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Issue No. 2126

East Midlands unity to stop Nazis

Some 120 people came to the launch meeting for East Midlands Unite Against Fascism (UAF) on Saturday of last week.

The meeting was addressed by speakers including Roger McKenzie, the Midlands regional secretary of the TUC, and Bob Laxton, the Labour MP for Derby North.

It attracted a diverse audience including trade unionists, representatives of community organisations, youth workers, school students and campaigners involved with Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR).

Lee Baron from CWU Midlands region said the union had pledged to finance LMHR events in the East Midlands.

Many speakers warned that disillusion with New Labour is one factor fuelling the rise of the fascists.

The BNP is targeting the East Midlands for next year’s European parliament elections.

Sadia Jabeen

Protest against Nazi teacher

Adam Walker is a member of the Nazi British National Party (BNP) and a teacher in Birmingham.

He is facing disciplinary action from the General Teaching Council (GTC) for posting racist and Islamophobic messages on an internet forum using his school laptop.

The BNP is using the case to try to return to the streets of Birmingham.

It has called a demonstration on Monday 17 November in Victoria Square, where the office of the GTC is located. The fascist demonstration will take place sometime between 9am and 5pm.

Anti-Nazi campaigners are mobilising their forces to hold a counter protest.

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Workers fight to defend pensions

Ancillary workers at the university of Sussex, members of the Unite union (Amicus section), are still in dispute with the university authorities over their decision to close the final salary pension scheme to new staff.

The workers held a rally of around 75 people outside the university senate on Friday of last week.

For messages of support and donations contact Jeremy Marin on 07790 632 316.

Steve Guy

Public service not private profit

Around 75 people came to a Public Service Not Private Profit meeting in Camden, north London, on 21 October.

The meeting was backed by several groups including Camden Trades Council, Camden Federation of Tenants and Residents, Camden Defend Council Housing, Camden Keep Our NHS Public, Camden NUT union and Camden CASE education campaign.

The various campaigns agreed to coordinate activity in the future and adopted the People Before Profit Charter.

Fire brigade lobby

The Fire Brigades Union is to lobby parliament in protest at the steep rise in firefighter deaths in recent years and call for increased spending on the fire service. Assemble 11am on 12 November outside Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London SW1.

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Tue 4 Nov 2008, 18:30 GMT
Issue No. 2126
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