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Issue No. 2074

Protest at the torture flights

Stop the War in Manchester held a protest vigil at the city’s airport last week to highlight the way that some British airports have been used to ferry detainees to torture centres abroad under secret rendition flights run by the CIA.

An official enquiry run by Greater Manchester chief police officer Michael Todd, found no “law breaking” had occurred.

Liberty dismissed the findings as a “whitewash”. MEP Sajjad Karim handed in a Stop the War letter to the managing director of the airport demanding an end to rendition flights.

Manchester City Council runs four airports, including  Bournemouth, through which reports show CIA flights were routed.

Mark Krantz, convenor Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition

Playing for the Palestinians

Over 250 people attended a concert with saxophonist Gilad Atzmon’s ensemble in Nottingham last Sunday in support of twinning with the Palestinian city of Jenin.

The show also featured Adel Salameh, a fantastic Palestinian oud player. The concert went down a storm.

Gilad waived all his fees and donated all profits from his CDs sold on the night to help provide the funds for the twinning links, which are being used to support facilities in the main hospital in Jenin.

The concert was supported by the East Midlands region of the Unison union. A UCU union executive member from Nottingham has just travelled to Palestine to help develop links.

Richard Buckwell

Maintaining a course for action

Some 44 maintenance workers at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have voted in favour of industrial action.

The workers are members of the Unite union employed by private contractor Serco. They say they are missing out on pay and benefits that their NHS employed counterparts receive.

Mark Robinson from Unite said: “Our members voted two to one to take part in strike action.

“Members are not happy with the pay situation and unless this changes a strike of maintenance workers could go ahead before the end of the month.”

Nominate left for Unite election

Activists in the Amicus section of the Unite union are being urged to win nominations for the left wing Amicus Unity Gazette group for the union’s forthcoming national executive elections.

The election begins in March next year, but candidates need to be nominated in November and December.

A number of Socialist Worker supporters are candidates on the Amicus Unity Gazette slate.

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Tue 23 Oct 2007, 18:36 BST
Issue No. 2074
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