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Derby Rolls Royce sees stoppages

Around 2,300 Amicus union members at the Derby Rolls Royce plant are holding a one-hour strike at the end of their shifts every day this week. The workers are also working to rule.

The engineers and skilled workers at the plant voted by 64 percent to reject the company’s latest pay offer of 3.5 percent plus a £500 one off payment.

Workers say that the offer is inadequate given the company’s hugely increased profits but Rolls Royce is insisting it will not improve on its basic offer.

Rolls Royce’s annual results show that their profits are up by 49 percent, sales by 9 percent, that they have an order book increase of 21 percent.

Glenn Johnson, Amicus’s regional officer, said, “We and our members believe that Rolls Royce should be sharing more of its very healthy profits with the people that have generated them - their employees.”


Unions together to save NHS

Health unions and the TUC, working under the banner NHS Together, are planning a lobby of parliament on 1 November to challenge cuts and privatisation in the NHS.

The lobby will begin at 11am. For more information go to the campaign website, www.nhstogether.org.uk


Secretaries plan to strike

Medical secretaries working at Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust were set to strike on Thursday of this week over plans to cut a least 90 out of 140 full time posts.

The trust wants to outsource the transcription of tapes to India. The medical secretaries are represented by the GMB union, which fears the outsourcing may lead to job losses and errors in the records.


Protesting against inadequate offer

Dozens of workers at Goodrich Power Systems in Leighton Buzzard, in Bedfordshire, struck on Friday of last week.

Workers were protesting against the lack of negotiation over an annual pay award offered by Goodrich management.

Workers were offered 3 percent in the first year and inflation for the second year.

They have started an indefinite overtime ban. Further days of action are planned.


Fujitsu workers defend union

Several hundred Amicus union members at Fujitsu Manchester are about to be balloted for strike action in defence of union recognition and redundancy rights, and for a decent pay deal.

The campaign was boosted last week by an event including Tony Benn, trade union speakers, and a screening of Ken Loach’s film Bread and Roses. For more information, including how to offer support, visit www.ourunion.org.uk

Ian Allinson Amicus rep Fujitsu


Ministry of Defence work to rule

Workers in the PCS and Prospect unions in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) voted overwhelmingly for a work to rule. The action is set to start on 16 October. Up to 4,000 staff face losing their jobs or being transferred.


HM Revenue and Customs work to rule

Another 7,000 PCS members joined the work to rule in HM Revenue and Customs this week. Some 15,000 workers are now protesting against the new “Lean” working practices.


Passport service ballot

Some 2,200 PCS union members at the Identity and Passport Service are balloting over the lack of a 2006 pay offer from management.

Many workers lost out in last year’s pay deal so the workforce is disgruntled. We are not waiting for a bad deal so we are balloting.

Management cancelled pay talks last week so workers staged a stunt in central London. The ballot was set to end on Thursday of this week.

PCS member


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Sat 7 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2021
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