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Issue No. 1889

BUS DRIVERS with First Bus in the Lothians in Scotland struck for the day on Saturday. Workers at garages in Musselburgh, Dalkeith and Livingston were all out after a ballot in which more than two thirds of the 400-strong workforce voted for action.

The dispute is over conditions including working hours and holiday pay. One driver spoke for many when he said it was great to be taking action.


30p an hour rise just not enough

YOUTH WORKERS have voted to strike over a proposed pay rise which will mean as little as 30p an hour extra. Members of the Community and Youth Workers' Union backed action by almost nine to one in a ballot.

The union says that councils which employ the workers could afford a 10 percent pay rise rather than the 3 percent offered. Strikes could start on 2 March.


Victory in post office battle

CAMPAIGNERS celebrated victory on an east London housing estate last week as they heard they had won a fight to keep the local post office open. The Post Office wanted to close the post office on the Barkantine estate on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets. They wanted residents to walk to the post office in the nearby business development at Canary Wharf.

We gathered over 800 signatures on a petition and held a public meeting. We gave the Post Office representative a hard time, and left him in little doubt that they would have a fight if they pressed ahead with the closure.

PAUL McGARR


And they talk of family friendly

MANAGEMENT attacks designed to make us work harder for less money and which totally ignore their own equality and 'family friendly' policies provoked a response at a London Fire Brigade Unison union meeting last week. A black worker who had to take care of a severely disabled wife was sacked for persistent lateness. An angry union meeting voted for an official strike ballot.

STEVE SPARKS


York rally on Palestine

YORK Palestine Solidarity Campaign held a 100-strong public meeting last week. Speakers included local MP Hugh Bayley and Musheir Al Farra, a Palestinian who now lives in Britain. Many of the questions raised were about the government's double standards for attacking Iraq over non-existent weapons while arming Israel.

ANDREW COLLINGWOOD


Digging in to stop bypass

AROUND 20 protesters have set up a camp in woods between Blackwood and Oakdale in South Wales in opposition to the building of a new bypass. A previous petition of 4,000 signatures from Oakdale residents against the bypass was ignored.

HUW WILLIAMS


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Sat 21 Feb 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1889
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