More than 1,500 workers at the Airbus plant in Flintshire, North Wales, walked out of work unofficially on Thursday of last week. Hundreds of staff walked out at lunchtime. They were then followed by the entire afternoon shift and the majority of the evening shift. They were protesting against pay bonuses for managers while workers' pay is being cut.
The workers, in the Amicus union, last year voted to accept a 35-hour, four-day week with no overtime. They did so in an attempt to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies the company was pushing through. Despite this, 300 managerial staff received bonus payments worth up to 10 percent of their salaries.
Striking rumour shows the gripes
HUNDREDS OF workers also walked out unofficially at British Aerospace in Chester last week. A rumour had swept the factory that pay talks between management and the unions had broken down, and when a manager argued with some workers people downed tools.
'We're not happy about pay,' a worker told Socialist Worker. 'The coppers are getting a 6 percent rise. There are lots of little gripes about the way we're treated. It all came to a head today.'
Protest erupts on school closures
OVER 200 parents, teachers and pupils packed into an angry public meeting against school closures in Vauxhall, Liverpool, last week. Roman Catholic leaders want to close five Catholic schools and amalgamate them into one.
The Vauxhall Parents Action Group, which organised the meeting, is working with other school campaigners to stop all school closures. A lobby of the town hall was set to take place on Friday of this week.
Asylum seeker pushed to despair
MOHSEN AMRI, an Iranian asylum seeker, hanged himself in Handsworth in Birmingham on Tuesday of last week. He had been waiting over two years for an outcome to his asylum application, which was recently rejected.
Because of the unfair asylum laws he was not allowed to work. Mohsen's death was brought on by the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment he received from the Home Office. Campaigners are organising a demonstration at the opening of the inquest.
Message sent to the intifada
OVER 800 protesters turned out to protest last Saturday outside Downing Street at British support for Israel. The demonstration was young, angry and extremely bitter. The continuing Palestinian resistance inspired the protesters.
The chants from the protest were relayed by mobile phones to the West Bank. Palestinians spoke of how important it was for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories to see and hear of pro-Palestinian demonstrations in those countries backing Israel.