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Health workers

03 July 2004
THE AMICUS union health section conference discussed the government’s Agenda for Change proposal on Monday of this week. This was the key debate at the conference.


10 June 2004
WORKERS IN the Amicus union at the NCR factory in Dundee are demanding a ballot for industrial action over a new pay and conditions package. Union officials are attempting to avoid a ballot. Angry members have twice overwhelmingly rejected a deal recommended by union officials at meetings. The US company has offered the 760 workers a 3.1 percent pay rise and a one-off payment of £350.

NHS Workers Pay fight grows

05 June 2004
OVER 200 health workers in the Unison and Amicus unions at Sunderland Royal Infirmary staged an unofficial walkout on Thursday of last week. They were protesting against changes to their pay under the government's Agenda for Change scheme-the biggest ever shake-up of pay and conditions in the NHS. Sunderland hospital is an "early implementer" site being used as a test-run for the government's plan. A week before the walkout, management started to send out letters to inform staff of their new pay bands.

Save manufacturing jobs

27 May 2004
AROUND 500 manufacturing workers marched through Birmingham on Saturday on a march called by the TGWU, GMB, Amicus and other trade unions. They were marching to protest against the decline of manufacturing industry. Contingents from Land Rover, Vauxhall, Alstom and other workplaces in the Midlands marched behind their union banners.


01 May 2004
HUNDREDS OF Hoover workers at the electrical goods factory in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, struck on Wednesday of last week over pay. The 24-hour stoppage by members of the Amicus union hit production of washing machines and tumble driers.

Sacked because of concerns for safety

20 March 2004
BUILDING BOSSES reacted with great sympathy when a group of scaffolders declined to work during the recent snow-they sacked them all. The 37 scaffolders, employed by NSS Industrial, were working on the Buxton Cement Works site. The workers, members of the Amicus union, downed tools when snow settled and they felt the site was not safe. One of the workers said, "Some of us have worked for two years on that job, doing up to seven days a week to keep the project on course for its completion date.

Workers' unity needed to fight these job cuts

13 March 2004
STRIKERS AT Metzeler's plant in Coalville, Leicestershire, held their sixth one-day strike on Monday over the company's pay offer. They were also planning to hold a vote over whether to continue the action. The 16 engineers have been fighting to wrestle a 73p an hour pay rise from the multinational company. They are in the Amicus union. Most of the 500 shop floor workers are in the TGWU union, who narrowly voted for the pay offer.

Health Workers

06 March 2004
MAINTENANCE workers at Preston and Chorley hospitals, Lancashire, took strike action on Monday of this week. The members of the Amicus union are fighting attacks on their pay and conditions. Under the government's "Agenda for Change", hospital workers are having their jobs evaluated.

Metzeler engineers

28 February 2004
"WE ARE making a stand for what we believe is right." That was how one worker at the Metzeler car components company in Coalville near Leicester described their battle over pay. The workers, members of the Amicus union, have held a one-day strike every Monday for the last four weeks.


21 February 2004
SIXTEEN maintenance engineers, members of the Amicus union, at the Metzeler company in Coalville, Leicestershire, are striking every Monday for a 73p an hour pay rise. This Monday was their third strike, and the workers are also implementing an overtime ban.

'Pay, not peanuts!'

14 February 2004
THE ALL-OUT strike by 199 workers at LTI (London Taxis International) in Coventry began its third week on Tuesday-and the mood "is as hard, no, harder than ever", one striker told Socialist Worker. The workers, members of the TGWU and Amicus unions, make taxis. They began the strike after months of tortuous negotiations over pay.


14 February 2004
TWO IMPORTANT meetings took place in the Amicus union last week. Both the new national executive and the joint broad left met for the first time last week. Instead of this being a drive towards a member-led union, as many people want, it saw moves by Derek Simpson to grab more control over the union. This is very unfortunate given Simpson's past record.

All-out action hits taxi manufacturer

07 February 2004
PRODUCTION workers at London Taxis International (LTI), manufacturers of the "London Taxi" in Coventry, walked out on all-out indefinite strike on Tuesday of last week. They are sick of year on year below-inflation pay deals and dragged-out pay negotiations. The strikers are in the TGWU and Amicus unions.

Willam Cook's strikers

07 February 2004
BOB McNEILL, Mark Crossland and Eddie Grimes, who are taking part in Britain's longest running industrial dispute, travelled to London on Thursday of last week to attend their bosses' appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal offices. They were part of a group of workers in the Amicus union at the William Cook's foundry in Sheffield who were told not to return to work after striking for one day in April 2001. They have been campaigning since.

BAE Systems union shows how to kick management ass

24 January 2004
We are a small group of Amicus union members trying to organise our site at BAE Systems in London. The workforce is white collar, with no trade union tradition.

Should we merge with Amicus?

17 January 2004
MEMBERS OF the GPMU print union are voting on whether their union should merge with Amicus or open negotiations with the TGWU.

Where now for the left after this good result?

20 December 2003
THE ELECTIONS for the Amicus union executive last week indicated how much has changed in Britain's second largest union. Members of the left wing Unity Gazette slate won 23 out of 48 positions, almost a majority.

Tight vote in executive elections

13 December 2003
THE RESULTS of the executive elections for the new Amicus union were still coming in as Socialist Worker went to press.


06 December 2003
ALMOST 40 reps from the Amicus, Bectu and NUJ unions representing Granada workers met with their full time broadcast organisers at the ITV unions' campaign meeting last week.


29 November 2003
VOTING PAPERS for the elections to the new national executive council for the Amicus union are now out. Amicus was created by the merger of the AEEU and MSF unions. The left is standing on a slate for the Amicus Unity Gazette. Election campaigning is well under way. The ballot closes on Friday of next week.

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