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Car workers

12 July 2003
WORKERS AT the Peugeot car plant in Ryton, Coventry, have been told they have to accept a pay cut or face sweeping job cuts. The workers, members of the Amicus and TGWU unions, are being balloted over whether to take a drop in wages or see the plant's night shift cut and hundreds of jobs lost.


12 July 2003
SOME 80 trade unionists from Natfhe, Unison, PCS, FBU, Usdaw and Amicus marched with their banners in Manchester last Saturday. The march was over the bullying of staff at the Mancat college. One department with 20 posts has seen 35 pass through it in two years. The management made an unsuccessful attempt to dismiss the branch secretary last year. Now the college has declared compulsory redundancies in the trade union education unit, which includes a number of union branch activists.

A breath of fresh air sweeps through union

05 July 2003
DELEGATES gathered in Blackpool for the last AEEU engineers' and electricians' union conference last week. The union is to officially merge with the MSF union to form Britain's second biggest union, Amicus.

Lift engineers

05 July 2003
SOME 1,000 Otis lift engineers, members of Amicus, went on strike on Friday of last week in their continuing dispute over pay. Ken Biggs, the national organiser of the lift section of the union, told Socialist Worker, "This is not just about a 1.7 percent pay deal and an extra 2.2 percent only granted by local managers after individual interviews.


05 July 2003
WORKERS AT Goss printers in central Preston were due to start an overtime ban on Friday of this week against management attempts to impose a wage freeze. The workers are members of the TGWU union and Amicus union-both the AEEU and MSF sections.

Another statue bites the dust

28 June 2003
ONE OF Blairism's last outposts in the trade union movement received a major blow last weekend. Delegates gathered for the last ever MSF union conference as it is about to complete its merger with the AEEU union to form Amicus. They narrowly voted to affiliate to the Stop the War Coalition.

Otis lifts

28 June 2003
SOME 1,000 Otis lift engineers were due to continue their strike action on Friday of this week in a dispute over pay. Otis is the world's largest manufacturer of lifts with businesses in 200 countries. Yet it imposed a 1.7 percent pay deal. Workers, who are in the Amicus union, have rejected a further 2.2 percent offer, which would only be granted by local managers based on individual interviews.


28 June 2003
CAR WORKERS in the Amicus union at the Honda car plant in Swindon have won a 3.7 percent pay claim. Jim D'Avila, Amicus regional secretary, said, "This result is an important victory and demonstrates the value of union membership."

Lifting struggle another level

21 June 2003
SOME 1,000 lift engineers in the Amicus union working for Otis struck from Friday of last week until Tuesday of this week. The workers are protesting against an imposed pay settlement of 1.7 percent.


14 June 2003
OVER 100 Amicus union members at IT company Fujitsu Services in West Gorton, Manchester, attended a mass meeting last week. They met to discuss their pay claim, and the company's attacks on their long-standing union recognition and redundancy agreements.

The walls come tumbling down

07 June 2003
OVER 1,000 brick workers are set to walk out on strike on 9 June in the first of a series of planned one-day strikes. Hanson Bricks employs the workers. They are members of the TGWU, GMB and Amicus unions and work at 14 plants across England and Wales. The workers voted by over 60 percent to take strike action after rejecting the company's revised pay offer of 3.45 percent spread over 15 months.

Hanson Brick

31 May 2003
HUNDREDS OF workers for Hanson Bricks, Britain's biggest brick producer, are set to take strike action in a dispute over pay. The workers, in the TGWU, Amicus and GMB unions, have voted overwhelmingly to strike. The first strike is set for Monday 9 June. The second day of action is set for Monday 16 June.

Recognising will to fight

24 May 2003
AMICUS MEMBERS at the Fujitsu Services site at West Gorton, Manchester, voted by two to one in an indicative ballot for action up to and including striking in support of their pay claim.

No to an agenda for low pay in the NHS

03 May 2003
ALMOST HALF a million health workers are starting a vote on the government's Agenda for Change proposals. Members in the Amicus union started voting this week, and the much larger group of workers in Unison will vote from next Thursday. Agenda for Change is a serious attack on every health worker. Many health workers will be paid as little as £10,100 a year for a full time job.

Health workers

22 February 2003
AMICUS-MSF health workers in London voted overwhelmingly last week to oppose the government's new pay package, Agenda for Change. The meeting of the Health Service Advisory Committee (the body representing health workers in London) was the largest and angriest for years.

A lesson in not weighting

08 February 2003
UNIVERSITIES and higher education colleges across London were closed on Tuesday as lecturers and admin and manual workers continued their campaign for a decent London weighting payment. The unions involved-Natfhe, AUT, Amicus and Unison-are claiming a London weighting payment of £4,000.

Health workers

01 February 2003
AN IMPORTANT meeting for all health workers is set to take place in Birmingham this weekend. Every worker in the health service should try to come, whether you're a porter or a nurse, a cleaner or a receptionist, work in a hospital or in the community, are in Unison, GMB, Amicus or any other health union.


01 February 2003
AN OVERALL majority of 53 percent of Peugeot car workers have voted in favour of strike action. They have rejected a management pay offer worth 7.3 percent over two years. Members of both the majority TGWU and Amicus unions recorded almost identical majorities.


18 January 2003
WORKERS AT Jaguar Halewood on Merseyside, members of the Amicus union, narrowly voted against a strike over pay last week. It now looks likely that union members will take action short of a strike.

Scrooge bosses grab a huge rise

07 December 2002
WORKERS AT a factory near Burnley have entered their tenth week of selective strike action. They are Amicus-AEEU press and paintline section members at Raven Manufacturing. The workers earn £5.08 an hour and are fighting for a pay increase. Strikers have just discovered the managing director had a 17.4 percent increase last year, bringing his salary to £166,000.

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