Stop investing in the arms trade
Students at Cambridge University are to hold a demonstration this Saturday, 10 February, in protest at the continuing investment by many of its colleges in major arms companies. The protest is organised by Cambridge University Student Union and Cambridge Students Against the Arms Trade.
Students will march from Guildhall, Market Square at 1pm, to Senate House, the symbolic heart of the university.
Cambridge Students Against the Arms Trade
Time for action to back ‘Chub’
Management at Central Networks are bringing formal disciplinary charges against Antony “Chub” Czubkowski, the senior shop steward of the Amicus union at the company.
Chub was suspended before Christmas. He was still unaware of the charges against him as Socialist Worker went to press. Workers are clear that this is an attack on the unions.
Amicus, the T&G and the GMB unions have all voted to withdraw from negotiations with the company until the issue is resolved, and are set to ballot for strikes.
Free parking in Enfield on 14 Feb
GMB union members working for National Car Parks (NCP) on the parking enforcement contract in Enfield have voted by 100 percent for five days of strikes. The first strike will be on St Valentine’s Day.
The action is over the company’s refusal to recognise the GMB for bargaining on pay and conditions.
Fat controllers cut Merseyrail jobs
Merseyrail workers are angry that around 40 clerical and support jobs are to be slashed. Management announced the job losses last week.
While the company said it hoped that the job losses would be achieved on a voluntary basis, it would give no guarantee to TSSA and RMT union representatives that there would be no compulsory redundancies.
The unions need to campaign against the job losses.
No to ‘Big Brother’ on council estate
Residents on the Bemerton council estate in Islington, north London, have voted decisively against a new CCTV scheme.
Nearly 60 percent opposed the proposals in a ballot.
An action group of tenants and leaseholders distributed hundreds of leaflets and posters across the estate objecting to the erection of over 100 cameras.
Many residents were angry about the cost of the scheme, with some residents facing initial bills of up to £1,500 in addition to a £250 annual charge. Others opposed the idea of creating a “Big Brother” atmosphere, arguing that the estate needs more caretakers and youth workers, not cameras.