BUS DRIVERS employed by Stagecoach’s Bluebird company in north east Scotland began balloting last week for a strike over pay. The 340 workers are calling for a pay rise in line with workers on Stagecoach’s rival firm First Group.
The workers’ TGWU union says Stagecoach should offer a 4 percent rise and better conditions for drivers who work long hours.
OVER 50,000 people took part in Brighton Pride on Saturday despite the torrential rain. Trade unionists, gay and lesbian groups and charities, and local people made this the biggest Pride demonstration in Brighton ever.
It brought Brighton town centre to a standstill with thousands lining the route of the march, which ended with a free festival. Hundreds of people signed an open letter that has been launched to try and force the organisers of London Mardi Gras to follow the example of Brighton – to have a huge demonstration followed by a free festival at the end.
HACKNEY COUNCIL in east London has moved to smash a long-running strike campaign by its library workers. The workers have been striking every Saturday for nine months after their special pay for weekends was taken away.
Now the council is trying to recruit ‘Saturday only’ staff to work for just one day so it can reopen a selection of its libraries on Saturdays. This is a very serious anti-union move, which the Unison union must strenuously resist at every level.
WORKERS AT a die-casting works in Burnley are upping their strike action over pay.
The 100 workers, employed by Lupton and Place, held a one-day strike on Wednesday of last week and were due to strike for two days this week. The workers, members of the GMB union, have rejected a 1 percent offer, which comes after a two-year pay freeze.
SOME 50 protesters against the impending war on Iraq turned out for a vigil and petitioning in Northampton town centre on Saturday. There were representatives from a wide range of religious and peace groups. The protest secured local press coverage.
SOME 300 RMT union members at ferry company Wightlink are to ballot for industrial action after the company announced it is scrapping its final salary pension scheme.
It has also reneged on an agreement to provide the union with full financial information. The company has already closed the final-salary scheme to new entrants. Now it wants to scrap it completely.
CAMPAIGNERS PROTESTED outside the court last week at the start of the trials of people arrested last year on a protest to save Govanhill pool in Glasgow
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