Labour lets down Unique women
The fight for justice by 17 women in Huddersfield was at a significant stage as Socialist Worker went to press.
Kirklees council was set to meet on Wednesday of this week to discuss the funding of their former employer, the private care provider Unique Care, after a damning scrutiny report.
However, attempts by an independent socialist councillor to move a motion calling on the council to employ the women were ruled out of order.
The Labour group, which has always stated support for the women, refused to support the resolution.
Unison, the 17 women’s union, was due to address the meeting to demand the women’s reinstatment.
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St Neots stands up against Nazis
The St Neots branch of Unite Against Fascism held a successful launch meeting on Thursday of last week.
Around 30 people heard contributions from local political parties, trade unions and community groups about the importance of stopping the British National Party (BNP).
There was a showing of the Who Shot The Sheriff film. The group decided to organise its own musical events, to set up a website and to apply for funding from local trade unions.
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Cardiff protests for leisure centre
Around 80 people demonstrated in Cardiff last week against the Liberal Democrat council’s plans to build a school on the site of their leisure centre.
The demonstration was organised by Rumney Recreation and Eastern Leisure Centre Action Group.
Under the plan, three other schools would close in the area and local residents would also lose their playing fields to the new school.
Among those protesting was ten times British aerobics champion Melanie Chichester.
She told Socialist Worker, “I’m here to stop the council building on the playing fields and the leisure centre. I would never have got where I am without these facilities. Communities will come together to stop this.”
Pensions fight on the railways
The Aslef train drivers’ union is to ballot its members on Midland Mainline (MML) over pensions.
This dispute has come about due to a pay deal struck in 2001. Aslef says that some members’ pensions will be £2,000 to £3,000 down as a result of the company’s interpretation of the agreement.
MML claims that pay agreements only covered “future service”. The union is contesting this.
Aslef has also agreed to ballot its members in the Silverlink company over pensions.