Banner making in Cambridge
Cambridge Stop the War group got a great response to its banner making session in the city centre last Saturday.
Messages such as “Bring my dad home”, “Stop killing our working class boys and girls”, “War is terrorism” and “Stop this war!” were written in several languages on a big “Bring The Troops Home Now” banner.
Lots of young people out in town in groups came to write their peace messages and were encouraged to come on the coach to Stop the War’s national lobby of parliament on Monday 8 October.
Some 600 flyers were also distributed for the local Stop the War public meeting on Thursday of this week at Friends Meeting house on Jesus Lane.
Staff action over contracts
Support staff at the University of Wales are set to strike on Friday of this week in a dispute over pay and conditions.
The staff, members of the Unison union, are unhappy at the university’s plans to make changes to their contracts and job roles. Around 120 staff in library and information services will be affected by the university’s proposals.
The one-day strike is taking place during an awards ceremony at the university.
The strike will be followed by an indefinite ban on overtime, which is set to begin on Monday of next week.
Sparks are flying over pay offer
Workers at Heathrow Terminal 5 will strike if a wage agreement is not settled with the Electrical Contractors Association.
Workers are demanding action over its reluctance to renegotiate the wage offer of 3.5 percent from the Joint Industry Board (JIB).
An informal mass meeting at T5 on Tuesday of last week found that workers from the Amicus section of the Unite union would back a strike if a new deal was not struck with the employers.
One worker told Socialist Worker, “We were 100 percent for strike action. BAA is very scared about this.”
Workers on large projects in central London were due to meet on Thursday of this week. Unite members rejected the JIB wage offer in July.
Airport pay strike fails to take off
A proposed strike by maintenance workers at Heathrow and Gatwick airports over pay was called off last week.
GMB members working for Emcor had been due to strike last Friday. But the strike was suspended after talks at the Acas conciliation service, to allow further discussion.
Occupation takes to the tree tops
Protesters at Wembley Park sports ground in north west London upped their protest this week by moving into tree houses in response to a threatened eviction from Brent council.
The protesters have occupied an area of the sports ground for six months in opposition to a planned city academy being built there.
Fifty people attended a demonstration held on Friday of last week. Protesters were cynical about the motives of the mainstream parties who are pushing the academy.
Gareth, an NUT teachers’ union rep from a nearby school, told Socialist Worker, “The only reason they want to build the school here is the image of the Wembley arch in the background”.