AROUND 100 GMB union members are taking strike action at Lupton & Place’s two die-casting factories in Burnley. They have already struck for three days and planned a further three-day strike this week. The workers have not had a pay rise for years.
Management wrote to residents in Athletic Street, where the larger factory is based, inviting them to complain to the police about the picket line. However, the neighbours came to the picket line with cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and garden chairs instead.
Workers are demanding a 3.5 percent pay rise.
HUNDREDS OF Swansea hospital workers are to be balloted on strike action over a pay claim against private contractor Mediclean. The ballot will involve all Mediclean staff employed in the Swansea NHS Trust area and will include porters, cleaners and telephonists.
An NHS cleaner earns £4.62 an hour but over 50 percent of the Mediclean staff employed on the Swansea trust contract earn no more than £4.10, the current legal minimum wage.
AROUND 80 cleaners, porters and other staff struck at Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock over pay on Monday. They were following the example of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary workers (see page 7). The Inverclyde workers at present earn from £4.47 to £4.69 an hour.
THE FAIR Justice for All campaign, set up to contest the harsh jail sentences handed out following last year’s disturbances in Bradford, now has a website. The campaign has also called a rally for Monday of next week where families of those jailed and their supporters plan to meet outside Bradford Crown Court.
‘We want to show the level of support we have,’ says Sal from the campaign. ‘The police and authorities have been forced to allow our peaceful rally to go ahead. We were determined and said we would do it anyway.’
THE SECOND person went to court this week accused of crimes arising from the campaign last year to keep Govanhill pool in Glasgow open. The prosecution case against 16 year old pool worker Qasim Khan has already been heard.
Of the nine people charged, six are black. All nine have lodged complaints about police misconduct.
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