Workers defiant despite ruling
JOURNALISTS IN the NUJ union at the Enfield Advertiser in north London were balloting this week about taking further strike action against management cuts. The ten members struck for a day two weeks ago. Owners Trinity Mirror obtained a high court ruling to stop the workers from taking further action and forcing them to reballot. The ballot was set to close on Thursday of this week.
There will be an NUJ Left conference on Saturday 12 February in Manchester. Phone 07801 789 297 for more details.
Heathrow’s own Guantanamo BAA
WORKERS AT Heathrow’s Terminal 5 may resort to industrial action over excessive security measures that have led them to dub the site “Guantanamo BAA”.
Members of the Amicus union say they are facing long journeys and security checks, causing them to take up to 2.5 hours to get to and from work every day. They want compensation for this.
The dispute is between engineering and electrical workers, and their contractors—Amec, Crown House, Balfour Kilpatrick and Hotchkiss Ductwork. The contractor Laing O’Rourke is understood to have already agreed to pay civil engineers, who are on lower rates, £25 a day to cover commuting time.
Let’s spike the developers’ plans
TENANTS ON Salford’s Riverside “Spike Island” estate are organising a campaign to stop the council selling off their estate to private developer Countryside Properties. They are furious that Countryside—which made £12.6 million profit last year—plans to make the new housing 75 percent privately owned with tenants forced from their homes to make way for properties costing up to £500,000.
Campaigner Debbie Prince says, “They want us out so they can build on here as quickly as possible. There’s no way they’re throwing me out of my house. “They’re not building any bungalows for elderly people, only flats. We’re not getting a community centre and there are no facilities for young people.” A campaign meeting is planned for 8 February.
Closure that is clothed in shame
UNION LEADERS have pledged a fight over plans to close a Nottinghamshire clothing factory with the loss of 340 jobs. Bosses at Courtaulds want to close the Sutton-in-Ashfield factory and cut 50 jobs at its factory in Belper, Derbyshire. Officials from the trade union Community said they will meet the US-owned firm next week to try to save jobs. Deputy general secretary Paul Gates said: “We are dismayed at Sarah Lee Courtaulds’ plans and the way the announcement has been handled.”