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Issue No. 1913

Community very cross at Crossrail

THE GOVERNMENT’S proposed Crossrail project could destroy the unique community around Brick Lane and Spitalfields in east London.

Over 100 local people attended a meeting on Tuesday of last week to voice their fear and anger that round the clock building work will blight and endanger their area for the next six years.

In the absence of anyone from Crossrail, most of the anger was aimed at the New Labour figures, such as beleaguered local MP Oona King, who attended the meeting.

The feeling at the meeting was that the local community must join together and campaign to make sure that we don’t have to choose between a good public transport system and our homes.

GLYN ROBBINS


No haven for St Hilda’s residents

AROUND 60 to 70 residents of the threatened St Hilda’s estate in Middlesbrough marched out of their estate on Friday of last week to demonstrate outside a promotion of the new Middlehaven project.

This is set to replace St Hilda’s. Protesters marched to the town hall. No one came out to speak to them. Many passers-by showed their support. The local council has starved St Hilda’s of desperately needed cash and reserves. The residents want regeneration of the area.

The two local Labour councillors do not support the residents, who want Roboflop mayor Ray Mallon to resign.

GEOFF KERR-MORGAN


‘We are worth more than this’

WORKERS AT Hull City Council held another protest about pay cuts resulting from job evaluation on Friday of last week.

Over 100 people attended and marched through the city centre to protest outside the BBC at their lack of coverage of the protest. Unison union officials supported this week’s protest.

Encouragingly, workers who have gained an increase in wages joined those who will be taking cuts. Unison will be holding a mass meeting this week to debate strike action.

Phil Sanderson


Standing up to Remploy bosses

ONCE AGAIN Remploy workers find themselves under attack from the board of directors. Remploy is a government-funded company which employs disabled people.

More money than ever is given to the company, while at the same time Remploy is employing fewer than ever disabled workers.

Now the bosses have the audacity to try to deskill the workers at Central Cutting, and to run down factories in the name of modernisation. Some 40 workers who cut textiles in Birkenhead face having their jobs contracted out.

Workers at Remploy are not prepared to take these attacks lying down.

Derek Milligan, GMB shop steward, Dundee

Send messages of support and donations c/o D Milligan, Remploy, Block 10, Dunsinane Avenue, Dundee DD2.


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Sat 7 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1913
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