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Tea plantation workers weighing the tea that they have picked. They earn the equivalent of 66p a day and if they don’t pick 44lbs of tea a day, their wages are halved

‘throw Out Stinking Gourmet Deal’

‘WE want a hands up vote at the mass meeting tomorrow, and we want the provisional agreement between Gate Gourmet, the TGWU and the...

Brown Attacks Unions On Pay

In his keynote speech to the Labour Party Conference yesterday, Chancellor Gordon Brown declared for ‘New Labour renewed’. Assuming he will succeed Blair as...

DON’T PRIVATISE ROYAL MAIL – CWU tells Labour Party conference

Hundreds of angry postal workers are lobbying the Labour Party conference in Brighton today against government plans to privatise Royal Mail. Communication Workers’ Union (CWU)...
Family of Jean Charles de Menezes visit site of their son's murder

‘The whole airport must come out’ demand Gate Gourmet workers

‘THE whole airport must come out to win our jobs back and to defeat the victimisation of BA workers who took sympathy strike action...
Locked out Gate Gourmet workers were still picketting the factory at Heathrow yesterday despite the deal by their union leaders for redundancies and worse terms and conditions

Withdraw UK Troops Now!

OVER 100,000 will be gathering in central London today, on the eve of the Labour Party conference, to demand the withdrawal of British and...

BA SUSPENSIONS ‘TEST OF THE UNION’ say Gate Gourmet workers

THE GATE Gourmet mass picket at Heathrow airport was visited by Transport and General Workers Union General Secretary Tony Woodley and the union’s General...
Police chief Blair must resign says Maria Otone de Menezes

NHS Staff Face Privatisation!

The coming clash between the trade unions and the Labour government over plans to step up the privatisation of the NHS was yesterday...

Met Chief’s Call For Troops

‘This militarisation of the police will increase the risk that we run already, not just to our civil liberties but to our very safety,’...

‘WE WON’T SIGN AWAY OUR RIGHTS’ says Gate Gourmet shop steward

LOCKED out Gate Gourmet workers received a report back yesterday morning on the picket line at Heathrow Airport from their shop stewards, of a...

‘WE’RE READY TO FIGHT FOR VICTORY’ say Gate Gourmet workers

GATE Gourmet shop stewards went to a meeting at the Trades Union Congress in central London yesterday with leaders of their union, the TGWU,...

HIGH ALERT IN BASRA! – tensions after tank attack ‘rescue’

British troops in Iraq were on high alert yesterday for fear of further clashes as tensions continued over the rescue at tank-point of two...
Locked-out Gate Gourmet workers were joined by the TGWU executive council members on the picket line outside the factory yesterday

3,000 Junior Doctors Jobless!

AS many as 3,000 junior doctors are unable to find posts and are being driven to seek work either abroad or outside the NHS,...

NO ‘COMPROMISE AGREEMENT!’ say Gate Gourmet workers

SHOP Stewards representing the 670 locked out Gate Gourmet workers are meeting Transport and General Workers Union General Secretary Tony Woodley at the union’s...

‘We have to keep our rights’ say Gate Gourmet workers

GATE Gourmet workers are opposing a ‘compromise agreement’, which the company and leaders of the Transport and General Workers’ Union are negotiating and which...

Grampian Foods Pensions Strike

A pensions strike at Grampian Foods, which supplies meat to Britain’s supermarkets, could soon hit shelf supplies, warned the Transport and General Workers’ Union...
Locked out Gate Gourmet workers yesterday morning are determined to be reinstated on their original terms and conditions

Young Socialists march in Birmingham

MORE THAN 100 youth won enthusiastic support from shoppers as they marched with the Young Socialists through Birmingham city centre on Saturday afternoon, as...

Gate Gourmet workers say: WE WANT VICTORY! – while TGWU leaders discuss compulsory redundancies...

LOCKED out Gate Gourmet workers spoke to News Line on the picket line yesterday. Mrs L Saran said: ‘We are becoming impatient. Last Monday we...

‘Reinstatement For All – And No Victimisations’

TALKS are taking place between Gate Gourmet management and the Transport and General Workers Union today. Locked out Gate Gourmet workers told News Line on...

Clarke To Introduce Internment

HUMAN rights organisations yesterday furiously condemned the government for planning the introduction of internment in Britain, by giving police the powers to detain suspects...

‘SET A SPEEDY UNILATERAL DATE FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ’ TUC demands of Blair government

THE Trades Union Congress yesterday voted unanimously to ‘call on the British government to set its own unilateral date for an early and speedy...
Locked out Gate Gourmet workers speak with their TGWU shop steward outside the Heathrow plant at the weekend. They have been locked  out since August 10, demanding full reinstatement on their original terms and conditions

We want action not words from TUC

LOCKED-OUT Gate Gourmet workers, boosted by their successful intervention at the TUC in Brighton on Monday, are calling for immediate reinstatement or action to...
Young Socialists marchers received an enthusiastic response in Birmingham last Saturday for their stand against ASBOs and Dispersal Orders

NO TO CITY ACADEMIES! – TUC rejects Blair ‘flagship’ policy

THE TUC yesterday voted unanimously to oppose city academies. The National Union of Teachers President Hilary Bills urged the TUC to step up a campaign...

‘We Want Action To Win’ Say Gourmet Workers

GATE GOURMET strikers were on the picket line at Heathrow Airport yesterday in high spirits, after their successful intervention at the TUC in Brighton...

