SOME 1,700 council workers in Bolton struck for the day on Wednesday of last week. The social services and housing departments took action to defend conditions of service. The council wants to increase hours for new starters, or for anyone who takes another post or promotion.
It wants to cut people's holiday entitlements, and it wants to reduce mileage allowance. There was a mass rally at the local college, and all who attended left feeling strength of spirit and that this is a dispute we can ill afford to lose.
- GARRY BETTS, UNISON shop steward
OVER 150 anti-incinerator campaigners protested outside the Neath Port Talbot civic centre last week. A giant incinerator complex is being built in the small community of Crymlyn Burrows on the Neath-Swansea border.
It is being built by Neath Port Talbot council, New Labour controlled, in partnership with a Portuguese corporation. Campaigners are angry at the threat to human health and the environment posed by the incinerator.
OVER 100 people marched through a housing estate in north Plymouth last weekend, protesting against the Tory council's proposed closure of the community college in Southway. The council has fed parents, students and residents lies and misinformation about the proposal, and its effect on the community. Further action is now planned, including a demonstration outside the next council meeting to discuss the closure.