Schools Against Racism And Fascism launch success
Around 300 people came to the launch of Schools Against Racism And Fascism, a joint initiative between Love Music Hate Racism and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), on Friday of last week.
The event included a speech from NUT leader Christine Blower and performances by Drew McConnell, Bashy and Riz MC. For more information go to » www.saraf.org.uk
Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism will be demonstrating against the BNP’s national conference in Blackpool this Saturday 15 November. For more information and transport, phone 020 7833 4916 or go to » www.uaf.org.uk
NUJ Left debates union’s priorities
Activists in the NUJ journalists’ union have organised an NUJ Left forum in London this weekend.
The forum will discuss what it means to be on the left in the NUJ and how does the left and the union best equip activists and reps to organise media and editorial workers to fight and win?
The event takes place this Sunday 16 November, 12 noon to 3pm, upstairs at the Lucas Arms, opposite NUJ HQ, Gray’s Inn Rd, Kings Cross, London.
Campaign for cleaners’ rights
Supporters of five Colombian cleaners sacked by the Amey cleaning company at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, Middlesex, joined a protest to show their support on Friday of last week. That day the cleaners had their appeals against dismissal heard. The decision is due in the next few weeks.
Julio Mayor, one of the sacked cleaners, said, “We are protesting to publicly request that the National Physical Laboratory takes action against Amey to stop it victimising cleaners.”
The workers’ campaign continues.
Workers fight to defend pensions
Some 80 ancillary workers at the University of Sussex were set to strike on Thursday and Friday of this week.
The workers, members of the Unite union, are taking action in opposition to the university authority’s decision to close the final salary pension scheme to new starters.
University management have made it clear that they are not prepared to talk to the union over maintaining the scheme. Workers are digging in for a long dispute.
Send messages of support and solidarity to Jeremy Maris on 07790 632 316
Hauliers ballot over pay strike
Over 200 lorry drivers at the Scottish-based hauliers Carntyne Transport are voting on taking industrial action over pay.
The drivers, members of the Unite union, are working a minimum of 45 hours a week and have been offered a below-inflation 3.5 percent pay “rise”. Unite is demanding a significant increase in pay.
The ballot closes on Wednesday of this week.
Launch of Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning
The Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning (Call) has been launched to defend adult and further education. The campaign is meeting on Thursday 27 November, 7pm, at Hackney Refugee Cultural Workers Association, 3-19 Victorian Grove, London. More information at » www.callcampign.co.uk