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Issue No. 1773

Protesters have launched a campaign against racist treatment of asylum seekers by the US multinational Wackenhut. Under new arrangements asylum seekers within a 25-mile radius of the new Salford 'reception centre' must report on the hour. Activists lobbied the reception centre on Thursday of last week.

Unofficial walkouts by maintenance crews and ticket staff closed the Glasgow Underground for an evening two weeks ago. Some 30 maintenance staff-all members of the AEEU union-walked out because management insisted on breaking holiday agreements.

Later that day faulty machines meant ticket staff-all TGWU union members-had to issue tickets individually. They walked out after senior management inflamed the situation.

Thirteen workers in the GPMU union at McCormack's printers in Paisley began their official strike on Thursday of last week. They are due to strike every Thursday against their management's attempts to renegotiate a pay offer of 3.5 percent before it had even come into effect.

Another Travel West Midlands bus driver in Coventry has been sacked for 'inciting' drivers to take industrial action and for distributing leaflets. Pete Dhami is the fourth Coventry driver to be sacked by the company.

Around 30 people, the majority Asian, attended an Anti Nazi League meeting in Halifax on Friday of last week addressed by left wing Labour MP Alice Mahon. Other speakers included Mohamed Najeeb, a local councillor, and Mohammed Nazam, a senior elder from the local mosque.
Paul Sutcliffe

Emergency gas engineers working for Transco (formerly British Gas) have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action over the coming weeks. The workers in north, east and west London, and parts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire, are angry at the low level of their London living allowance. The first strike is due to take place next Monday.

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Sat 3 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1773
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