GEORGE BUSH Sr, the architect of the first Gulf War, is coming to London to raise money for his son's re-election campaign. He will be the main guest at a dinner party hosted by Republicans Abroad on Tuesday 18 May. Tickets for the event are $1,000 each!
The Stop the War Coalition is calling a mass picket of the event. Let's give George Bush Sr the reception he deserves and the guests a night that they wish they had not attended. For further information please phone 020 7053 2153 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Protest Tuesday 18 May, 4.30-6.30pm, Landmark Hotel, 222 Marylebone Road, London (Marylebone tube).
New bins shifts are just rubbish
BRIGHTON BIN workers have again voted overwhelmingly to ballot for industrial action over changes in working practices. Management changed some rounds last month, forcing far too much work on some crews and seeing the service descend into chaos.
Rubbish has been piling up on some streets and crews have been suspended. GMB union officials are looking at the possibility of all-out strike action after being backed into a corner by management.
Lecturers fight capital crime
THE RESULT of a ballot of further education lecturers in London for strikes over allowances for working in the capital was due on Wednesday of this week. Sean Vernell from the Natfhe union at City and Islington College told Socialist Worker, "We are hoping for a clear vote for a strike on Thursday of next week. As with other workers, people are finding it impossible to find housing in London. We plan to raise this issue politically by lobbying parliament and inviting all the candidates for London mayor to address us and say whether they back our action."
Build the fight for better pay
SOME 20,000 steel erectors, pipe fitters and welders across Britain could strike over pay. They are demanding a better deal from their employers' body, the Engineering Construction Industry Association. They have been balloting and the result was expected this week.
Ballot accepts the pay offer
LECTURERS IN the AUT union have voted by 85 percent to 15 percent to accept a deal to end their recent pay dispute. The union's executive recommended acceptance.
The settlement falls short of what could have been achieved, but the concessions which the employers were forced to make are a tribute to the effectiveness of the strikes. Lecturers struck for two days in February, and the action has immensely strengthened the union.
Now activists need to build on those networks and increase the circulation of the rank and file paper University Worker.