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Issue No. 1731

Around 30 campaigners representing different charities, church groups, political organisations and individuals met in Manchester on Monday of last week to discuss the future of their campaigns against Third World debt after the official end of Jubilee 2000.

There were reports and discussions on the formation of Drop the Debt, and everyone present stated their commitment to continue the fight and start organising transport to the G8 summit in Genoa in July.

Air traffic controllers in the IPMS union are currently balloting over a management offer to 'buy back' up to ten days annual leave in an effort to cope with staff shortages.

A report last week revealed that the European Union has a shortage of 10 percent of air traffic controllers because of cost cutting. This makes a major air disaster much more likely.

New Labour is still intent on privatising air traffic control, which would lead to even more cost cutting. The ballot will end on 19 January. Workers should reject the deal.

A campaign is being set up to fight cuts in maternity services across the Argyle and Clyde region in Scotland.

Around 120 people attended a meeting last Sunday to launch a new organisation looking for a just peace in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The meeting was hosted by the Jewish socialist group Yakar.

The biggest impact was made by a Holocaust survivor who said she went from Russia to Israel in 1948 looking for paradise. But she left to live in Britain after she saw the Zionist dream turn into the oppression of other people.

For more information on Just Peace UK email [email protected] or phone 07957 486 379.

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Sat 20 Jan 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1731
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