Alarming signals for bosses at BT
WORKERS IN one section of BT have beaten off an attempt to hand them over to another firm. The dispute involved some 120 members of the CWU union in BT's RedCare section, which monitors BT alarms installed in business premises.
BT wanted to sell the section to another company. This is part of its strategy to 'outsource' much of its work, and so drive costs down by undermining its workers' pay and conditions.
But after RedCare workers voted by an eight to one majority for strikes the company dropped its plans. This small but significant victory shows that the company is not unstoppable. That message needs to be driven home to the union's leadership which has too often run away when faced with BT's attacks.
Exhibiting a will to fight back
OVER 750 members of the PCS and Prospect civil servants' unions at the British Museum are to vote on strike action to stop £6.5 million of cuts. Years of government underfunding means that British Museum management are pushing through drastic cost-cutting measures.
Some 150 staff out of 1,100 are set to be sacked. This will be disastrous for some of the museum's collections-a 25 percent reduction in conservators is planned.
'We believe strike action is necessary to highlight the dire need for the government to provide financial assistance,' says Terry Adams, the PCS national secretary. If the ballot is successful workers will strike in mid-June. A united strike would close the museum and send a strong message to the bosses.
Swansea unites to stop the war
SOME 160 people came along to a lively Swansea Coalition Against War rally last Sunday. It was one of the biggest meetings Swansea has seen for years. The platform brought together speakers from the Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, CND, Stop the War Coalition, Socialist Workers Party, Green Party and Welsh Socialist Alliance.
A motion was put to the meeting proposing to 'stop the city' if an attack on Iraq started, and passed unanimously.
Don't work with the Nazi BNP
AROUND 150 people attended an Anti Nazi League rally in central London on Tuesday of this week. Anti-Nazi speakers from France and Holland joined campaigners from Burnley and east London to address the meeting.
The Anti Nazi League has appealed to Burnley councillors and council workers not to work with the BNP Nazis. Supporters are asked to collect signatures to ensure there is the widest possible backing for the call to isolate the BNP.
For more information and copies of the petition contact the Anti Nazi League-phone 020 7924 0333 or visit www.anl.org.uk