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Historic action at Stonehenge

Issue No. 1789

Workers at historic tourist attractions in England are set to stage a one-day strike on Monday 11 March. Hundreds of workers will join the strikes at places such as Stonehenge and Dover Castle. The workers at English Heritage are fuming at an imposed pay award of 3.5 percent.

The workers' Prospect union says this will leave staff earning 10 percent less than other civil servants. Yet English Heritage is taking £500,000 from the payroll in order to fund advertising.

Disabled resist freedom cuts

Around 135 people attended an angry meeting on Monday of last week to plan resistance to Hackney council's vicious attack on 2,000 disabled people in the east London borough.

The council is limiting access to the Freedom pass, which allows disabled people free transport throughout London, as part of a massive cuts package. Now a doctor's note will no longer be accepted as proof of evidence that people are disabled.

A gross display from UCL bosses

Paul Robinson, the Unison member who was jailed after the anti-capitalist protests in Gothenburg in Sweden last year, was released on 13 February. There was no evidence linking Paul to any violence.

Yet disgracefully Paul's bosses at University College London, where he is a library attendant, have sacked him from his job. He is accused of 'gross misconduct'. Paul, backed by Unison, is now appealing against this outrageous decision.

Send messages of support to Paul at Unison, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Email unison

Workers walk out of libraries

LIBRARY WORKERS in Lewisham, south London, struck for the day on Tuesday of last week. Some 70 percent of staff, the lowest paid workers in Lewisham, took action against management's reorganisation plans.

During the strike management could only open libraries by drafting in heads of departments. Library workers met for a lively rally at the town hall and agreed to step up action if necessary.

Parents fight to save nursery

FIFTY ANGRY parents, children and supporters marched through Northampton town centre on Thursday of last week. They protested outside County Hall against the proposed closure of Leicester Street Day Nursery and the privatisation of its provision. It was the second time they had protested.

The following day parents held a third protest outside the county council offices. The Labour council agreed to defer the cuts until 'places have been found for the children elsewhere', but the parents vowed to fight on to save the nursery.

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Sat 2 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1789
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