SOME 140 nursery nurses who are members of the Unison public services union in Kirklees met on Monday to discuss escalating their industrial action in support of a regrading claim.
They have already taken four days of action and will be discussing a five-day strike followed, possibly, by indefinite strike action. The council has refused to enter meaningful talks and has spread lies about the pay offer.
But the strikers have received support from parents, fellow Unison members and the public. They need financial support and collections are vital, as are messages of support.
Reject this shoddy deal
OVER 70,000 Inland Revenue workers in the PCS civil servants' union were set to begin voting on Thursday of this week on whether or not to accept a team bonus scheme.
The group executive committee is recommending that workers accept the deal as the government has threatened to cancel workers' 2003 and 2004 pay rises if the scheme is rejected.
The Left Unity group and others inside the union are calling for a no vote. The scheme will set member against member and areas will have to compete with each other to obtain bonus payments.
Inland Revenue Worker
Acting against the Nazi menace
OVER 150 people demonstrated against the BNP Nazis last Saturday to kick them out of Southampton. The demonstration finished with a nine-hour concert. When the BNP decided to stand in the council elections we organised regular mass leafleting.
The BNP is now only standing five candidates as opposed to 12. We are also planning a picket of the vote count this Thursday.
Southampton Coalition Against Nazis
Opposing Bush's plan in Colombia
AROUND 60 people attended a day school organised by the Colombia Solidarity Campaign in London last weekend. Speakers included people from Colombian trade unions plus campaign members who had recently been in Colombia and neighbouring Venezuela.
The right wing Colombian government is pursuing a war to crush all resistance to its neo-liberal agenda. Thousands of activists are killed by right wing paramilitaries linked to the state. George Bush supports the Colombian government and military.
Speakers argued that this was linked to the interests of multinational corporations and wider strategic US aims such as undermining the regime of president Hugo Chavez in Colombia's neighbour Venezuela.