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Issue No. 1962

Ford bosses have no Ansa to action

Deliveries of new Ford cars to showrooms across Britain were hit this week by strike action at Ansa Logistics Ltd by members of the T&G Union.

The firm’s 350 drivers, fitters and support staff have started the two weeks of action in protest against wage cuts and compulsory redundancies.

The strike affected the company’s bases at Dagenham, Southampton, Liverpool and Moss End in Scotland. The strike involves half the union membership this week with the other half taking action next week.

No conciliation for workers at Acas

Civil service workers in the PCS union at the Acas conciliation service are set to launch into a dispute of their own.

The union has submitted a petition signed by over 400 Acas staff, following a refusal by management to consult them on decisions resulting in cuts to services and job losses.

Acas plans to cut staff numbers, close local offices and cut back its conciliation service in individual rights cases.

Demand to stop export of jobs

Workers in the PCS civil service union in London and Cardiff are fighting government plans to axe 72 jobs in the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) including the closure of the Wales office.

The plans will see up to 55 jobs in Cardiff axed with some transferred back to the department’s London headquarters, where a number of jobs are also under threat.

Members walked out in shock and disgust last month after their chief executive made a brief announcement to staff, took no questions and left after 15 minutes. Reps are now looking to ballot on strike action.

Prompt action saves bus service

We recently learnt that our inner circular bus service in Sheffield was to be axed.

A petition rapidly drew hundreds of signatures, and a notice on the bus stops asking people to ring to complain evidently produced far more phone calls than they could cope with.

The service is now, very largely, saved and the agenda has broadened into the need to re-regulate public transport.

Ian Wallace

Keep Heather and Shah together

Liverpool trade unionists and Respect supporters have been campaigning over the case of local couple Heather Bullen and Shah Wali Mohmend.

Shah fled the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 and was dispersed to Liverpool. He and Heather married last year. However, Shah’s application for asylum has been rejected. The campaign has widespread support, including from the Unison union, the local press and local Labour MP Louise Ellman.

The court date is set for Tuesday of next week.

Jonathon O’Brien

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Sat 6 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1962
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