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Court frees Lewisham two

ALL OF the charges against two of the Lewisham Three, Rene Bravo and Marcela Massingnotti, were thrown out by the magistrate at Belmarsh last week. Rene and Marcela are the parents of a student and all three were taking part in peaceful anti-war activities on the day war broke out.

Three people were charged with assault on a police officer, after police boarded a bus carrying 50 students and six adults to join protests at Parliament Square. We would like to thank all those that helped and supported the campaign. We will update you on the outstanding case, that of Karl Debautt, which is to be heard on 24 September.

Workers are not that flexible

AROUND 40 workers have staged two 12-hour strikes within a week at a factory in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The workers are members of the GMB union. They work for Amcor Flexibles making plastic packaging.

The strikes are in support of a pay claim. They want a pay rise of 33 percent to bring them level with workers employed by Amcor Flexible Venus, who work in the same building.

Lecturers mark down pay offer

LECTURERS IN the old universities have voted to reject a pay offer that was trumpeted two weeks ago by employers as a'historic breakthrough.' The vote could lead to industrial action in the autumn, just when the government is trying to introduce its top-up fees.

The two-year pay deal aimed to bring workers in old and new universities under one pay scale, offering rises of over 12 percent for some workers. But lecturers were only offered 3.44 percent this year and 3 percent next year.

Stop the War gets on the move

SOME 30 people attended a Stop the War meeting in Plymouth last week to start building for the 27 September national demonstration. Nine full coaches travelled to London on 15 February and coalition chair Lesley Crawford suggested this is the target to beat.

Marigold, a school student, gave an inspiring account of a walkout against the war by more than 500 from Devonport High School for Girls. Pete Heddle, from Plymouth University, gave an eyewitness account of his visit to Palestine.

Trade unionists from Unison, the CWU, RMT and TGWU attended, and Tony Staunton from Plymouth TUC called on the 14 trade unions now affiliated to the coalition nationally to pull out all the stops to build the next demonstration.

Tooting popular post office

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop the Post Office from selling off the Crown Post Office in Tooting. Members of the CWU postal workers' union condemned the move and called on people to write letters to MPs and the Post Office bosses.

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Sat 9 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1863
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