Members of the Ambulance Service Union on Merseyside are celebrating the reinstatement of two suspended colleagues. Management took two paramedics off work a fortnight ago after both left a shift early due to illness. Workers voted to strike if the two were sacked, and both workers have now been cleared.
CATERPILLAR workers in Peterlee, County Durham, were due to strike this week on Tuesday and Thursday. The move marks an escalation from a series of one-day strikes against a pay freeze and attacks on conditions. The 500 members of the Amicus union have also voted for all-out strike action from 18 February if management don't shift.
SOME 80 activists and campaigners attended a teach-in on the war and human rights organised by the local Stop the War Coalition in Margate, Kent, last Sunday. The conference was also reported on the local BBC news.
PROTESTERS rallied in Salford last week to lobby an immigration hearing into the case of Lata and Devesha Shah, who face deportation. Over 4,000 people have signed a petition demanding they are allowed to stay in Britain.
A BIG meeting of Zimbabwean exiles, activists and supporters of the Zimbabwean union movement took place at SOAS college in London last week. There was discussion about how to respond to Mugabe's repression. A protest has been called for Saturday 16 February at 12 noon at the Zimbabwe High Commission on the Strand in central London.
AROUND 1,000 people demonstrated in central London last Saturday in protest at the British government's decision to include the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) on the list of proscribed organisations under the Terrorism Act.