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Strike vote wins better pay

More than 400 bus workers in the RMT union at Stagecoach East Midlands are balloting on an improved pay offer, secured by threatening strike action.

They have voted by nearly ten to one for strikes, due to begin on Friday of last week.

The union had put in a claim for significant pay rises for all grades and enhanced rates for weekend and bank holiday working.

One in the eye for management

RMT union members at train operating company One struck last Saturday over the company’s failure to offer a new technology payment for the introduction of Avantix ticketing machines.

One is a subsidiary of the National Express group. Its other subsidiaries have already offered payments for the introduction of the new machines.

In a ballot of One’s 270 conductors, ticket examiners and revenue protection inspectors, 160 voted for strike action with just 44 against.

The workers are due to strike again on 7 June.

New talks called after bus action

A strike by nearly 100 bus workers at Centra Buses in south London, scheduled for Friday and Saturday of last week, was suspended after the company requested talks.

Management moved after a solid and effective strike by the members of the RMT union the previous week.

Safety concern behind stoppage

About 150 guards in the RMT union at Midland Mainline have given the company notice of four 24-hour strikes in an escalation of a long running dispute over the safe operation of multiple unit trains.

The guards were set not to book on for shifts on Friday of this week and on the following three Fridays.

Management wants to run multiple unit trains, where it is impossible to get from one section to another when the train is moving, with only one guard.

Deportation is a death sentence

Activists in Manchester are stepping up the campaign to stop the deportation of Mervis Makhaza and her daughter Beatrice.

Mervis has been in Britain for two and a half years since fleeing for her life from Malawi, where her husband died.

She was very ill on arrival and was subsequently diagnosed as HIV positive.

Mervis has been placed on a combination of drugs which have substantially increased life expectancy for HIV positive people in Britain.

She would have no access to them if she is now deported to Malawi.

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Sat 28 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1953
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