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Sparks fly

Issue No. 1745

Sparks fly

Newark left turn

THE CORE of Newark Labour Party has come over to the Socialist Alliance. The local branch of the Labour Party has been suspended for the last two years after falling foul of national New Labour leaders. Labour stalwarts in the town have been forced to meet as the Newark Reform Group as a result.

But, after a meeting last weekend, the group has decided to launch the Newark and Retford Socialist Alliance, and plans a public meeting. The meeting will be addressed by Liz Davies, the former Labour national executive member who has also come over to the Socialist Alliance.

  • More reports on the Socialist Alliance page 15

Peugeot to walk

THOUSANDS OF car workers at the Peugeot plant in Coventry are to strike next Friday. The workers, members of the TGWU union, voted for the action in a fight over pay and holidays.

Workers in the AEEU union narrowly voted against action, but have said they will respect picket lines. The multinational company is making booming profits.

  • Full story page 15

GPs to protest

NHS DOCTORS plan a national day of action on 1 May in protest at their increasing workload. Doctors are also planning to hand in undated resignation letters. "For GPs this tactic is, given our self employed status, the equivalent of striking. It is not an abandonment of the NHS," explains east London GP and Socialist Alliance candidate Kambiz Boomla. The NHS needs 9,000 more GPs to provide the care patients need."

Steel to ballot

WORKERS AT the Corus-owned Llanwern steel plant in South Wales are set to ballot on strikes to save jobs, and they could be joined by workers at Corus's Teesside plant. Bosses of the multinational firm want to axe 6,000 jobs. The workers' ISTC union put forward a plan that it said could save jobs, but that was rejected by Corus bosses.

  • Full story page 15

Firefight in Berks

FIREFIGHTERS and control staff across Berkshire plan to strike next Tuesday,1 May. The fight centres around the way that the government's "Best Value" scheme in local authorities is forcing cuts which threaten the fire service.

  • Full story page 15

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Sat 28 Apr 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1745
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