- WORKERS AT Alexander's bus factory in Falkirk voted last week to accept a new pay offer from the company. The deal follows a series of solid one-day strikes by over 700 workers. The company had originally offered just 2.5 percent this year and next. After the strikes it has now upped this to 3 percent this year and 4 percent next year, with some improvement in the bonus and pension scheme. Works union convenor Gus Grubb told Socialist Worker, "We got some extra money out of the company. We would not have won that without standing firm and taking strike action."
- A STRIKE by bus drivers at First Aberdeen, planned for Thursday of last week, was called off when union officials and management made a last minute deal. The deal is understood to have included an improved pay offer of 4 percent, with new drivers to be paid the full rate. But some redundancies are also included as part of First Aberdeen's rationalisation plans. Drivers accepted the deal at a mass meeting last week, although a significant minority wanted to carry on with the action.
- ROUND 100 people attended a council consultation meeting in Islington, north London, last week, held to discuss plans for Arsenal football club's new stadium. Arsenal proposes to turn the old Highbury stadium into a luxury housing development, turning the pitch into a private park. A new 60,000 capacity stadium is to be sited in a high density residential area. A waste disposal plant presently on the site is to be moved elsewhere in the borough. Local residents fear the pollution and traffic will affect children's health on the surrounding council estates. A campaign, Islington Stadium Communities Alliance, has been launched to oppose the development.
- AROUND 150 people attended a "speak out" for refugees in Manchester on Saturday, organised by the Manchester Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers.
- ANTI-NAZIS protested outside the Cock Tavern in Somers Town, north London, again last week to prevent the National Front from shutting down the pub. This week's protest was joined by local tenants after a petition was taken around an estate, as well as trade unionists and community activists. Police refused to allow the NF near the pub. A police inspector informed the protesters that the NF requested an escort away from the area because of the Anti Nazi League's "superior numbers".
- THE ANTI Nazi League mobilised 120 people from across Bradford for a local neighbourhood meeting in Undercliffe last week. A small group of Nazis had infiltrated a local residents' campaign.