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Issue No. 1847

Safety lapses of rail crash firm

THE COMPANY at the heart of the investigation into the Potters Bar rail crash has been accused of serious lapses in their maintenance of the rail network. A leaked letter to the rail regulator said examples include, 'tools being left on the line both during and after work to be struck by trains, lines blocked with ballast, poor repairs leading to repeat failures'. The letter was from Arriva Trains and complained about the contractor's 'competence'.

Jarvis was not mentioned by name. But last week it was confirmed that Jarvis runs 80 percent of the maintenance on Arriva's northern franchise.

Huge payouts at the top

FAT CAT pay packages have sparked rows in four major companies. The National Association of Pension Funds has heavily criticised Barclays, Shell, Schroeders and Reuters.

Barclays chief executive Matt Barrett will get a pension of £1.7 million a year plus £8 million in shares. Huge payouts are also set for top bosses at Shell, Schroeders and Reuters.

Support George Galloway

GEORGE GALLOWAY, one of the most energetic and effective anti-war campaigners, has been abused by the Sun and witch-hunted by Downing Street. He is now threatened with expulsion from the Labour Party.

Thousands of anti-war campaigners will be disgusted and want to show their support for him.

  • Complain to Tony Blair by writing to 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA or faxing 020 7925 0918.

  • E-mail your support to George Galloway on

    Moving to front of stage

    STRIKE ACTION is making a comeback at the English National Opera. In February the 60-strong chorus took strike action against job losses and brought down the curtain on an opera performance. Now backstage staff have voted to strike against a threat to cut one in six jobs.

    Workers including technicians, wardrobe, lighting and box office staff are among those who voted to strike. The workers are also worried that they might lose their job security, with permanent contracts torn up and replaced with short term employment.

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    Sat 19 Apr 2003, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1847
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