Multinational car firm Peugeot is telling workers at its plant near Coventry to work harder, and is refusing to give them a decent pay rise. Yet Peugeot has just announced a leap in profits, up 80 percent to a huge £818 million. Last week Peugeot workers showed what they thought of that by throwing out the company's pay offer by an 82 percent majority.
Around 150 students at Sussex University marched to the vice-chancellor's office on Monday of this week. They blockaded it and shut him out to defend 160 students who are threatened with expulsion over the non-payment of tuition fees. On Tuesday they went further and occupied the finance office. They were still there when Socialist Worker went to press.
House building firm Wimpey plans to axe 400 jobs despite making record profits. It announced a 30 percent leap in profits last week to a record £146 million. Shareholders will get a 14 percent rise in their dividend payouts. Wimpey also wants to sack 400 white collar workers at nine regional offices to boost profits by around another £20 million.
Some 400 people marched through Greenock near Glasgow last Saturday in a protest against a threat to close the maternity unit at a local hospital. Campaigners vowed they will keep up their fight to defend this vital service, and warned that the closure would cost lives.
Over 500 workers at the Rolls-Royce Aerospace factory in Ansty near Coventry struck on Monday. It was their second one-day strike against threatened job losses.
Around 100 families and construction workers lobbied a conference on Tuesday over safety on construction sites. Michael Meacher MP was harangued for ignoring the victims' families demands for justice.