MEMBERS OF the ship officers' NUMAST union on Coxflexip Stena Offshore vessels have voted for strike action. NUMAST members voted by 80 percent for strike action, and by 87 percent for action short of a strike, over management's 3 percent pay offer. A 72-hour strike is planned later this month. Talks were to take place at ACAS this week.
AROUND 800 supporters of the campaign to save the Neptune's Kingdom swimming pool, known locally as Gorton Tub, turned out for last Saturday's fun day and protest. At 3.30pm those not in the water marched to the A57 Hyde Road, complete with balloons and banners, and blocked traffic in protest at plans to close the pool.
AROUND 100 people, black and white, revived Huddersfield's May Day tradition by marching through the town behind Mrs Asghar, widow of Mohammed Asghar, and their children. The demonstrators were demanding justice for the killing of her husband outside his own restaurant last summer.
- Messages of support for the campaign should be sent c/o KRAFT, Unit 11, Ray Street Industrial Estate, Huddersfield.
AROUND 20 people protested outside Exeter Crown Court last week in defence of Iranian refugee Farrokh Shiri. Despite a vicar offering to let him stay in his house, bail was refused, and Farrokh could face deportation in two weeks time.
THE COMMITTEE to Defend Asylum Seekers has launched a national open statement attacking politicians' use of the race card. Signatories already include Bruce Kent, Liz Davies, Mike Marqusee and Mark Serwotka.