions attack is grounded

GROUNDSTAFF AND firefighters at Birmingham International airport have won major concessions over pensions following a strike vote.

The company had wanted to close their final salary pension scheme, but a campaign by the Amicus union has ensured it remains open to all staff.

There will now be a qualifying period of one year for firefighters and three years for other grades.

This is a similar victory to the one achieved by the RMT union on Railtrack, where the threat of action forced the reopening of a final salary pension scheme.

Birmingham airport workers are reportedly relaxed about the qualifying period, as most people take the job with an eye to the long term.

Stick long hours, say signallers

OVER 330 signallers and line controllers on London Underground are balloting for strikes after six months of negotiations failed to resolve a four-year dispute over pay rates and structures, hours and conditions.

A year after the RMT union won a £2,000 interim payment for signalling and service control grades tube bosses have demanded a 14 percent reduction in jobs, lengthening of shifts, reduction in minimum rest periods and other attacks on conditions.

Accident sparks wildcat action

CONSTRUCTION workers at Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire walked off the job last week after a worker was injured in a scaffolding collapse. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive is underway.

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Sat 18 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1932
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