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Issue No. 1808

Hackney bins the profiteers

HACKNEY LABOUR council in east London has carried out a humiliating U-turn over privatisation. It has announced it is taking the bins and street cleaning service back into council control. Serviceteam, the private firm that ran the services for the last 18 months, made up to £9 million 'excess profit' from the cash-strapped council. While the privateers cashed in, crucial services have been shut down because the council has 'no money'.

The council is launching new attacks on the bin workers to reduce their wages and conditions to the council ones, which have deteriorated while the bins have been privatised.

More dangerous than dynamic

A NEW scandal has hit bosses at Friction Dynamics. Bosses were forced to pay £25,000 in fines and costs after a worker lost four fingers and part of his thumb in a workplace accident last October.

Fricton Dynamics admitted in court that it failed to ensure the worker's safety. Just a month ago 1,000 supporters marched through Caernarfon highlighting the fight of 87 workers. The workers are demanding their jobs back after the firm sacked them during an official strike.

Fuelling decent pay drive

TRUCK DRIVERS are to stop fuel deliveries at Shell petrol stations in their fight for a decent living wage. The members of the TGWU, employed by P&O, who drive trucks delivering fuel to depots and petrol stations, backed a vote for strike action. Drivers are asking for an 8 percent wage rise.

Drivers have been offered a pay rise of just 2.5 percent. This amounts to just £10 a week. Ron Webb, the TGWU national secretary, said £10 a week is 'nothing' next to the massive profits of Shell and P&O.

Cleaners strike hits celebs' pads

THE RICH and famous living in London's exclusive Dolphin Square are set to be hit by strikes this Friday. Low paid workers, many of whom are from Portugal, Africa and Eastern Europe, voted to take industrial action over low pay.

Their TGWU union representative, Nick Page, said, 'Dolphin Square's exclusivity does not translate into decent pay for our members, who work as chambermaids, cleaners and maintenance staff.'

Defend shops in libel case

DERISORY DAMAGES of £14 were awarded in the first of the bookshop libel cases on 2 July. Two small bookshops, Bookmarks and Housmans, are fighting a libel case brought by a person criticised in Searchlight magazine.

With the current cases expected to come to a head soon, support is urgently needed.

Send donations to Bookshop Libel Fund, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, or Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE.

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Sat 13 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1808
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