Conductors set to walkout
Some 550 senior conductors in the RMT rail workers’ union on Central Trains are set to strike this Saturday over the imposition of centralised rostering.
Workers have been forced to call their fourth day of strike action after management restricted opportunities to earn money.
Crucial week for Unique workers
The 17 women sacked by Unique Care, a private care provider in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, are still campaigning for their reinstatement.
This week will be critical in knowing what Kirklees council is going to do about the bullying company which has a £425,000 contract with the council.
There is a council scrutiny committee set for Friday of this week which is looking at the company and interviewing the women. The demand is for the women to be employed by the council while they investigate the company.
The disciplinary appeal of the woman whose sacking triggered the unofficial walkout which led to the mass sackings also takes place this week.
Messages of support and donations to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield. Phone 01484 223 577
Students take on Halliburton
A lively group of students protested at Aberdeen university when US multinational Halliburton went on a recruitment drive. The protesters gathered outside King’s College Centre where Halliburton was doing its presentation.
Everybody going into the centre was met by a large banner emblazoned with “Halliburton – Jobs 2 Die 4” and leaflets highlighting the war profiteering activities of Halliburton in Iraq.
The protest followed a showing of Robert Greenward’s film Iraq for Sale by the Stop the War Group at the university which was attended by 25 people.
Coventry debates Trident plan
Some 60 people came to a lively debate on Trident replacement in Coventry last Tuesday. Kate Hudson, chair of CND, took on Professor Steven Haines from the University of London on the question as to whether the Trident nuclear missile system should be replaced.
Andy, Chair, Coventry Stop the War Coalition
It’s grim up north London
Tony Blair and the grim reaper paid a surprise visit to Harringey, north London, last Saturday as part of the build up to the 24 February London demonstration. There were lively stalls across the borough publicising this weekend’s march against war in Iraq and plans to renew Trident nuclear weapons.