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Issue No. 1939

Scabs break rules in airport strike

AIRPORT FIREFIGHTERS in Glasgow are going into their third week of indefinite all-out strike. The bosses are breaking all the rules to keep the airport open, using senior fire officers from all the other British Airport Authority airports to scab on their subordinates.

These managers are neither fully trained nor are they taking the necessary rest breaks.

Firefighters at the six other BAA airports, who are also in the T&G union, are outraged at the actions of their officers. The key to winning this dispute lies in persuading the rest of the BAA Glasgow workforce to take action in solidarity with their colleagues. The dispute could be won very quickly if this were to happen.
A BAA worker
To send messages of support phone Donald Munro (T&G regional industrial organiser) on 07810 157 910

Lecturers vote yes for action

LECTURERS IN about 80 colleges have voted by three to one to strike over pay.

A social arranged by the Natfhe union at Croydon College, south London, revealed the mood to fight among lecturers there. After a month of scandals at the college, activists organised this event to raise the profile of the union.

Union branch secretary Tim Miller said, “We planned for 20 people and were amazed when 50 came. All of them were so angry with college management and keen to respond. “Twenty people joined the union on the night. I would encourage anybody in a union position to do this as a way of uniting branch members.”

Fire: London cuts campaign grows

OVER 120 people attended a meeting called by local firefighters against cuts at the Dockhead station, south London, last week. This followed a similar meeting in Bethnal Green, east London, earlier this month. Respect MP George Galloway spoke alongside Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes and recently elected assistant general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Matt Wrack.

There was unanimous opposition from local residents to the proposal to cut an engine from Dockhead.

The FBU and residents from the inner London areas affected by the proposed cuts are focusing on a meeting of the London fire authority on 17 March.

Museum workers exhibit resistance

HUNDREDS OF civil service workers in the Prospect and PCS unions at the National Museum of Science and Industry were set to strike on Wednesday of this week.

The strike is against a below inflation pay offer and management’s cost cutting measures.

The action will hit the Science Museum in London, the National Rail Museum in York and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford.

As part of its cuts, management has closed ten galleries, cut the visitor programme budget by 64 percent and threatened the closure of the Science Museum library.

Lobby your MP over civil rights

Civil rights campaigners are organising a parliamentary lobby next month against the government’s “war on terror”.

Book an appointment to see your MP on 11 or 12 March, and ask your MP to give a public undertaking not to vote for the renewal or extension of New Labour’s anti-terror laws.

The lobby is sponsored by a wide range of groups, including the Muslim Parliament, CND, Liberty, Stop Political Terror, Respect, the Stop the War Coalition, Red Pepper and the Green Party. It is organised by the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities.

Dockers set to ballot for action

Dockers at Associated British Ports (ABP) are balloting for strike action after the breakdown of pay talks between their T&G union and management.

“Our members had rejected a 2.9 percent pay offer and given us a clear indication that they were prepared to have a full industrial action ballot if negotiations failed,” says T&G spokesperson Colin Carr.

Workers win fight for recognition

Workers at a Devon engineering works have voted in favour of forcing their employer to recognise a trade union.

Staff at Gleason Works in Plymouth voted 128 to 107 in favour of having union representation in talks on pay and conditions for its 246 staff.

The US-owned company currently does not recognise any trade union. The GMB union said the firm now had to work out a recognition agreement, otherwise one could be legally imposed.

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Sat 19 Feb 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1939
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