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Issue No. 2135

Get the housing message out

The Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaign group has distributed 35,000 copies of the latest edition of its newspaper since 1 January.

Most unions are distributing copies to branches and pushing DCH’s “Five demands for 2009”.

There has been a good response to parliament inquiry to be held on 25 February.

A number of local authorities – such as Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Harrow, East Devon and Bolsover – have already formally applied to give evidence.

Modernising and improving existing council estates and building a third generation of first class council homes is the obvious way to tackle the housing shortage and provide jobs and training in the recession.

Order copies of the campaign newspaper, take round DCH’s demands or sign online and organise a broad delegation from your area to come to parliament on 25 February.

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Lobby Haringey over rent rises

Council tenants in Haringey, north London, are planning a lobby of the council on Monday evening of next week against above inflation rent rises of 6.1 percent due to take effect in April.

A number of mainly elderly tenants face the trebling of communal lighting and heating charges in February.

Show support for indefinite strike

The indefinite strike by 21 community service supervisors in Glasgow council entered its third week on Monday.

The workers, members of the Unison union, are striking because they are being asked to take on more responsibilities without receiving the required increase in pay.

The workers supervise the work placements of people sentenced to community services by Glasgow courts.

This is the fourth dispute over the single status regrading programme in Glasgow since 2007.

It is vital that the strikers receive solidarity from Unison branches and the wider union movement.

Send donations and messages of support to Glasgow City Unison office,

18 Albion St, Glasgow G1 1LH

Incinerator angers Sinfin residents

Angry residents protested against plans to build an incinerator in Sinfin in Derby on Tuesday of last week.

They feel that Sinfin has been chosen because it is a poor working class area, not because it is the best site available.

The site chosen is near to housing and local schools.

The local road system can barely cope with existing traffic let alone the lorries bringing waste to the incinerator.

Patricia Sear

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Tue 20 Jan 2009, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2135
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