FULL SUPPORT! – pledge the TUC and trade union leaders

‘NO to redundancies!’ ‘We want our jobs!’ ‘We want justice!’ shouted over 300 locked out Gate Gourmet workers yesterday inside the TUC Congress in...

GATE GOURMET WORKERS DEMAND TUC ACTION – ‘to win all our jobs back’

A LARGE number of sacked Gate Gourmet catering workers from Heathrow were on their way to Brighton to lobby the Trades Union Congress early...

‘WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF TALKS WE WANT ACTION’ say Gate Gourmet locked out...

The Gate Gourmet pickets at Heathrow Airport yesterday had a Transport and General Workers Union shop stewards report back on a meeting held with...

‘TUC MUST ACT’ to win dispute says John McDonnell Labour MP

GATE Gourmet strikers are travelling to the TUC Congress in Brighton on Monday demanding action to win their dispute from the TUC not...
UNISON General Secretary DAVE PRENTIS (centre) with Ambulance workers PHIL BELL, mark belkin, paramedic ANDREA SHIELDS and duty station officer MOHAMMED HALAWI

DEFEND JOBS AND WAGES – Smash Blair’s privatisation drive says CWU rally

‘I BELIEVE we can win this,’ Communication Workers Union General Secretary Bill Hayes told a mass rally against privatisation by over 600 postal workers...

Gate Gourmet has to be central question for TUC Crow tells pickets

THE Gate Gourmet mass picket at Heathrow airport was visited yesterday by RMT general secretary Bob Crow, along with a number of RMT executive...

IMPOSSIBLE! – NUT condemns Kelly plan to close ‘failing’ schools after one year

THE National Union of Teachers (NUT) yesterday accused Education Secretary Ruth Kelly of trying to impose ‘impossible’ targets on state schools that would lead...
Determined locked-out Gate Gourmet workers are lobbying the TUC today demanding action to win their jobs back

‘WE NEED PLAN FOR VICTORY’ say Gate Gourmet strikers

GATE GOURMET strikers were sacked four weeks ago today and were very angry yesterday morning that they have been out so long withtheir union...

Blair To Deport People To Face Torture

CIVIL rights group Liberty yesterday warned that Prime Minister Blair is seeking to cross a ‘fundamental line in the sand’ by sending people to...
Gate Gourmet sacked workers on the picket line, angry at their union leaders who are cringing before the management

‘MAKE TUC ACT TO WIN OUR STRUGGLE’ say Gate Gourmet strikers

AN EMERGENCY resolution on the Gate Gourmet dispute is to be heard at the TUC conference in Brighton next week, TGWU full-time officer, Oliver...
Labour  MP JOHN McDONNELL addressing locked out Gate Gourmet workers calls for both the TUC and the TGWU to take action to win the dispute

AIRPORT MUST COME OUT! – to win the struggle say Gate Gourmet workers

‘TELL the BA workers and every worker on the airport, we need their help again,’ Gate Gourmet striker Mrs P Samara told News Line...
RMT delegation with Gate Gourmet pickets yesterday morning. All agreed that the TUC should take action to win the dispute

Extra Troops Sent To New Orleans

THE New Orleans river front was hit by a massive blast yesterday morning, with fires raging in the area. The blast at a chemical plant...
Friends and family of Paul Coker outside Plumstead police station on Tuesday evening – one month after he died. A minute’s silence was held as a mark of respect

‘FIGHT FOR EVERY JOB!’ say Gate Gourmet pickets

ANGRY Gate Gourmet strikers told News Line yesterday that Transport and General Workers’ Union head of civil aviation, Brendan Gold, had visited them on...

NHS CATASTROPHE – BMA warning over developing crisis

THE chairman of the British Medical Association’s Consultants Committee has written an open letter to Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt, warning that the NHS is...

MASSACRE! – US bombers kill 47 near to Syrian Border

FORTY-SEVEN people were massacred in two bombing raids by American warplanes in occupied Iraq early yesterday morning, close to the Syrian border. The air strikes...
The striking Gate Gourmet workers fighting for reinstatement relaxing at the weekend. All except six pickets are being kept on a grass verge by a roundabout near to the factory

‘WE MUST WIN’ – say Gate Gourmet strikers

‘WE’RE coming back!’ Gate Gourmet strikers shouted defiantly at the scab lorries accompanied by video surveillance vans as they drove past the mass picket...

‘REJECT THIS DEAL! – THEY ARE TRYING TO BREAK OUR UNITY’ – Gate Gourmet...

‘THEY are trying to break our unity. We reject this deal,’ Gate Gourmet picket Mrs Gill said yesterday. She was responding to proposals brought forward...

‘SACK SIEGEL FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE HERE!’ say defiant Gate Gourmet strikers

THE Gate Gourmet strikers have poured scorn on company chairman David Siegel’s departure from Britain to America, which was announced on Wednesday. Picket Mr...

GOURMET CRISIS! – Siegel flies back to the USA

THERE WERE no talks yesterday between the TGWU and Gate Gourmet bosses after its chairman David Siegel flew back to the US for crisis...

‘WE ARE ALL GOING BACK TOGETHER’ – Gate Gourmet workers vow ‘no compromise’

THE GATE GOURMET pickets were in a lively mood yesterday, full of determination that they were all going to get their jobs back in...

‘we Need Total Victory!’

‘EACH and every one of you are victims of a cynical sacking. It’s not just an issue for you, our members, it is –...

‘WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PICKET’ – now TGWU must make the strike official

GATE Gourmet strikers, at Heathrow, were jubilant yesterday after the High Court verdict that they had the right to picket the company which sacked...