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Issue No. 1686

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WORKERS ON both Scottish TV and Grampian TV have voted to ballot on strikes against job and pay cuts. The call for a strike ballot came at a 200-strong meeting of members of the NUJ journalists' and BECTU technical workers' unions in Glasgow last Friday.

AROUND 30 people attended a meeting called by Merseyside TUC and the civil servants' PCS union last Wednesday in Liverpool. The meeting was called to protest against the establishment of an Employment Zone in Liverpool from April. The zone is one of 15 to be set up nationally in unemployment blackspots. All will be run by private companies.

LECTURERS IN the new Scottish universities, members of the EIS-ULA union, have voted 73 percent in favour of strike action against the employers' imposition of a new, worse contract on new starters. The action begins next Tuesday with two days strike action every week.

STAFF, STUDENTS and the local Basildon community have united in a campaign to fight a massive attack on the educational chances of ordinary people. Basildon College plans to cut a third of staff. A Save Basildon College Campaign planned a joint demonstration on Saturday and lecturers are balloting on strikes.

  • Demonstrate, Saturday 4 March, 11am, assemble Basildon College.

PROTESTERS demanding an end to the anti-gay Section 28 (known as Clause 2A in Scotland) disrupted a meeting last week at Dundee University organised to campaign to keep the clause. In Perth campaigners staged a protest outside the bus station against Brian Souter, the boss of Stagecoach, who is among those bankrolling the campaign to keep Clause 2A in Scotland.

AROUND 150 students joined a rally at Sussex University last week in defence of seven students who face disciplinary action for protesting when Cherie Blair visited the college last year.

THE TURKISH government is clamping down on Kurdish political organisation even though the Kurdish PKK guerilla movement has announced it is ending its military struggle. Judges sent 18 people to prison last week and laid charges against three Kurdish mayors. The Kurdistan Information Centre in Britain is calling for people to send protests to Turkey. Send protests c/o Kurdistan Information Centre, phone 020 7586 5892.

AN ANGRY 50-strong meeting took place in Burnley last week over plans by the One-2-One company to build a mobile phone transmitter mast near playing fields.

OVER 50 people attended a People and Protest public meeting in York on Wednesday of last week.

AROUND 20 people pro tested outside the Russian embassy in London on Wednesday of last week. They were demanding an end to Russia's barbaric war in Chechnya.

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Sat 4 Mar 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1686
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