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Issue No. 2080

Liverpool’s rubbish strike

Refuse workers in Liverpool who work for the Veolia company have voted to strike.

Some 200 workers were balloted on industrial action in a row over pay last month.

The union said Veolia’s final offer of 2.475 percent was unacceptable.

GMB organiser Dave Hulse said, “With 89.9 percent of votes in favour of industrial action, our members are clearly not satisfied with the present situation.”

Soas debates gay rights

Over one hundred people attended Soas student union last Wednesday to hear a debate on Being Gay In The Middle East.

The lively and serious discussion challenged the Islamophobic stereotype that all Muslims are anti-gay.

Gay Palestinian Jinan Coulter got a warm reception when she argued that the struggle for LGBT liberation in the region couldn’t be separated from opposing the war and fighting US intervention.

Activist Ali Hili explained that he had fled Iraq after the US invasion. Since that time LGBT people face many more attacks, both from other Iraqis and US troops.

Colin Wilson

Slough shuts fire station

Councillors on Berkshire Fire Authority have disgracefully voted for the night time closure of Windsor Fire Station.

The closure means fire crews at Slough and Langley will have to attend incidents in Windsor between 8pm and 8am, in addition to attending fire calls in their own area.

If incidents occur simultaneously in Windsor and Slough the nearest appliances would have to come from London

or Surrey, increasing attendance times and putting the public and firefighters at greater risk.

Gordon Brown has money to burn people in Iraq but has no money to stop people burning here.

Slough FBU member

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Rally to defend union activists

A meeting backing the campaigns of Karen Reissmann in Manchester, Michael Gavan in Newham, and the Fremantle workers in Barnet will take place on Tuesday 11 December, From 7pm, Committee Room 9 in the House of Commons.

There will be a march in support of Eddie Fleming, sacked branch chair of the Hastings branch of the PCS union on 15 December, 1pm, Hastings Pier, Hastings.

Sam Buckley, Hastings PCS

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Tue 4 Dec 2007, 18:35 GMT
Issue No. 2080
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