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Issue No. 1791

UNISON UNION members in Cardiff council are balloting for action in support of a union activist. Cardiff council sacked worker Charles Faber after he spoke to the BBC about the council's lack of resources in children's services.

A mass meeting of 200 people voted unanimously for a strike ballot. Terry James, a housing steward, said, 'This is a blatant case of victimisation. We are appealing to members to support a well respected union activist.' This comes weeks after 60 percent voted in favour of strike action which forced the council to back down on restructuring plans in the advice and benefits section.

CONCERTED opposition to the closure of two north Liverpool comprehensive schools, Anfield and Breckfield, has forced the Liberal Democrat council to suspend its current plans. Around 100 parents and supporters lobbied the council budget meeting on Wednesday of last week.

INTERNATIONAL Women's Day was marked in Newcastle upon Tyne last Friday with a lively well attended protest outside FYEO, the city's only lapdancing club. The campaigners from Keep Sexism Out of the City presented the lord mayor with 602 letters of objection.

BOSSES at the Silentnight bed and furniture making factory have cut 220 jobs at the Keighley plant in West Yorkshire. Company bosses are set to rake in profits of £11.5 million this year. They appear to be only offering to bus some workers to their other plant in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.

SOME 50 people came to a meeting on 'Israel/Palestine-the search for justice', organised by Churches for Peace and Justice with Tony Clarke MP in Northampton on Friday of last week.

BAA, THE airport operator, has offered 1.3 percent across the board to all airport workers plus a £200 lump sum to be taken from next year's bonus. With profits in excess of £400 million BAA still believes it can use 11 September as an excuse to get away with a crappy offer.

EALING COUNCIL in west London plans to redevelop Acton town's main public buildings with Public-Private Partnerships. Over 1,000 people have signed the campaign's petition against this possible loss of facilities for 50 groups.

CAMPAIGNING tenants from Defend Council Housing toured Bradford on Sunday of last week against plans to sell off council housing. They toured the city in a battlebus donated for the day by the TGWU union.

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Sat 16 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1791
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