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Issue No. 2041

Unique women fight for rights

The 17 care workers sacked by Unique Care in Huddersfield for standing up to bullying continue their fight for justice. The company receives all its funding from Kirklees council.

The women spoke at the NHS rally in Sheffield last Saturday, a Leeds Unison union meeting (collecting £1,000) and the Kirklees Unison annual general meeting (collecting £300).

Nick Ruff
Donations to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield. Phone 01484 223 577.

Strike vote at Capgemini

Around 450 workers at IT firm Capgemini have begun balloting for industrial action, having rejected a final pay offer of 2.3 percent.

The workers are former civil servants whose jobs were privatised 13 years ago and now work on the government’s Aspire revenue contract at sites in Telford and Worthing.

The PCS union believes that Capgemini is making £50 million from the contract. The ballot closes on Monday of next week.

David Smith

Defend Liverpool council housing

Some 16,000 Liverpool council tenants are voting over the council attempts to sell off their homes to a new private company Liverpool Mutual Homes.

Defend Council Housing have launched a campaign for a no vote in the ballot. For campainging information against the sell-off contact Colin Carr, Jack Jones House, 143 Sefton Street, Liverpool L8 5SN on 0151 728 2200 or go to

The fight for gay liberation

Around 20 people attended a meeting titled “40 years since sex between gay men was legalised – how do we make freedom real?” organised by the Socialist Workers Party in central London on Wednesday of last week.

Colin Wilson and Jinan Coulter spoke about how far the struggle had come, but how oppression of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people still exist. The fight for freedom still needs to be fought today, they said.

People spoke in the discussion about challenging homophobia in schools and working with the anti-war movement in the fight for liberation for everyone.

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Sat 10 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2041
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