AVIANCE, THE airport servicing company at Gatwick, have launched a serious attack on their workforce. At the beginning of the year they announced a series of cost cutting measures. In response the workforce staged a series of unofficial actions that caused severe disruption.
Despite the union repudiating the action, the company suspended the union convenor. They then sacked four other workers. That was nearly four weeks ago. The unions involved, the TGWU and GMB, should be calling for a strike ballot over these victimisations and campaigning for a yes vote among the membership.
However, they appear to be pursuing the matter through the employment appeal tribunal.
Vote shows anger at Hamble
WORKERS AT Aerostructures at Hamble, near Southampton, struck for the second time on Friday of last week and planned more action this week.
Union members rejected an offer of a 3 percent pay rise from Smiths Group, the multinational parent company, and voted by an overwhelming 87 percent majority to take action. The strike involves four unions-Amicus, GMB, TGWU and Ucatt.
Socialist Alliance backs Respect
MEMBERS OF the Socialist Alliance attended a special conference last Saturday where they voted to support Respect: The Unity Coalition. A motion was overwhelmingly carried stating, 'The Socialist Alliance calls on all its members to support Respect: The Unity Coalition by activity, finance and to join it.'
The motion stated the Socialist Alliance will not stand separate candidates in the forthcoming elections.
Health workers plan their strike
PORTERS AND domestics at North Manchester General Hospital and porters at Fairfield Hospital plan to strike against poverty pay for one day next week. Following their ballot, members of the Unison union were meeting on Tuesday of this week to discuss when they strike and what their strategy should be.
Branch secretary Pete Hinchliffe told Socialist Worker, 'The government has come up with proposals for a new minimum wage. The employers, ISS Mediclean, are offering considerably less.' This week the trust which covers the hospital threatened to sack up to 170 staff in order to balance its books.