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Now the union is the real thing

Issue No. 1911

COCA-COLA’S national force of field engineers have voted 90 percent in favour of union recognition with Amicus.

Field engineers are the people who fix vending machines in workplaces and public spaces across Britain.

The bargaining group has been traditionally hard to unionise because of the isolated nature of the workforce operating from vans covering regional sales areas.

The vote was won on a 64 percent turnout and builds on Amicus success in organising within the company in Wakefield, East Kilbride, Milton Keynes, Sidcup and Edmonton.

The union says it will use the latest result as a platform to launch its next recruitment campaign, aimed at Coca-Cola marketing staff.

John Allot, Amicus national officer for the food and drink industry, said, “We are delighted with the result.

“It is a massive majority and goes to show just how much employees who work on their own value the collective power which comes from union membership.”


Bosses plan to hurt our children

THE CWU postal and telecom workers’ union has condemned Royal Mail’s decision to consider closing its only nursery available in the whole of the country for postal workers. It is situated at the Mount Pleasant sorting and delivery office in London.

Martin Walsh from London CWU says, “We find it incredible that Royal Mail are seriously considering closing the nursery.

“If this goes ahead management will be forcing people into unemployment. The facility caters for the children of postal workers who do varied shift patterns, including early morning start times. The union is determined to fight these plans, and we will use all means at our disposal to support our members and their children.”

Hot welcome for minister in Devon

AROUND 100 pensioners turned up to give Malcolm Wicks, the pensions minister, a hotter reception than he’d bargained for when he visited Exeter on Monday.

After a demonstration led by a coffin, containing the government’s promises to pensioners to get rid of means testing, we blocked the minister’s easy entrance into the conference he was attending.

While he did his best to shrug off the shouted and angry questions, he admitted he’d had “a warm greeting from Devon”!


Congratulations and many thanks

CONGRATULATIONS to photographer Jess Hurd, whose work appears frequently in Socialist Worker

She has won the “Best Photograph” award in this year’s TUC Press & PR Awards.

The picture selected was one of her pictures of trade unions organising in Iraq, published in the TSSA Journal.

MANY THANKS to the person who sent £500 in memory of Ian Murray from south London, who died recently.

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Sat 24 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1911
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