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Issue No. 1902

Choc shop stop mars bosses' day

WORKERS AT the Cadbury World shop in Birmingham struck for a day last week for equal pay. The ten staff, all members of the TGWU, are demanding the same pay as staff in the factory shop, who get £2 an hour more for doing the same job. The Cadbury World shop staff are currently paid £5.61 an hour.

Brian Revell, the TGWU national organiser for food and agriculture, said, "The Cadbury managers have been obstructive throughout and refused to negotiate."

Boost for the housing battle

SOME 150 council tenants, councillors and trade unionists queued to attend the House of Commons Council Housing Group's inquiry on Wednesday of last week. The inquiry was held to gather evidence in support of direct investment in council housing as an alternative to privatisation. Delegations from 22 local authority areas-several headed up by councillors-addressed the MPs.

An open letter to Gordon Brown, produced by the MPs group, was circulated at the meeting and will accompany a comprehensive report to be sent to the chancellor.


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    Up one level at Canary Wharf

    PRESSURE FROM the Telco East London community organisation and trade unions has won improved pay for cleaners at HSBC's worldwide headquarters at Canary Wharf. OCS, the company employing the workers, has increased wages by 11 percent to £6.10 an hour.

    Campaigners, who had threatened to turn up in large numbers to the AGM of the HSBC bank to voice their complaints, will continue to campaign to win a £6.70 living wage for all cleaners at Canary Wharf.

    Hove protest at horror in Iraq

    AROUND 50 people in Hove, near Brighton, staged a mock funeral procession last weekend over the death of democracy and against the torture and killing in Iraq. We marched to the town hall to lobby defence minister Ivor Caplin. He finally accepted a petition demanding an end to the occupation.

    Later the protesters marched to Brighton town centre to meet up with a protest against a local arms manufacturer.


    Campaign wants justice for Kebba

    SOME 60 people demonstrated outside Holmes Road police station in Camden, north London, on Monday evening after the death of Kebba "Dobbo" Jobe. He was arrested at Camden Lock last Saturday. Kebba was 42 years old and a father of seven.

    Friends and family have called a demonstration for this Saturday, 22 May, at 2pm, assembling at Camden Lock and marching to Holmes Road police station.

    Palestine protest

    THOUSANDS OF protesters gathered in London's Trafalgar Square last Saturday to protest against the apartheid wall that Israel is building through the Palestinian West Bank. The rally, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was held on the 56th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Around 2,000 people joined a march at the end of the rally to Downing Street.

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    Sat 22 May 2004, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1902
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