Cleaning up at Land Rover
SOME 130 cleaners at the Land Rover plant at Solihull in the West Midlands, working for the contractor Commando, have won a 9 percent pay rise.
The cleaners, who are in the TGWU union, have won a rise from £4.88 per hour to £5.35 per hour in the first year of the deal, which has been backdated to 1 November 2004.
Tribunal demand brews up trouble
BREWERY WORKERS in Gateshead struck for two days on Monday and Tuesday of Christmas week over the negotiation point of a pay deal.
Federation Brewery bosses want the GMB union to suspend unrelated tribunal claims as part of a 3.2 percent pay rise.
The union has not ruled out further action.
Strike ballot is just the ticket
PARKING ATTENDANTS in the TGWU union in Waltham Forest, east London, are set to vote on strike action during January.
The attendants are furious at the way that NCP, their employer, has suspended their shop steward. They have also rejected the company’s 2.6 percent pay offer.
Cardiff’s reservoir of anger runs deep
OVER 300 people demonstrated in Cardiff on New Year’s Eve against a decision by US-owned Western Power Distribution to lock the public out of a local beauty spot, the Llanishen Reservoir. The company plans to build a housing estate.
Reservoir Action Group supporter Geoff Roberts says, “It’s sad that a lovely open space is suddenly vulnerable to a company with big bucks which wants to please its shareholders.”
Discussing another kind of education
ACTIVISTS IN education unions are organising a conference called Rethinking Education in the Era of Globalisation. It takes place on Saturday 5 March, 11am-5pm at the City and Islington sixth form centre, in north London.
Speakers include trade unionists, writers and lecturers on education and authors.
For information write to Sean Vernell, Natfhe branch secretary, c/o City and Islington college, Spring House, 6-38 Holloway Road, London N7 8JL.
Two dates in housing battle
THE HOUSE of Commons council housing group of MPs is organising two more evidence gathering sessions to demonstrate support for the “fourth option”—direct investment in council housing.
The first is in Gateshead on Saturday 12 February, 2-4pm, for tenants, trade unionists and councillors.
After this session there will be a “Winning the fourth option” meeting at 5.30pm at the Swallow Hotel, High Street West, Gateshead. This is a fringe meeting for delegates to Labour’s spring conference to step up the pressure on John Prescott.
A further inquiry session takes place on Tuesday 8 March from 12-4pm at the House of Commons, London.
Just in case she has a heart
ABOUT 300 people attended the launch of a new anti-war film, Dear Mrs Blair, in Glasgow just before Christmas.
The film was made by independent documentary makers Camcorder Guerrillas and is a powerful anti-war message from Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq.
It is addressed to Cherie Blair and appeals for her to use her influence to bring the British troops home.