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Sparks fly

Issue No. 1741

Sparks fly

Winning trail

SOME 500 strikers at Willerby Caravans in Hull marched through the city last week to a mass strike meeting. They are on indefinite strike against short term contracts for workers.

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UCL go global

OVER 100 people attended a Globalise Resistance conference at University College London (UCL) last week. They heard George Monbiot and Barry Coates speak alongside Green Party and Socialist Alliance candidates.

Dan Ozarow, UCL student union education and welfare officer, chaired the final rally and said, "It is fantastic to see so many ideas being discussed. Finally students across London are starting to become aware of the injustices in the world and are coming together to do something about them." A large contingent from UCL now plan to go to the Genoa protest.

  • Steve Smith

Hitting the roof

NEARLY 150 students protested outside the university council meeting in Durham last week as part of a campaign against a 10 percent rent rise. The protest closed down the main entrances into the building as students hung paper chains across the gates to symbolise the hardship of poor students. The university authorities pushed through with the �270 rise in rent. Further action is planned to avert more rises next year.

  • Paul Leake

Plymouth march on

ABOUT 300 Plymouth council workers and their supporters marched last Saturday against the Tory-run council's cuts. About 5,400 workers have taken industrial action this month. "We are still insisting on no compulsory redundancies," says UNISON union branch secretary Tony Staunton.

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Ballot in Berks

FIREFIGHTERS and control room staff in Berkshire are balloting for strike action over the threat to eight full time jobs. "The dispute with the authority has been going on for ages," one FBU union member told Socialist Worker. "All we are asking for is existing staffing levels to be met and a proper review, which would mean more firefighters. Instead we are getting cuts under the government's so called 'Best Value' scheme." The ballot result is due on 18 April.

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Sat 31 Mar 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1741
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