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Mutinous spirit stalking yards

Issue No. 1785

Around 1,000 workers at Portsmouth naval dockyard staged a protest against privatisation last week. The TGWU union members are civil servants working for the Ministry of Defence. The government wants to privatise their jobs. The workers marched and handed in a petition.

Meanwhile technical staff in the Prospect union at the Faslane naval base dockyard are due to start voting next week on possible action against the threat to privatise their jobs.

Genoa feeling marks meeting

Over 100 people came to London's School of Oriental and African Studies last Tuesday for a public meeting organised by the Genoa Justice Campaign. The Genoa Justice Campaign was set up to support the struggle for justice by people beaten and detained by the Italian authorities during the Genoa G8 anti-capitalist demonstrations.

Speakers at the meeting included Nerys Lee of Amnesty International and Jeremy Corbyn MP. They recounted the inspiration of the massive demonstrations, as well as the repression and violence of the police.

Demo call to target Milburn

PUBLIC SECTOR workers in the north east of England are calling on their Unison union to organise a demonstration in the Darlington constituency of New Labour health secretary Alan Milburn.

The unanimous vote came at a meeting of delegates of Unison branches across the union's northern region last week. The call follows outrage among health workers, in particular over Milburn's plan to push ahead with privatisation in the NHS. The demo call was for a protest under the slogan 'Defend the NHS-stop privatisation'.

Road blockade threat wins out

PEOPLE ON an east London estate won a victory after threatening direct action last week. Contractors working for London Electricity closed the only main road on the Isle of Dogs. This meant all the traffic was sent down a small estate road. An angry meeting of 100 people erupted in fury at the contractors and local Labour councillors.

People said they would show them how to really block roads in an area which is home to Canary Wharf! By the time of another 100-strong meeting the next night we had won. The contractors had stopped, filled in trenches and agreed to negotiate. Occupation to stop huge cuts

Over 100 protesters occupied the main building of Scottish Borders council on Tuesday. They were furious at plans for cuts of £6 million, which would devastate education services and close local swimming pools.

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Sat 2 Feb 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1785
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