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Issue No. 1735

Anti-incinerator campaigns

Over 60 people packed into an angry meeting against the expansion of Britain's largest incinerator, in Edmonton, north London. The expansion is part of a national programme of 122 proposed new incineration sites.

The campaign will deliver a petition signed by over 3,000 people to New Labour minister Stephen Byers, who is to decide on the expansion.

A demonstration against a giant municipal incinerator will take place in Swansea East Side on Saturday 17 February. A Stop the Incinerator campaign has been started by the Welsh Socialist Alliance and is gaining a great deal of support.

Hospital campaigns

We are fighting to stop the closure of Rankin Maternity Unit, which is part of Inverclyde Royal Hospital. The trust may move the unit to Paisley, but this is a one and a half hour trip each way for some people.

I am three months pregnant, I already have a 15 month old child, my partner does not drive, and we also look after his elderly mother. Our community wants to keep Rankin open. We have set up a campaign and have 4,000 signatures on a petition.

Demonstrate, Saturday 24 February, 12 noon, East India Harbour, Greenock.

Members of Guildhall UNISON handed out leaflets and collected signatures last week against the privatisation of the Royal London Hospital in east London. Some 750 workers will be transferred out of the NHS if a private firm is allowed to take over the running of jobs of porters, catering and cleaning staff. A public meeting against the privatisation was due to go ahead on Thursday.

Save our pools

Following a 100-strong meeting last month in Govanhill in Glasgow against a proposed swimming pool closure, the campaign is continuing its protest. Two weekends ago around 70 people demonstrated outside the pool. It was a brilliant atmosphere. Another 50 people turned out last week to demonstrate outside the Labour group, which was meeting to discuss the council budget. More protests are planned to keep up the pressure.

Manchester City Council plans to close Gorton Tub at the end of March. Campaigners against the closure lobbied councillors last Wednesday. The council was handed a petition thousands of signatures strong. A demonstration is planned outside the new Commonwealth Games pool on Oxford Road on Saturday 17 February.

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Sat 17 Feb 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1735
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