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BBC workers discuss their next move

18 June 2005
The dispute at the BBC over 3,800 job cuts is at a crucial stage. Union leaders from Bectu, the NUJ and Amicus unions met the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, on Wednesday of last week.

Bank workers make a statement over pay

04 June 2005
The first strike by bank workers in eight years caused major problems for the giant HSBC bank on Friday of last week. Thousands of workers in the Amicus union struck over the bank’s below inflation pay offer.

Banking on a fightback at HSBC

28 May 2005
The giant HSBC bank was set to see major strike action hit its operations across Britain on Friday this week. Workers in the Amicus union have voted by 68 percent to 32 percent in favour of striking over pay.

HSBC bank workers close the tills

21 May 2005
Thousands of workers at the giant HSBC bank are set to strike over pay on Friday of next week. The Amicus members voted by two to one in favour of striking.

Amicus conference — leader bangs the drum for government

21 May 2005
Over 800 delegates gathered in Brighton last weekend for the first national conference of the 1.2 million strong Amicus union.

ITV strike forces improved pay offer

23 April 2005
Strike action by workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV has forced management to make an improved offer over pay.

ITV strikers channel their anger over pay

16 April 2005
Hundreds of media workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions struck between Friday and Sunday of last week at ITV. They are fighting for decent pay. Strikers picketed ITV offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.

Media round-up

09 April 2005
ITV workers’ strike set to hit flagship programmes Members of the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV were set to strike on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week in their pay dispute. The strike involves over 700 broadcasting, production and studio staff at ITV centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham and Birmingham.

Why we believe a merger between Amicus and the T&G unions will not be so super for workers

12 February 2005
Amicus THE NATIONAL executive of the Amicus union was told on Wednesday of last week about plans for a three-way merger with the T&G and GMB unions. Almost every executive member knew about the plans in advance—by reading about them in the newspapers.

Union mergers

05 February 2005
"This is a huge move that could lead to a union of two million members. It lays the basis for British unions to be grouped around two centres — public sector workers in Unison, private in T&G-Amicus. It’s being done at great pace. The rumour before the T&G executive meeting was that the timetable is: executive decision now, conference decision in the summer and a ballot in the autumn.

Company robs its workers

29 January 2005
MEMBERS OF the TGWU and Amicus unions lobbied parliament on Monday of this week in protest at their employer, US telecoms firm APW, robbing them of their pensions. Some 1,200 staff and pensioners have lost around 80 percent of their pensions after the company wound up its pension scheme.

Striking over holidays to win decent shifts

08 January 2005
IT’S 6am on New Year’s Eve morning in Longsight, Manchester, and three Amicus union members are stoking the picket brazier at the Alstom rail maintenance depot.

Pickets celebrate their 20-0 victory

18 December 2004
AROUND 130 Amicus and RMT union members at the Alstom Manchester Traincare depot in Longsight, Manchester, struck again on Friday of last week.

In brief

13 November 2004
Strikers smoke out bosses SOME 400 members of the Amicus union at the British American Tobacco plant in Southampton went on strike on Wednesday of last week.

Make Jaguar demonstration a focus for city’s anger over attacks on jobs

13 November 2004
THE TGWU, Amicus and GMB unions have called a march and rally to save Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry.


06 November 2004
THE AMICUS general union is seeing a damaging fight on the left.

Car workers

30 October 2004
THE TGWU and Amicus unions have called a march and rally on Saturday 27 November to save the Jaguar Browns Lane plant in Coventry from closure.

Welded together by solidarity

04 September 2004
SACKED STEEL erectors at the Wembley Stadium site returned to the picket lines after the bank holiday, boosted by the news that the Amicus union had announced its intention to declare the dispute official.

Now the union is the real thing

24 July 2004
COCA-COLA’S national force of field engineers have voted 90 percent in favour of union recognition with Amicus.

Retreat over call for Blair to resign

10 July 2004
THE AMICUS union held its section conferences last week. About 80 delegates from both blue and white collar sections attended the aerospace conference.

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