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Issue No. 1997

Rail workers win ballot for action

More than 400 platform workers in the RMT ­rail workers’ union have voted by six to one for action over cuts in the number of station staff on duty on South Eastern Trains.

Some 350 guards also voted to strike over manning levels at Hastings, Ramsgate and Dover Priory stations.

South Eastern Trains, which is owned by Govia, took over running trains in Kent, East Sussex and south east London on 1 April.

The services had previously been run by a government subsidiary after private company Connex lost its franchise in 2003.

Virgin forced to retreat on job cuts

Threatened strike action by more than 50 station staff employed by Virgin West Coast has forced the company to draw back from imposing reductions in staff cover and to agree to restart consultations.

RMT union members had voted by more than ten to one to strike over the imposition of new rosters that would have reduced numbers of staff on duty. Their three-day strike action was then called off after the company changed its plan.

Wightlink action is suspended

The RMT union has suspended action by over 350 workers on ferry companies Wightlink Guernsey and Wightlink Limited to enable union members to vote on a revised pay offer.

A ban on overtime, rest day working and late sailings was due to start on Friday of last week, with further strikes this week.Members in both companies voted overwhelmingly to take action over the company’s initial failure to offer any pay rise this year.

The company has since offered a £500 flat-rate consolidated increase for the current year and a 3 percent rise next year. If workers do not accept the deal, the action will be back on.

Journalists to ballot in Scotland

Journalists in the NUJ union at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail in Scotland have voted in favour of a ballot calling for industrial action over pay.

Around 220 NUJ members have backed a call for action over a 2.65 percent pay offer to Glasgow-based staff. Management says the offer is 2.75 per cent across the board.

Staff are angry because journalists on sister titles in London, including the Daily Mirror, People and Sunday Mirror, have been offered 3 percent.

ITV action is called off

The NUJ journalists’ union suspended strike action at ITV set for Tuesday of this week after the Acas arbitration service brokered new talks.

Over 300 workers in England and Wales, all outside London, were to strike over pay.

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Sat 22 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1997
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