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Issue No. 2075

Bakerloo action over safety

Members of the RMT rail workers’ union on the Bakerloo line of the London Underground struck on Friday of last week.

They were protesting against management plans to make workers “detraining” passengers at the end of the line do it by themselves rather than with another worker, as they do at present.

The workers also struck in July and August in their fight over safety.

Pensions fury at Glasgow Airport

Staff at Glasgow Airport have warned they are ready to take strike action over pensions.

Specialist fire crews and maintenance workers based at the airport have threatened to walk out over the Christmas period.

That could see the airport effectively shut down on safety grounds.

The Unite, Prospect and PCS unions have vowed to take action if bosses refuse to abandon plans to close the final salary pensions scheme to new staff from 1 December.

Some 450 people work at Glasgow Airport, which is owned and operated by BAA.

Worker dies at Heathrow’s T5

An investigation is under way after a building worker was killed in an accident at Heathrow airport’s Terminal Five.

The man was working in a lift shaft when the accident happened and was pronounced dead at the scene last Saturday by the emergency services.

Work in the immediate area was stopped and the Health and Safety Executive notified.

This is the second fatality on the £4.3 billion airport project since it began five years ago.

LMHR commemorate battle of Lewisham

Around 230 people attended a Love Music Hate Racism event last Saturday night at Goldsmiths College student union in New Cross, south east London.

The gig celebrated the successful battle of Lewisham in 1977 that began in New Cross and led to the campaign that smashed the Nazi National Front.

Red Saunders, the founder of Rock Against Racism (RAR), spoke after a showing of the film Who Shot the Sheriff – which tells the story of RAR and how we can use music in the struggle against racism and the Nazi BNP.

A lot of people would now like to show it in schools and colleges. Legendary DJ Don Letts played a fantastic set. There was a range of black and white young people, students and non-students and veterans of 1977 at the event.

The speech by Ted Parker, the SWP district organiser in Lewisham in 1977, was listened to with great interest as he described the run up to the battle and its legacy.

People said they want to put on more Love Music Hate Racism gigs in the future.

Ian Crosson

Palestine solidarity

At Bristol University last week the UCU union committee passed a motion unanimously demanding that Gordon Brown pressurise Israel to allow Palestinian students trapped in Gaza to return to their studies in Britain.

The refusal by Israel to enable the Palestinians to leave Gaza appeared to the proposers of the motion to be a collective punishment of a whole nation.

Celia Hollingworth, Bristol UCU (personal capacity)

Civil service workers ballot result due

The result of a consultative ballot of over 250,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union was set to be announced on Wednesday of this week.

The union is asking its members whether they will take more action over job cuts, low pay and privatisation. Workers have struck solidly twice this year over the issues.

The PCS national executive was set to meet on Thursday of this week to discuss the next step after the ballot. There is also pressure from union activists in the different departments for action over pay.

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Tue 30 Oct 2007, 19:36 GMT
Issue No. 2075
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