THE CAMPAIGN is under way inside the London MSF union to fight the victimisation of three branch officers. The three were suspended by the MSF's national executive for protesting after the Labour Party took away the union's right to vote in the party's elections for London mayor. Activists argue that the decision was a political one after the London executive had voted to back Ken Livingstone. An action committee has now produced a broadsheet.
For copies of the model motion, petition and broadsheet, contact London Defence Campaign, 10 Hart Grove, Southall, London UB1 2UW. Make cheques payable to London Region Defence Campaign
All campaign supporters are urged to attend the regional council on Saturday 18 December at 10.30am, MSF building, Moreland Street (Angel tube).
AROUND 130 people, mainly local workers and residents, packed a church hall in Waterloo, south London, on Monday to hear Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone. The meeting, called by Southwark College NATFHE and other local unions, gave overwhelming backing to Livingstone's call to resist tube privatisation.
Virtually everyone who spoke from the floor opposed Labour's pro-privatisation policies. Appeals to tax the rich received wide applause. Most people in the meeting voiced their belief that Ken Livingstone should stand as an independent if necessary. Many signed up to take part in local activities to support Livingstone's campaign.