Bringing skies to a standstill
AIR TRAFFIC control staff are calling for strike ballots. The government is terrified of strikes disrupting holiday-makers this summer. They are not officially involved in negotiations, but government officials have made it clear that strikes must be avoided at all costs. Air traffic controllers voted by over four to one to reject the latest pay offer.
The power air traffic controllers have can be seen by the impact of the French strike action last week.
Norwich all out to stop Nazis
AN ANTI-NAZI demonstration called by Norwich Anti Nazi League and the GPMU print workers' union in Norwich and North Anglia is planned for this Saturday, 29 June. The protest is about Malcolm Turner's antique shop, which has BNP posters in the shop doorway. Joint march organiser, Labour councillor Eamonn Burgess, wrote to unions in Norwich.
He urged them to join the march: 'Together, united, the Norwich Labour movement can stop the BNP from laying down the roots it so desperately seeks.' The march will assemble at 1pm at Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich.
Celebrating 70s labour movement
A PUB in Clerkenwell in London last Saturday saw a gathering to mark a piece of working class history. Thirty years ago, in 1972, 150 or so workers at Briant Colour Printing on Old Kent Road in south London found their plant threatened with closure. Workers occupied the plant, stayed for over a year and finally won.
While 'under workers' control' they became the unofficial printshop for the struggles of the day, like the battle of the Pentonville Five. They were five dock workers' shop stewards jailed under the Tory Industrial Relations Act.
The Pentonville Five were freed after a huge wave of unofficial strikes. Speakers drew the links between the struggles of the early 1970s and today, with the need to get rid of the Tory anti-union laws New Labour has kept.
Back Sikorski in RMT union
BALLOT PAPERS are out in the election for the number two job in the rail and tube workers' RMT union. Supporters of Across the Tracks, the rank and file paper of rail and tube workers, are campaigning for Pat Sikorski from the union's Camden No 3 branch on London Underground.
RMT members rejected building a closer relationship with New Labour when they elected Bob Crow to the union's top job. Sikorski is the candidate most likely to pull in the same direction as Crow.
His campaign has got off to a lively start. New union activists are helping to go out onto stations and depots to build for Pat's election and the strike ballot over safety.