THE PROSPECT of a strike has forced bosses at Jarrolds, a Norwich-based printing company, to retreat. The company planned to sack around 60 workers and cut pay by 15 percent for those that were left.
Workers at the company, who are in the GPMU print workers' union, balloted for strikes, with 160 backing action out of the 221 who voted.
THE NAZI BNP was stopped from hijacking an anti-war meeting and protest in Barrow-in-Furness last Saturday. BNP supporter Bill Round tried to become involved in the event. He stated at one point that he would be there as a 'citizen', not a BNP supporter. Anti-Nazis and anti-war campaigners issued a press statement declaring that the Nazis are not welcome in the campaign. The event organisers issued a statement agreeing that the BNP had no role in the movement.
Some 40 anti-Nazis and anti-war campaigners attended the event and the BNP was no-where to be seen. People marched through Barrow with Anti Nazi League and anti-war placards and chants.
SHIPYARD WORKERS at Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton have been striking for one day a week for the past three weeks. The company is relocating to the Portsmouth area. The workers' GMB union says many have always walked to work and deserve travel compensation of £1,000 each.
Workers rejected the company's initial offer of £250 and a subsequent one of £500 with a four-day week because of all the strings attached.
STUDENTS confronted education minister Margaret Hodge over government plans for university top-up fees when she visited Cambridge University last week. She seemed to argue that universities like Cambridge are elitist, so it did not matter if they became more so.
At the end of the meeting one Labour member tore up his party card. At a protest outside one of the banners read 'Grants not bombs'.
DANIEL JAMES, Cambridge University
ARTISTS AGAINST the War joined the peace vigil in the centre of Bristol on Saturday to provide a colourful display of opposition to the war on Iraq. Artists Against the War is planning more to highlight local initiatives against the war.