MORE THAN 300 people marched through the small South Wales town of Pontypool last Friday to protest at the proposed closure of Trevethin Community School.
Torfaen council plans to close the school and disperse school students to two other schools at an estimated cost of £12.2 million.
Such was the size of the demonstration, organised by Community Action Trevethin (CAT), that the police were forced to close most of the town for the march to take place.
Protesters included local councillors, school governors, parents and school students.
Rally for socialism in Scotland
OVER 450 people attended Socialism 2004, the Scottish Socialist Party’s annual discussion event held in Glasgow last weekend.
The opening rally included moving testimony from Rose Gentle on how she had become involved in the anti-war movement following the death of her son Gordon in Iraq.
Meetings on the forthcoming European Social Forum in London and G8 summit in Gleneagles attracted large audiences. Nursery nurses discussed their recent dispute.
Airports ballot takes off at last
WORKERS AT BAA, the airport operator, have commenced balloting on their employers’ latest final offer.
The company has pulled every trick in the book and stalled negotiations until end of the summer season, thus minimising the effect of any industrial action.
The ballot result is due at the end of the month.
GATWICK AIRPORT WORKER
Unions stand up for the educators
AROUND 60 trade unionists protested at the closure of the Trade Union Education Unit at Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) recently.
“This is not simply an attack on education for trade unionists in Manchester,” said one speaker at the rally. “It is an attack on union organisation.”
Unions sending representatives to the protest included Amicus, GMB, Unison, NUJ, PCS, CWU and Natfhe.
Fighting back against racism
AROUND 60 people from different community groups in Basildon, Essex, attended a meeting on Tuesday of last week called by local Muslims who had experienced racist attacks.
The meeting attracted Muslims, Sikhs and members of the Afro-Caribbean centre, as well as many other locals.
Unite Against Fascism is currently campaigning against a Nazi BNP candidate in a Basildon council by-election. We got a good response.