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Issue No. 1922

Strike threat gets moves on deal

THE THREAT of strike action by parking attendants working for Vinci Park in Bromley, south London, planned for last Saturday has forced the company to meet the workers’ demands.

Management has agreed to identify “places of safety” where the attendants, who are members of the RMT union, can take their breaks.

The dispute was triggered when the company removed the attendants’ longstanding right to return to the depot for breaks.

The RMT members voted unanimously for action in response.

Appeal after Swansea murder

The All Wales Ethnic Minority Association has launched an appeal to help with the cost of returning Kalan Kawa Karim’s body home.

Mr Karim, an Iraqi Kurd, who had fled Iraq after being tortured by Saddam Hussein’s regime, was killed in a racist attack in Swansea earlier this year.

lPlease make cheques payable to AWEMA Karim Appeal and send them to Barclays Bank, 70 Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5JD or donate directly to account number 93356612, sort code

20-84-41.

Remembering the miners’ struggle

Over 100 people came together last weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Women Against Pit Closures (WAPC). The group was formed to fight back against Thatcher’s attack on the miners.

A wide range of women spoke of their struggles of the past. There were many international speakers, including women miners from the US, and refugees from Iran and Iraq.

WAPC is creating a website to provide information and support for campaigns, which should be online by International Women’s Day next year.
Fran Postlethwaite

New Labour gets taught a lesson

OVER 300 school students and parents protested outside a West Dunbartonshire council meeting last week in Clydebank.

The protest was against the council meeting to enforce an unpopular program of PPP privatisation for schools in the area.

New Labour councilors and a highly paid executive had to walk through angry protesters.

Calls for council leader Andy White to resign were widespread. Parents are now going to protest at the surgeries of individual Labour councillors.


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Sat 9 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1922
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