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Journalists

31 August 2002
JOURNALISTS AT the Rotherham Advertiser launched their first six days of strike action over pay with a solidarity rally last Saturday. The NUJ chapel (union branch) has decided to fight low pay, following the successes at Bradford, Spalding, Guardian Media in Manchester and elsewhere. Suzanne Roberts, mother of chapel at the Spalding Guardian, and a representative from the EMAP Health Magazines NUJ chapel - who are on a 24-hour strike over pay this Friday - spoke of a changing mood among journalists.

1,000 in Birmingham meet over pay

03 August 2002
THE firefighters' FBU union last week announced that it was going to recall its national conference in Manchester on 12 September in its battle over pay. This conference would start a national strike ballot to fight for basic pay of £30,000 a year.

Why we have to fight back now

20 July 2002
"I AM 51 and a GMB union shop steward in Manchester. I work on the Benchill estate in Wythenshawe as a family service worker. My job involves working with and helping people, teaching basic parenting skills, helping their children get access to services, and so on. I'm based in a childcare centre with places for 50 children.

Aviance

13 July 2002
AIRPORT WORKERS are balloting for strike action that could hit Manchester, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Birmingham airports this summer. The 1,500 workers are employed by the airport services business Aviance which is owned by the transport group Go Ahead. The workers, members of the TGWU and GMB unions, process passengers and dispatch aircraft.

Rallying our union

13 July 2002
HUNDREDS OF civil servants have packed PCS union democracy campaign meetings around the country. They are furious that discredited general secretary Barry Reamsbottom is trying to oust elected general secretary Mark Serwotka. Over 150 people met in Sheffield on Tuesday of last week, and 140 met in Manchester the next day.

Health workers

15 June 2002
SOME 200 service users and staff marched in Manchester on Saturday in protest at over £2 million of cuts in Manchester's mental health budget.

NHS

08 June 2002
HEALTH WORKERS in Manchester plan a demonstration this Saturday, 8 June, in protest at cuts. A mass meeting of over 500 people pushed management into postponing their plan to axe 26 staff from mental health services.

Airports

08 June 2002
CALLOUS BOSSES at Manchester airport sacked at least 16 security workers over the holiday weekend. Manchester airport management tried to impose new contracts, slashing pay and conditions, on 570 security staff earlier this year. Security workers had official strikes against these cuts.

Manchester airport

25 May 2002
BOSSES AT Manchester airport have used threats of sacking to force through new contracts on security workers. Pay cuts of up to 40 percent, job cuts and increased working hours were imposed overnight. Many have left the job rather than accept the new contract.

Refugees

18 May 2002
TWO demonstrations to highlight opposition to New Labour's attacks on refugees are planned next month. The protests came out of the 350-strong conference in Manchester in March that gathered together campaigners for refugees from across Britain.

Airport

04 May 2002
WORKERS AT Manchester airport were due to strike during Thursday's elections as part of their continued fight against the imposition of new contracts. These mean up to 40 percent pay cuts, longer hours, less holidays and more shift work for 350 security workers.

Strikers win at Guardian group

04 May 2002
THE JOURNALISTS on Guardian Media Group newspapers in Manchester have won a victory over pay after a series of strikes. Management were forced to increase their pay offer the day before a nine-day stoppage by NUJ union members was due to start.

Journalists

27 April 2002
"IT'S BEEN fantastic," was how one of the striking journalists in the Guardian Media Group in Manchester summed up the start of a round of strikes over pay last week. Some 27 journalists who work on weekly papers across north Manchester and Salford were on strike again on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Manchester airport

20 April 2002
BOSSES AT Manchester airport reneged on a promise to meet with workers' representatives last week. TGWU union officials had suspended planned strike action by the 350 security workers after management insisted they would not negotiate unless strikes were called off.

NUJ

13 April 2002
"WE ASKED them nicely for a living wage and they replied with a big stick. We've got to take that stick off them and beat them with it." That's how young journalists on the newspapers in Greater Manchester owned by the Guardian Media Group described their decision to hold three two-day strikes over pay and derecognition.

Airport workers: escalate to get victory

13 April 2002
WORKERS AGAIN halted flights out of Manchester airport on Friday of last week when they began a 24-hour strike over pay and conditions. This was the latest in a series of strikes by 350 security workers at the airport against plans to introduce new security contracts that cut workers' wages and conditions.

Manchester airport ready to take off on all-out strike

06 April 2002
Hundreds of workers at Manchester airport voted unanimously last Saturday to go on all-out strike in their battle over pay. The vote was held at a mass meeting of 350 strikers at the airport. The security staff, members of the TGWU union, held a four-day stoppage that halted services over the lucrative Easter holidays.

NUJ: End low pay

06 April 2002
Journalists at a string of weekly newspapers owned by the Guardian Media Group in the Manchester area have voted for strikes over low pay. Staff at the Rochdale Observer, Asian News, Middleton Guardian, Heywood Advertiser, Rossendale Free Press, Accrington Observer, Oldham Advertiser and Salford Advertiser are to strike for six days.

Airport

27 March 2002
Security staff in the TGWU union at Manchester airport continued their industrial action with a 36-hour strike beginning at 4am on Friday of last week. Strikers lobbied five of the ten councils that sit on the control board of the airport on Friday morning. They gave out thousands of leaflets, and were encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response from the public. Later that day stewards addressed a support meeting of trade unionists and campaigners from across the city.

Meeting calls for national march

27 March 2002
A 350-STRONG conference in support of refugees took place in Manchester last Saturday. Suresh Grover from the National Civil Rights Movement summed up the mood at the opening session. He said:

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