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Issue No. 2014

Air force strike grounded

A strike which was due to begin at RAF Valley on Anglesey has been postponed for a week to allow more talks.

Civilian maintenance staff employed by Babcock had voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay.

An indefinite strike by about 300 workers who service the Hawk aircraft there was due to start last Friday.

Ninety one percent of those who voted in a ballot rejected a 3 percent pay offer.

BBC unions divided on deal

Members of broadcasting union Bectu working at the BBC have voted to accept a 2.8 percent pay increase and watered-down changes to pension benefits.

In a postal ballot 61 percent voted in favour of the package, which was pushed by management last month in the face of strike action.

Results in a parallel ballot of the NUJ’s journalists produced the opposite result with 59 percent voting to reject the pay and pensions offer.

Representatives from Bectu, NUJ, and Amicus, which has yet to declare the result of its ballot, plan to meet on 1 September to discuss their joint response to the BBC.

Bolton ballots for action

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members at the Bolton Evening News have voted in favour of strike action over changes to shift patterns at the paper.

Last month the Newsquest-owned paper began printing overnight, meaning that some staff would have to work up to 11pm.

The NUJ says any staff working after 9pm have been offered a late shift allowance of £10, but that union members are calling for this to be “at least doubled”.

In a ballot, 74 percent voted in favour of strike action - with 29 members in favour and ten against.

Peace protest at global village

Some 5,000 people attended global village camp hosted by the Woodcraft Folk.

There was a demonstration to get Israel out of Lebanon which went round the whole campsite.

The camp was very inspiring and gave an enormous amount of information to everyone who attended about global issues.

Terry Patrick

Tube staff stand up to bosses

Tube drivers on London Underground’s Jubilee Line in the RMT union are to be balloted for industrial action over the “blatantly unfair” sacking of a fellow driver.

Station staff in London Underground’s Canary Wharf station group are also balloting for industrial action over the imposition of attendance procedures, systematic harassment, and the victimisation of union reps.

Strike threat over job cuts

The Unison union is threatening to ballot workers at NHS Direct over plans to close call centres and cut jobs.

The service is planning to cut 800 jobs and close 12 call centres in an attempt to claw back a deficit of £15 million - part of the wider financial crisis faced by the NHS.

Consultation over the plan was set to end on Wednesday of this week.

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Sat 19 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2014
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