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Issue No. 1836

March to defend education

THREE MORE schools in Hackney, east London, have voted in an indicative ballot to take strike action in solidarity with sacked union rep Indro Sen. Teachers at Kingsland School took one day's strike action in support of Sen two weeks ago.

Now the campaign has been given a boost. The fight to defend Indro Sen is part of a bigger fight to defend comprehensive education in Hackney.

The Learning Trust, which runs education in the borough, has announced plans to close Kingsland School and a primary school, Laburnum. The Learning Trust is supporting the introduction of new privatised 'city academies'. Hackney NUT has called a demonstration this Saturday to defend comprehensive education in Hackney.

Demonstrate, Saturday 1 February. Assemble 12 noon, Kingsland School, Shacklewell Lane.

'Provisional wing of the CBI'

SHOPPERS APPLAUDED as over 1,000 supporters of the 87 sacked TGWU union workers at the Friction Dynamics plant in Caernarfon, North Wales, marched through their town last Saturday.

They heard a number of TGWU speakers praise the workers' determination to carry on the fight for justice against union-busting boss Craig Smith. Smith lost an industrial tribunal case last November, but he has lodged an appeal.

TGWU branch secretary told Socialist Worker that picketing will continue by the 37 remaining strikers until Smith pays up. To much applause at the rally, TGWU leader Bill Morris condemned the government as being the 'provisional wing of the CBI' bosses' organisation.

Rallying cry for refugees

'DAVID BLUNKETT, shame on you! Asylum seekers have rights too!' So went the angry chant that greeted the home secretary when he addressed a Charter 88 meeting on citizenship in Sheffield last week.

The Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers had called the lobby of Blunkett to protest at New Labour's appalling racist treatment of asylum seekers. Some people who had simply turned up to hear Blunkett speak also joined the lobby. And inside the meeting, many people questioned Blunkett on the war on Iraq.

Solidarity with Kensington 87

PROTESTERS gathered outside the South African high commission in London last week as 87 people went on trial on Johannesburg. The case of the Kensington 87 has been dragging on for nearly a year.

They were arrested at a protest outside the house of the Mayor of Johannesburg over privatisation and high charges. The accused include well known activist Trevor Ngwane. The verdict will be handed down on 5 March.

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Sat 1 Feb 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1836
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