>FBU election win for rank and file
PAUL Woolstewholmes from Suffolk has won the election for national officer in the Fire Brigades union (FBU), unseating the leadership candidate.
Paul, who stook as a rank and file candidate, says, 'This vote is an emphatic rejection of the way our leadership has run our dispute. I hope it will help us win democracy in our union and shift power to the members.'
New pay offer at Sellafield
WORKERS AT the Sellafield nuclear plant are to vote in a fresh ballot on whether to accept a new pay deal.
Union shop stewards at the plant in Cumbria have agreed to recommend acceptance of an improved offer, and a planned strike last week was called off.
Mines heading back to Dark Ages
MINERS COULD be moving towards a strike ballot after Britain's biggest coal producer announced plans to introduce 'flexible working'.
The mineworkers' NUM union said UK Coal was attempting to take the industry back to the 'Dark Ages' by preparing for seven days a week production at Kellingley colliery in Yorkshire.
Call centre ballot is under way
WORKERS IN a Lloyds TSB call centre in Newcastle have started a ballot for strike action.
Management plan to close the call centre, sacking 1,000 workers. They believe that they can make more profit by setting up a call centre in India. The ballot is organised by the finance workers' Unifi union.
A healthy taste of victory
MANAGERS IN Manchester mental health service have withdrawn their £500,000 cuts package. This victory followed mass meetings which voted unanimously for strikes.
Management have also abandoned plans for another £1.5 million of cuts and sacked their chief executive. Over 200 staff and patients lobbied the board meeting where the new chief executive was forced to concede these measures.
However, the health trust remains seriously underfunded, and the quality and safety of our service remains at 'high risk' according to our management.
We now plan to campaign for the extra money we need to ensure a decent service. If no more money is found to restore our services, and if the trust do not agree to overspend sufficiently to make our work safe, then we intend to ballot for strikes.
KAREN REISSMANN, Unison branch chair
Lecturers' anger over pay offer
UNIVERSITY lecturers in the AUT union could be balloting for strikes unless UCEA, the employers' organisation, improves its pay offer.
If accepted, the pay proposal will result in a new pay scale which will cost lecturers as much as £5,500, while senior library, IT and administrative staff face even bigger losses.
CARLO UNGARELLI, AUT rep Birmingham University