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Issue No. 2003

Ryton workers protesting

Ryton workers protesting

Peugeot protest

Some 100 Peugeot Ryton workers protested on Friday of last week over the closure of their plant. The demonstration took place outside the Peugeot dealership in Coventry. Workers are balloting for strikes despite threats from Peugeot to accelerate the closure if workers vote for action.

800 are out at Nottingham buses

All 4,700 Saturday bus journeys were cancelled last weekend as over 800 Nottingham city transport drivers held their first strike for 30 years.

The strike followed workers’ rejection of a 2.4 percent pay offer – worth only an extra 20p an hour.

It saw over 50 workers on the picket line at the main depot.

Only three workers crossed the picket line – and they had to be sent home by managers.

More action is promised every Saturday until management comes back to the negotiating table with a better offer.

A union leaflet contrasts the workers’ low wages and unsocial hours with two managers who get between £64,000 and £100,000 plus bonuses a year.

Richard Buckwell

Talks after action at Wilts & Dorset

A two-day strike by 700 RMT transport workers’ union members at the Wilts and Dorset bus company set for Thursday and Friday of last week has been postponed until Monday and Tuesday of next week to allow talks on a revised pay offer.

Drivers, engineers and office staff at depots in Salisbury, Poole, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Swanage, Blandford, Pewsey and Lymington struck on 18 May.

They were protesting against an “inflation-only” pay offer that would also undermine working conditions.

The union was set to meet with management on Thursday of this week.

Scottish Opera battle is stalled

The Bectu union suspended a strike at Scottish Opera set for Thursday of last week after Alex Neil, convenor of the Scottish parliament’s enterprise and culture committee, wrote to both Bectu and Scottish Opera.

The dispute was over attempts to derecognise Bectu as the union representing backroom staff.

Cambridge row over job cuts

Members of the National Union of Journalists at the Cambridge Evening News have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action because of the failure of management to discuss proposed redundancies.

Up to 20 jobs are to go, meaning more work for those who remain.

The ballot is set to begin on Monday of next week.

Church workers’ faith in the union

the staff of the Church of Scotland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognition by the Amicus union.

Some 85 percent voted in favour on a 80 percent turnout.

A new recognition agreement with the Church of Scotland will cover 240 members. It will allow the union to negotiate on pay, hours and holidays as well as having the right to represent members on individual disciplinaries and grievances.

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Sat 3 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2003
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