HACKNEY COUNCIL in east London is pressing ahead with its disciplinary of Unison union branch officer John Page. In December 2002 Hackney council suspended Unison branch officers John Page, Brian Debus and Will Leng after they raised concerns about racism in a draft report to the council.
All allegations against Will have been dropped, and the allegations against Brian have been reduced. John Page, however, still faces dismissal. A ballot for industrial action is due to begin in the next week.
A weekend of solidarity
THE FIGHT to stop the privatisation of water, electricity and telephone services in the city of Cali, Colombia, is coming to a head again. The Sintraemcali union, which has been at the heart of the fight to stop privatisation, works in an atmosphere of persecution.
The fight to build solidarity with the Sintraemcali struggle, and the wider resistance in Colombia will be one of the themes of a weekend of solidarity meetings and conferences in London this weekend.
Hungry for alternative
SOME 25 people, including ten school and college students, attended an anti-war meeting in Honor Oak in Lewisham, south east London, on Wednesday of last week. The discussion went on after 10pm with people hungry for an analysis of war and imperialism. This was one of the most exciting political meetings we have experienced in the area.
Maggie Palmer and Paul Summers
Protesting to stop the sell-off
AROUND 50 people marched through Hounslow in west London on Tuesday of last week. They were protesting against the New Labour council's decision to privatise the home care service.
The Unison union organised the demonstration. Protesters lobbied councillors as they went into their meeting. The event comprised home carers, service users and supporters. Further protests are planned.
Narrow 'yes' to political fund
LEADERS OF Prospect, the union for civil servant scientists, specialists and managers, breathed a huge sigh of relief at the result of their political fund ballot. Prospect members voted 21,537 to 21,403 - a majority of just 134 in favour of establishing a political fund, in a high 41 percent turnout.
The union leadership and activists argued for a yes vote to enable the union to undertake 'political' campaigns against privatisation and job cuts.
Around 200 people protested for human rights in Zimbabwe in Manchester last Saturday. London saw a similar protest