Manchester

Virgin rail catering workers on strike

Manchester: 100 catering workers at Virgin Trains are on strike in support of a sacked colleague.

Rachel Tombling sustained injuries when her head hit a computer screen in an on-board shop when her train experienced rough riding - but was sacked for wilfully damaging it. The sacking was upheld at an appeal, and now workers from Virgin West Coast’s Manchester Piccadilly depot are on strike, having been out for three days so far.

Parking attendants wildcat in Manchester

A parking attendant

A wildcat strike by parking attendants in Manchester over a sub-inflation pay offer has cost the employer thousands of pounds in unissued fines.

The Manchester Evening News reports:

Parking attendants in Manchester have gone back to work after a day of industrial action. They turned up for work this morning but refused to go out to work in a continuing row over pay and treatment by management.

University of Manchester to axe 400 staff

University of Manchester

Four hundred jobs are to go at the University of Manchester to clear a £30m debt, it has emerged.

The university admitted that it is looking to make voluntary redundancies to offset the debt, which was created by the merger between the Victoria Manchester University and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (Umist) in 2004.

There are no plans for compulsory job cuts.

Manchester NHS workers on strike

250 employees of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust will take their first day´s strike today, Wednesday January 31st. This follows a 91.6% ballot result in favour of strike action.

The strike action will be taken by 250 community nurses, occupational therapists and team secretaries to stop the cuts in community mental health teams which include:

* reduction in staffing numbers in community mental health teams and consequent higher caseloads, and a reduction in service to keep people well

Five-day-strike: Report from Manchester Fujitsu strike meeting

Report from January 17th Fujitsu strike meeting in Manchester.

A packed meeting of Amicus members this afternoon decided:

1. To elect Dean Burn as a new Rep.

2. That we should continue to be available for dispute talks at any time, but that unlike in November, we should not suspend the action unless there was tangible evidence of good prospects of success, to avoid further time-wasting.

Update on Manchester Fujitsu strike

A report from the Amicus union on the recent strike of Fujitsu workers in Manchester, dated December 1st.

Dispute Update
Amicus Reps Ian Allinson, Lynne Hodge and Sulayman Munir attended the talks with ACAS yesterday, where the company was represented by Richard Bull, Larry Upton and Howard Morgan.

Manchester Fujitsu workers on strike

Workers at a Fujitsu site in Manchester were on strike Monday, and have a further two-day strike planned to begin on Wednesday.

The action, organised by the Amicus union, is in response to several grievances - including unpaid overtime, pay rise delays and erosion of redunancy rights. The Fujitsu site at Central Park provides call centre and IT services to the public sector, workers at another site at West Gorton also participated in the action.

JJB workers to go out on strike

JJB workers are calling for a higher basic wage

The BBC are reporting that unionised workers at Greater Manchester-based JJB Sports plan to go on strike next week calling for better wages and conditions, according to the GMB Union.

The GMB said 266 workers at the JJB distribution warehouse in Martland Park, Wigan, are taking action on Tuesday and Thursday.

There will also be a continuous ban on overtime from Tuesday morning as workers protest against a 3% pay rise.

Union negotiators are seeking a higher basic rate for warehouse staff.

They are also calling for equal access to a bonus scheme.

Manchester United fans fight back

A press release by the Manchester Education Committee group of Man Utd supporters who disrupted a reserve team game.

PRESS RELEASE - Operation Havana, 07-10-2004