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Issue No. 1803

Sinking Trident submarine plans

LAST WEEK the Ministry of Defence scrapped plans to build a weapons-loading jetty in the middle of the River Tamar, despite having spent £15 million preparing the river bed. This is because of the growing campaign against the Trident base being put in the middle of Plymouth.

Nuclear submarines give off a gas called tritium. Evidence published in New Scientist magazine has proved that emissions of radioactive tritium gas, produced by the navy's nuclear vessels, are at least twice as likely to induce cancer as previously thought.

The government increased the 'safe level' of tritium into Plymouth's air and water by 700 percent to allow for the servicing of nuclear submarines.

Local campaign groups are planning local protests and a national demonstration at Plymouth Devonport on 12 October.

Building up for a fight on pay

ANGRY BUILDING workers in central London have voted to strike over pay. A meeting of 40 workers from the H&B company voted unanimously to strike because their company deducts travel and attendance allowances when the workers are officially on holiday.

The ballot for action will take place in two weeks time. If a strike goes ahead, some high profile building projects will be hit.

Workers flex their muscles

STAFF IN Glasgow's leisure and recreation service have voted for strike action over changes to pay and conditions. Around 130 members of the Unison union are in dispute with the council's plan to restructure the museums, community facilities, leisure centres, and libraries.

The present staffing structure will be abolished, and some staff will have to re-apply for their jobs. Union leaders will be deciding whether to act on the ballot this week.

Joining up with the peace camp

LAST SATURDAY local students held a 'Peace recruitment centre' outside the army recruitment office in central Nottingham. The students were calling for an end to arms sales and demanding an end to Bush's 'War on Terror'.

Around 20 people gave firm commitments to help with future campaigning. A local march and rally are being organised.

Slick move by oil workers

SOME 400 P&O tanker drivers, who deliver oil and petrol for Shell, are to be balloted on industrial action over pay. The workers, members of the TGWU union, have rejected a 2.5 percent pay offer from their P&O Trans European company.

TGWU spokesperson Ron Webb said, 'This company know the value of our members but won't recognise it in a decent pay increase. Shell also know the value of our drivers and we know the profits they are making.'

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Sat 8 Jun 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1803
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