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Issue No. 2002

The lobby (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The lobby (Pic: Guy Smallman)

GMB lobby

GMB union members lobbied parishioners of the Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common, London, last Sunday. Damon Buffini, head of the venture capital company Permira which part-owns the AA, is associated with the church. Since Permira took over the AA in 2004 bosses have sacked one in three workers, including a number of disabled staff.

Aslef ballot

The Aslef drivers’ union is to ballot its members on First Great Western for a series of one-day strikes over the company deliberately ignoring aspects of the 2004 pay deal and changing conditions of service without negotiations.

The union says it has “come up against a brick wall” in its attempts to negotiate on issues including 104 rest days, and the transferring of work. The ballot concludes on 21 June.

Scottish Opera

Bectu union members at Scottish Opera have voted by nearly two to one in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Bectu claims that managers at Scottish Opera have attempted to effectively derecognise the union by pressurising staff into signing individual contracts.

Workers turned down a cost of living increase of 2.5 percent which would have seen them having to work unscheduled overtime.

Defend Council Housing conference

Defend Council Housing’s annual conference took place in London this week with tenants, trade unionists and councillors coming together.

Labour MP Michael Meacher said, “The government’s housing policy is a scandal. This is a campaign that I fully expect us to win.”

Palestine solidarity demonstration

Thousands of people protested in support of the Palestinians in central London last Saturday at a demonstration organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Tue 23 May 2006, 17:51 BST
Issue No. 2002
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