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Issue No. 1848

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.

  • Lobby John Page's hearing, Friday 25 April, 9am, Christopher Addison House (behind Hackney Town Hall).


    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.

  • Colombia Solidarity Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, 26-27 April. For more details of meetings and conferences e-mail colombia_sc@hotmail.com


    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.
    Unison Member


    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.
    Prospect Member


    Zimbabwe solidarity

    Around 200 people protested for human rights in Zimbabwe in Manchester last Saturday. London saw a similar protest


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    Sat 26 Apr 2003, 00:00 BST
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