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Issue No. 1886

Fury over fire chief's insult

THE firefighters' FBU union has called for Dorset Fire Authority chief David Fox to be removed after comparing fire service reform to rape, and saying it was better to "lie down and enjoy it".

The comments were condemned by Ruth Winters, president of the FBU: "His use of language is highly offensive. There is nothing funny or enjoyable about rape. He should apologise and resign."


450 at York anti-war meeting

YORK AGAINST the War held a public meeting attended by 450 people on Thursday of last week. Speakers included George Galloway MP, Lindsey German from the Stop the War Coalition and Anas Altikriti from the Muslim Association of Britain.

The meeting was as big as the one held a year ago, at the height of the build-up to the war on Iraq.

  • ANDREW COLLINGWOOD


    Key gathering for NUT members

    ACTIVISTS IN the National Union of Teachers were set to meet in Leeds on Saturday of this week to discuss the general secretary elections.

    The election is due to take place after Easter. There are two candidates from the current leadership of the union, but there is also a growing demand among classroom teachers for a change from policies and strategies that have shied away from serious resistance to New Labour.


    Turkish hunger strike protest

    A RALLY in support of hunger strikers in Turkish prisons took place on Saturday of last week.

    The protest, at Seven Sisters in north London, took place as hunger strikers entered the 34th day of their protest against prison conditions.

    Some 107 people have lost their lives in the hunger strike and related protests.

  • STEVE KACZYNSKI


    Ready for a good clean fight

    A STRIKE by cleaners at Southampton Institute, due to take place on Monday of this week, was rescheduled for Wednesday of this week.

    The cleaners at the university, employed by private company MacLellan, rescheduled their action to prevent scab labour being brought in to clean over the weekend.

    The 120-strong workforce, members of the GMB union, are striking for £5 per hour.


    Residents: 'You mast be joking'

    ACTIVISTS ON the De Beauvoir estate in Hackney, east London, have started a campaign against plans to erect a phone mast.

    The mast was due to be erected near a children's play area and housing. On Thursday of last week 60 angry residents met in a community hall. The meeting was built through a few posters, e-mails and some text messages.

    The meeting agreed to start a campaign to stop the mast being put up using letters and protests.

  • NIGEL DAVEY


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    Sat 31 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
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