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Issue No. 1961

Asda workers ready for strike

MEMBERS OF the GMB union at Asda’s distribution depot in Washington, county Durham, were set to strike on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

Some 74 percent of the workers voted to strike.

Union members have demanded a 10 percent pay rise with no strings attached.

In a second dispute at Skelmersdale, Lancashire, where Asda have so far refused to recognise the union, management have withdrawn changes to drivers’ hours after the threat of a strike ballot. Management may fear fighting on two fronts.

BP profits up, but pension to go

OVER 300 petroleum tanker drivers are to balloted on strikes after BP confirmed to the T&G union that their final salary pension scheme is to close.

The contract to deliver petrol for BP is currently held by Exel. This will change from 1 August when the contract is taken back in house by BP. The oil giant is forecast to make over £11 billion profits this year on the back of rising oil prices.

Hebden Respect’s meeting success

WE HAD a great Respect meeting on Wednesday of last week in the Hebden area of Halifax. It was a showing of George Galloway’s US Senate committee speech.

As well as informing regular contacts, we made sure fliers and posters went out. None of the shops we approached were reluctant to put them up.

A Respect member drew up a press release and, to our surprise, it was published—so it’s worth doing.

Some 45 people attended, including people from the Labour Party, environmentalists, and some members of the Asian community. The video was followed by discussion and 30 people left contact details.

Paul Sutcliffe

Who will pay for fire deaths?

FIRE BRIGADES Union members in Somerset are to start industrial action from Thursday of next week if talks with management fail to resolve a dispute over insurance cover for attending terror incidents.

Suffolk firefighters are also set to strike for three hours on Tuesday of next week and for two hours on Friday in a battle against 12 job losses.

Blair bars poor Africans from football tournament

FIVE OF the seven teams from Africa were missing as footballers from around the world arrived in Edinburgh last week for the Homeless World Cup.

Despite trying for months to get visas, players from Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia were refused entry. Appeals to Tony Blair had no effect.

So much for a concern about African poverty—homeless footballers cannot come to Britain because they are too poor!  

Pete Cannell

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Sat 30 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1961
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