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Issue No. 2013

The fight moves on at STVA

Vehicle handlers who are employed by the French-owned firm STVA struck on Wednesday of last week over pay. The 35 workers, members of the T&G union, are based at sites in Scotland, Birmingham and Oxford.

The workers are responsible for moving vehicles off train and truck transporters to compounds for onward journeys in Britain and overseas.

The handlers are campaigning for a pay increase of £22 a week. They presently earn £278 for a 39-hour week.

Further action is set to be called in the run-up to the new car registrations period in September. Car manufacturers affected include Jaguar, Ford, Peugeot, Citroën and Honda.

All-out strike set for RAF Valley

Around 300 workers at RAF Valley, are planning an indefinite strike from Friday.

Workers who maintain Hawk jets and are members of the T&G union last week voted by 91 percent in favour of rejecting the firm’s 3 percent pay offer and to take industrial action.

The T&G union said servicing staff at RAF Valley are badly paid compared to others doing similar jobs in the private sector.

Cleaners stand for decent pay

Cleaners in the T&G union who work on the London Underground staged pickets outside the offices of tube companies Metronet and Tube Lines on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

The companies made £108 million profit last year, yet pay cleaners a poverty wage. Many cleaners do not receive sick pay, a pension or 20 days holidays including bank holidays.

Tube cleaners are typically paid between £5.05 per hour and £6.16 per hour.

Paul Davies, the T&G lead organiser, said, “The cleaners work hard day and night to keep the underground stations clean, in one of the busiest networks in the world.

“Tube passengers will be all too aware that the work is dirty and difficult. The cleaners are paid from £5.05 per hour, with minimum holidays and often no pension or sick pay.

“We have made several attempts to move forward with the contractors and companies on the issues of pay and conditions, but cleaners are yet to see any progress and are becoming increasingly frustrated.

“The pickets are sending a clear message to the tube companies that cleaners expect them to act.”

This can dispute won’t be crushed

Some 140 of the 300 staff at the Crown Bevcan drinks can factory in Carlisle who are members of the Amicus trade union are continuing their industrial action after six weeks.

The workers began an overtime ban in June after rejecting a 2.75 percent pay offer at the factory which used to be Metal Box.

Karen Reissmann charges dropped

Bosses at Manchester mental health trust have dropped all threats of disciplinary charges against Unison union activist Karen Reissmann.

Karen was accused of publicising planned job losses among union members. Hundreds of messages to the chief executive and a 50-strong lobby sent a clear message to managers.

Health unions demonstration

Health unions met last week to discuss action to defend the NHS, including a national demonstration. A lobby of parliament is set for 25 October. Regional action is planned for November and December.

But plans for a coordinated day of action in September were shelved and a date has not been set for the national protest.

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Sat 12 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2013
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