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Issue No. 1800

Alarm raised by BT workers

SOME 200 BT workers were to begin voting in a ballot this week on possible industrial action. The workers are members of the Communication Workers Union. They are employed in BT's RedCare security division.

They monitor alarms in buildings, and BT wants to sell the division off to another firm.

Workers fear this could lead to their pension and other rights being attacked. This is just one of BT's sell-offs. It is eyeing up its Motor Transport Division for a sale that could affect 700 workers' jobs.

Some of the workers affected by this met in London last week. They voted to call on their union leaders to ballot them on possible action.

Workers stand up to closure threat

WORKERS AT a Sheffield engineering factory threatened with closure are to hold a strike ballot. More than 230 jobs are on the line at the former Shardlows plant. The factory was bought by Italian firm Bifrangi last November.

The previous owner, United Engineering Forgings, went into administration. The company announced the closure after members of the Amicus union voted by 87 percent to reject attacks on pay and conditions.

Waste plant gets dumped

THE SKEWEN Against Wastepack campaign has won its battle to stop a giant waste plant being built in Skewen near Neath in South Wales. Local socialists, environmentalists and residents have campaigned hard to defeat the proposed plant.

They have been petitioning, leafleting and holding public meetings for the last ten weeks to block the planning application by Wastepack Ltd. The waste plant was to be set up only a few miles from the incinerator complex being built by the Neath Port Talbot council in a PFI deal.

The council's planning committee met on Tuesday of last week and voted unanimously to block the waste plant project. Protesters against the Crymlyn Burrows incinerator complex are set to continue the massive resistance to the scheme.

Baa to low pay, say wool workers

WORKERS IN the textile industry across Britain are being balloted for industrial action over pay. The ballot began last week after the workers, members of the TGWU union, voted overwhelmingly to reject a 1.5 percent pay offer.

More than 800 textile workers, mainly based in Yorkshire and Lancashire, have refused to accept the bosses' 'derisory' offer. The workers have been trapped in a cycle of low pay after textile bosses complained they could not afford bigger rises. But now the workers could take action to secure a decent pay rise.

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Sat 18 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1800
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