ABOUT 1,000 people blockaded the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland over three days last weekend.
They managed to shut the gates of the base on Monday morning. The police tried to shift people but protesters suspect nobody got into work.
Two people managed to get up the lamp-posts in front of the gate and hung a banner between them saying, “Scotland—Nuclear Free.” That stayed up for several hours.
People were there from right across the board, including very young people and 80 year old peace protestors.
Taking action for a clean victory
WORKERS AT Soapworks in Glasgow, a subsidiary of the Body Shop, were set to strike on Monday of next week following a vote by TGWU union members.
Some 87.5 percent of the workforce voted to take strike action over the refusal of the company to offer any increases to shift allowance pay, even though it has offered a 3 percent increase to basic pay.
Workers at Soapworks are employed on a 24-hour shift rota, which sometimes requires them to work right through the night.
A bit of falafel on the cultural fringe
OVER 400 people attended a three-day Fringe event in Edinburgh organised by members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign last week.
It included traditional dance, music, readings and poetry by Ghazi Hussein and Jim Aitken.
Members of the audience joined in the final dance.
Members of the Edinburgh Women in Black group organised a very moving exhibition of Palestinian children’s drawings.
A cafe serving Middle Eastern food, which ran throughout the event, proved very popular.
Journalists back civil rights call
FORTY people heard Azmat Begg demand justice for his son and other detainees held without trial in Guantanamo and in Belmarsh prison at a meeting organised by Rotherham Stop the War Coalition.
Last week’s meeting, jointly called by the journalists’ NUJ union in South Yorkshire, declared its opposition to the abuse of civil liberties in Britain.
It also pledged to support the national demonstration at the European Social Forum in London on 17 October.
Union rolls on to recognition
SOME 305 car workers at the luxury car maker TVR Engineering Ltd in Blackpool have won union recognition.
Russian business tycoon Nikolai Smolenski bought the company recently.
After a lengthy campaign the TGWU union has now won recognition at the Bristol Avenue site to negotiate on pay, hours and holidays.