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Newport meeting attacks Passport Office closure

Issue No. 2225

More than 35 people attended a Right to Work meeting in Newport, south Wales, on Thursday of last week against the closure of the city’s Passport Office.

The closure threatens the loss of 300 jobs in an area which has not recovered from the Tory assaults in the 1980s.

The meeting was the next step in a powerful campaign to keep the office open.

It followed a 700-strong protest in Newport the previous Saturday, which was organised by the workers’ PCS union.

Speakers at the meeting included Plaid Cymru Welsh assembly member Leanne Wood, PCS Identity and Passport Service (IPS) group president Paul McGoay and Ben Rapier, the PCS group organiser who also works at the Newport office.

The meeting brought together people from Newport trades council, the local community and Passport Office workers.

“It was a very positive meeting, keeping the campaign’s momentum going,” said Paul McGoay. “It showed the flame of resistance is still burning strongly against the closure.”

The group executive of the PCS in the IPS is this week discussing the next step in the fight.

It has pledged to organise hard-hitting strikes if the closure decision is not reversed.

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Tue 26 Oct 2010, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2225
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