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Issue No. 2331

New strike at British Museum

PCS and Unite union members at the British Museum were set to strike together on Thursday this week from 4pm against the outsourcing of their jobs. This follows two previous strikes. Supporters can visit picket lines from 4pm onwards.

Workers are targeting events held for British Museum members in their protests. Martin, a PCS rep, told Socialist Worker on their second walkout, “Workers are petrified they’ll lose their jobs or terms and conditions. But people felt positive after our first strike.”

Barnet council sends jobs away

Some 520 Barnet council jobs are to be transferred to Capita, workers were told on Friday of last week. More than half of them are to be exported to towns across the UK. This is part of the “One Barnet” programme of privatisation, worth a total of up to £750 million.

John Burgess, branch secretary of the workers’ Unison union, called it “a dark, dark day in the history of Barnet council”. But he pledged that “our campaign is still very alive and focused”.

Cuts protesters occupy in Salford

Mental health campaigners occupied Salford council chamber on Wednesday of last week in protest against cuts to adult social care.

The activists won an emergency meeting with Ian Stewart, the city mayor, and Peter Connor, assistant mayor for adult social care.

Housing campaign rallies in Southwark

Angry tenants and trade unionists in south London attended a meeting on Saturday of last week organised by Southwark Defend Council Housing.

A report from the housing commission set up by the council put forward proposals for the coming 30 years for housing in the borough. It gave only three options, none of which involves building more council housing.

The council is selling land that belongs to us and is not its to sell. We need to demand a full consultation about the future for council tenants in Southwark.

Mary Phillips

Time to kick out the north’s Nazi MEPs

Anti-fascists were set to meet in Liverpool and Leeds this weekend to organise campaigns against Nazi MEPs in next year’s European elections.

Activists at Unite Against Fascism’s (UAF) Yorkshire and Humber conference this Saturday will prepare to get rid of their MEP Andrew Brons, formerly of the fascist British National Party (BNP). And on Sunday north west UAF will take the fight to BNP fuhrer Nick Griffin.

The Yorkshire and Humber UAF conference is on Sat 1 Dec, 10am-2pm, Swarthmore Centre, Leeds LS3 1AD. For information email [email protected] or go to

The Griffin Must Go conference, Sun 2 Dec, 10.30am-4.30pm, Unite North West regional office, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool L3 8EF. To book places call 07507 373 609 or email [email protected]

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Tue 27 Nov 2012, 18:57 GMT
Issue No. 2331
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