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Issue No. 2016

Tesco sacks a Polish union rep

A T&G union shop steward has been sacked at a Tesco distribution warehouse in Middleton in north west England.

The union believes this took place following comments in an article in the Daily Mail.

The T&G has been campaigning to end the two tier pay and conditions, and other problems that exist on the site.

The T&G believes that the fact that Wincanton workers and Driving Edge workers, both groups permanently employed on site, have different pay and conditions is discriminatory.

Adam, the sacked shop steward, is Polish. He has not only been told that he has lost his job, he has also been given just seven days to leave the company accommodation.

New offer halts Stansted strike

Unions that represent the baggage handlers and check-in staff at Stansted airport last week agreed to look at a new pay offer and called off a proposed bank holiday weekend strike.

Their dispute was with ground handling company Swissport.

But after three days of talks, the T&G and GMB unions said they had agreed to an improved salary deal.

The joint shop stewards’ committee is recommending the 11 percent pay rise over two years to its members.

Bus workers will look at pay deal

Members of the TSSA transport union employed at First Centre West buses in west London postponed a strike set for bank holiday weekend after receiving a new pay offer.

The offer followed talks at arbitration service Acas, and consultation with members.

Union members employed as controllers and instructors/ trainers were to strike over pay and differentials.

Manchester Pride humiliates the NF

“Fascists Not Welcome In Manchester” was the message, in two foot high coloured lettering on the pavement, from Miriam and her three year old daughter to the Nazi National Front last Saturday.

They were doing street art as part of the Unite Against Fascism protest against a threat by the Nazi National Front to harass the Gay Pride parade in Manchester city centre.

When a handful of National Front supporters eventually turned up under police escort, 30 anti-fascists give them a loud and lively welcome, raising placards to block the view of the Nazis’ anti-gay banner. Several of the placards were provided by the Manchester Unison union.

The thousands on the colourful Pride parade occasionally hurled abuse at the Nazis - or showered them with tinsel and confetti - but most were barely aware of their presence.

As the parade ended, Unite supporters kept up a constant verbal barrage against the eight sad-looking Nazis.

Mike Killian

HP Sauce

Staff at the HP sauce factory in Birmingham have been told the site will definitely close with production moved abroad.

Unions campaigned against the closure plan, which will see 120 jobs go.

A demonstration was followed by the union offering its own cuts plan, but this did not dissuade bosses.

Strike action was not attempted.

T&G union spokesperson Zeffar Qurreshi, who has worked at the plant for 29 years, said he was “absolutely gutted”.

“I know other workers will feel the same,” he said.

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Sat 2 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2016
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