AMICUS MEMBERS at the Fujitsu Services site at West Gorton, Manchester, voted by two to one in an indicative ballot for action up to and including striking in support of their pay claim.
Meanwhile the company has launched an attack on union recognition. West Gorton is the only Fujitsu Services site where Amicus is recognised, but membership has been growing throughout the company in recent years.
The left get organised
AT A packed meeting in Preston last weekend the left in the Amicus union selected their candidates to contest the upcoming national executive committee elections.
Following Derek Simpson's victory in the general secretary's election last year, the left has agreed candidates to contest all 48 seats on the executive. The candidates come from a wide range of political backgrounds, and are uniting to emphasise rank and file democracy and an end to sweetheart deals.
Campaign grows against SATs
OLDHAM MEMBERS of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) started our campaign to get rid of the hated SATs tests. We leafleted in the town centre on Saturday.
The local press came down and despite the terrible weather we got strong support from parents and pupils, with over 120 signing our petitions.
Mac Andrassy, NUT committee (personal capacity)
Press lies fail to stop meeting
GEORGE GALLOWAY addressed around 170 people at a Stop the War Coalition meeting in Oxford on Friday 16 May. The turnout was especially impressive, as both the local Oxford paper and the student union paper claimed the meeting was cancelled.
Christine Shawcroft from Labour's National Executive Committee also addressed the meeting.
Talking about an occupation
ABOUT 100 people packed out a meeting room at King's College in Cambridge last Tuesday for a Stop the War Coalition meeting. Speaker Hani Lasin, of the Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation, told the meeting, 'The Iraqis need people like you to end the occupation and restore order.'
John Rose, author of Israel: The Hijack State, spoke passionately about the plight of the Palestinians. A lively debate followed.
'Off your trolley' protest
SCOTTISH ANTI-WAR activists persuaded shoppers to dump Israeli goods in support of the Palestinian cause at a protest in Inverness last Saturday. The Coalition for Justice not War handed out information leaflets outside the main shopping centre telling people which goods to boycott in the 'Off your trolley' protest.