Strike Watch UK 18/11/03 – 28/11/03
BARROW and South West Cumbria could be facing New Year bus chaos after drivers voted to strike over a pay offer. Stagecoach is offering its drivers a 3.5 per cent rise at most depots, including Barrow and West Cumbria. But drivers in Carlisle are being offered more than four per cent because of a chronic staff turnover rate of 50 per cent a year.
2) Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant workers stage second strike
Hundreds of workers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant are holding their second strike on Friday. The action is being taken by members of the GMB and Amicus unions at the Cumbrian site in a long-running dispute over pay.
3) Granada staff prepare for strike ballot
Staff at Granada will vote on strike action in a dispute over pay just two months before the birth of the long-awaited single ITV. Some 1,500 members of the National Union of Journalists, Bectu and Amicus will hold a ballot on industrial action in protest at an imposed pay rise of 2%. Granada bosses have also turned down a union demand for a minimum salary of £13,500.
4) Festive post faces strike threat
HUNGRY Oldham postmen and women could call a Christmas delivery strike after their canteen was closed at breakfast. The move by management proved too much for the workers at the Royal Mail's Hamilton Street depot, who are already operating an overtime ban, have withdrawn their goodwill and staged an unofficial strike last week.
Now postal workers threaten Christmas strike
Postal workers are threatening massive disruption to Christmas deliveries with two 24-hour strikes in London timed to coincide with the final dates for posting before the holiday.