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'They ignored my plight'

Issue No. 1876

AN ASIAN man working for British Airways was the target of death threats from racists but his plight was ignored by BA bosses, a tribunal heard last week.

Aamir Muhammad, who worked as a baggage handler, told the tribunal that managers failed to act to stem the racist campaign against him.

When Nazi swastikas were graffitied around where he worked, it took managers over a year to have them cleaned up.

Muhammad said that the graffiti 'was devastating. It made my workplace dangerous. I felt unsafe.' Muhammad claims BA discriminated against him.


Cops in death figure shock

THE POLICE are responsible for more than 300 people dying in the last five years.

That shocking figure was given by Home Office minister Hazel Blears in answer to an MP's question.

The figures include deaths of people the police are chasing and those killed in police custody, with a total of 328 deaths between 1997 and 2002.


Big weighting rise needed

PUBLIC SECTOR workers living in London need a massive increase in their London weighting allowance, a new survey shows, backing what workers have been fighting for in recent months.

The Warwick Institute for Employment Research found that public sector workers needed a 50 percent increase in the allowance.

The study revealed that allowances of around £4,400 were necessary for council workers to keep even with private sector workers in the capital.

This is higher than the £4,000 that public sector unions are asking for.


The real threat to peace

ISRAEL IS the biggest threat to world peace, according to a poll carried out by the European Commission.

Some 7,500 people in 15 European countries were asked which country was the biggest threat to peace. Israel came top, with North Korea, Iran and the US coming joint second.


Rich have never had it so good

THE SUNDAY Times list of Britain's rich revealed last week, 'War, terror and global slowdown have been shrugged off by Britain's top earners, as pay reaches heights not seen since the 1990s.'

The earnings of the richest 500 have soared by over 31 percent to £4.5 billion.

These findings were backed by a survey into bosses' pay rises. Salaries grabbed by the bosses of the FTSE top 100 companies rose by nearly 8 percent last year.


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Sat 8 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1876
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