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Unofficial strike called off

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The GMB union has launched a campaign to recruit employees of Time Computers in Burnley.

Officials of the GMB have already held a number of "factory gate" recruitment drives signing up employees as they enter or leave the company's premises.

So far, around 100 Time employees have joined the GMB.

But the union is looking to step up its recruitment drive and is now planning a Web site aimed specifically at Time staff.

A spokesman for the GMB told The Register that he was aware that there were plenty of unhappy workers at Time who wanted better pay and working conditions.

Urging them to sign up to the GMB he said: "Workers at Time have got legal rights, they have nothing to fear. We can do a lot for them."

The GMB's support for Time employees comes as an independent group of Time employees calling itself the ITEF announced it had called off an unofficial strike planned for February 3.

Instead, it is working with the GMB to help raise concerns about pay and working conditions.

In a statement the ITEF said: "We will continue our campaign of breaking the silence, until such a time that enough power and backing is transferred to the GMB Union through our support and the Union attains recognition at Time Group Ltd."

Time was invited to comment ,but declined.

However, in the past the company has denied there is a problem and insists that the ITEF does not represent the views of the vast majority of workers. ®

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