Airport strike is on the runway
AIRPORT WORKERS employed by Aviance were waiting this week for the results of possible new talks between their union officials and management.
Over 1,000 baggage handlers and check-in staff in the GMB union voted last week to strike over pay, having rejected a 2.5 percent offer. The size of the vote, over 80 percent for action, showed the deep anger over how little Aviance was prepared to put on the table.
Airlines that could be affected by strike action include British Midlands, Iberia, Air India, Easyjet, JAL Japan and Air Seychelles. Aviance operates at Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Stansted, Southampton and Teesside airports.
Horses back the handlers' battle
RACECOURSE STALL handlers in the TGWU union took action on Friday and Saturday, affecting race meetings. The strike had an impact on the prestigious Temple Stakes at Epsom on Friday. Because the stalls were out of action an elastic tape was used as the start line.
The second favourite, Forever Phoenix, which had attracted a number of four-figure bets, turned away from the start tape just before the race began. Another horse was a few yards behind the line. The horses had no chance of winning the race.
The stall handlers' employer RaceTech is cutting the workers' allowance by up to £7,000. The union is pledging to up its action if the employers don't back down.
Great meetings in north London
TWO HUNDRED students and staff at City and Islington College in north London heard George Galloway speak recently at a Unite Against Fascism event alongside the Labour and Green candidates.
The event was a fantastic success with students dancing, rapping and performing poetry against racism. The next day 60 people came to the Stop the War Coalition hustings at the college. Respect received a brilliant response.
After the meeting six people signed up to help the Respect campaign. A former Labour member went up to the secretary and treasurer of the North Islington Labour Party and told him that he no longer considered himself to be a member.
Fighting cuts at MANCAT college
PETER TAVERNOR, the principal of Mancat college in Manchester, decided to close the Trade Union Education Unit last month. Staff were informed on 21 May and told there would be a 'process of consultation'. Staff were then told on 28 May that the unit was closing with immediate effect, were given notice of redundancy and banned from entering the college premises.