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in brief: strike begins to bite Body Shop

Issue No. 1921

WORKERS AT the Soapworks factory in Easterhouse, Glasgow, have stepped up their strike. They are striking every day until Wednesday of next week.

The TGWU union members have been striking for two days each week for the past three weeks in support of their pay claim. Workers had already decided to strike all this week. At a mass meeting on Thursday of last week they agreed to extend the strike.

The strike is biting into factory output. The factory is owned entirely by Anita Roddick’s Body Shop. Body Shop profits increased by 39 percent last year.

You can send messages of support to tgwu@tgwu.org.uk, marked “Soapworks”.

by Alan Thomson


Growing numbers for Stop the War

AROUND 400 people filled Birmingham’s Irish Centre on Friday of last week for a Stop the War Coalition rally on “Iraq—bring the troops home”.

Tony Benn was warmly applauded, as was John Rees, a leading figure in the coalition and a Respect candidate in Birmingham, Salma Yaqoob, anti-war activist and Respect campaigner, and the journalist and environmental campaigner George Monbiot.

Many in the audience took away posters for the 17 October demonstration in London.


Chuck this pay cut in the rubbish bin

Refuse collectors in Coventry took two days unofficial strike action last week after being told of a £4,500 annual pay cut. The workers’ action has heartened thousands of city council employees who will also be affected by the “single status” imposed by the Tory-run council.

The “single status” will mean pay freezes, and in some cases pay cuts. But council bosses have recently awarded themselves a £20,000 pay raise.

by JOE VARNEY


Anti-racists to march in Swansea

CAMPAIGNERS ARE expecting a big demonstration on Saturday 9 October. Swansea Unite Against Racism have organised the march.

“We have been inundated with pledges of support and sponsorship,” says Martin Chapman of the organising committee.“The County of Swansea itself is now a main backer, as well as the Welsh TUC and the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association.

Demonstrate Saturday 9 October, 11am, Guild Hall, Swansea


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Sat 2 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
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