GUARDS ON the c2c line, which runs out of Fenchurch Street station in the City of London, were set to strike on Wednesday of this week. The company refused to follow 18 others in settling with the RMT rail union in a dispute over the safety role of guards. A strike last week hit the service hard.
AROUND 50 pensioners staged an angry march around Barnsley Town Hall on Friday of last week in a bid to shame councillors over the introduction of warden charges.
FOUNDRY WORKERS at William Cook's in Sheffield are still picketing. They need urgent support and solidarity from all trade union members.
- Send messages of support and donations to Eddy Grimes, 116 Richmond Park Crescent, Sheffield S13 8HG.
SOME 50 people attended a World Development Movement (WDM) meeting in Lewisham, south east London, last week. A WDM speaker outlined the privatisation horrors that will happen under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The audience was shocked to hear Labour MEP Richard Balfe refuse to condemn the shooting of protesters at Gothenburg.
AROUND 20 protesters occupied the offices of the National Union of Students on Wednesday of last week. They were furious about a decision to slash the budget of the liberation campaigns-campaigns against sexism, racism and homophobia.
The occupiers were evicted on Friday morning after NUS president Owain James called the police and claimed the protesters were holding two hostages. Now members of the national executive who took part in the occupation have been banned from the building for life, including the elected national women's officer and the lesbian, gay and bisexual officer.
A number of protesters picketed an NEC meeting on Monday of this week in protest.