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Sparks fly

Issue No. 1746

Sparks fly

Action courses

LECTURERS IN further education colleges across England and Wales are balloting on strikes over pay. The mood was running heavily for a yes vote, with colleges finding they can't recruit staff because of poor pay. "People are confident," says one lecturer. A yes vote should be followed by a strike on 22 May.

  • Full story page 15

Express ballots

MEDIA WORKERS at Express Newspapers were to start balloting on strikes against job cuts this week. Some 145 redundancies are threatened across the titles in the group by the new owner, porn baron Richard Desmond. The campaign in the lead-up to the ballot has also seen union membership grow significantly.

  • Full story page 15

Evil over nursery

OVER 100 people protested outside Liverpool town hall last week over the Liberal Democrat council's plans to close two social services day nurseries. The anger of parents and staff erupted inside the chamber when councillors voted for the closure plans.

Parents screamed at the social services executive director, "You are an evil woman. You're taking our kids' future away." The feeling continued through to Saturday.

There were over 20 parents, staff and supporters out in Liverpool city centre petitioning against the planned nursery closures.

Who is furious?

ACTIVISTS FROM a wide variety of organisations joined last weekend's "trade teach-in" in Manchester. In a special session delegates had to guess who various characters were. Try this one: "I was furious at those who brought about the collapse of the Seattle trade negotiations. They are preventing poverty reduction. Who am I?"

  • Find out the answer, and read the full story on the teach-in, on page 15

Target Cape

SOME 200 people marched through Springburn, Glasgow, last Saturday to protest over Cape plc's treatment of asbestos victims in South Africa. The protest was called by the newly formed West of Scotland Hazards Group.


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Sat 5 May 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1746
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