A vote to get this rise in the bag
WORKERS AT airport baggage handling company Aviance have voted for strikes just as talks with their bosses were due to take place on Wednesday of this week.
Members of the TGWU union voted by 658 to 163 for strikes over pay, with a larger vote for action short of a strike.
The company is offering just a 2.5 percent rise for this year compared with 4.2 percent last year.
The GMB and Amicus unions are also balloting for action.
Councils chip away at offer
LOCAL AUTHORITY building and maintenance workers have thrown out council bosses’ latest pay offer.
Building workers’ unions are angry that employers have ignored their claim for a 7 percent pay increase and a one-off low pay supplement of £400 for labourer grades.
Unions could now move to a ballot for action.
A good lesson in stopping sackings
THE THREAT of strike action by teachers and support staff in Leeds has stopped the threat of compulsory redundancies arising from schools reorganisation and budget deficits.
Education Leeds, the private body that runs the city’s schools, has been forced to redeploy staff in line with agreements secured by workers employed by the city council.
Postponed by rubbishy laws
A STRIKE by bin workers and street sweepers in Hackney, east London, was suspended last week because of the anti-union laws.
Under the Tory laws, which Labour has retained, the strike could have been challenged over regulations relating to the ballot that sanctioned the action.
A bin worker at the Millfields Road depot told Socialist Worker:
“We are obviously very angry that we have been prevented from taking action to defend a colleague from suspension and to protest at the unfair bonus scheme. I’m angry about these laws which protect the employer, and also that some union officials failed to see the problems coming with the ballot. Now we are going to start the whole process again.”
Safety watchdog yelps at its own
MANAGEMENT OF the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have imposed the 2003 pay deal on its workforce.
Members of the Prospect and PCS unions were told in an e-mail over the heads of their representatives that negotiations had come to an end.
The imposed offer includes pay rises below inflation for over 20 percent of HSE staff—effectively pay cuts.
Fifty PCS and Prospect members demonstrated outside the HSE London headquarters on Friday of last week.
The work to rule that has dramatically cut HSE revenues in the nuclear and chemical industries continues.
“The gloves are off,” said a Prospect union rep, “We are now in a state of war. The HSE board must be forced out.”