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Issue No. 2393

Packed meeting for referendum debate

More than 350 people crammed into a meeting in Irvine, Scotland, to take part in an Scottish Independence Referendum debate last week.

The floor booed and heckled in disgust at the arguments of “No” speakers Brian Donohue and Richard Leonard.

Tommy Sheridan and Fiona MacDonald got a standing ovation after arguing why Scotland should break from Britain.

Gary Maclachlan

Bosses plan to slice cake workers’ jobs

Unite union members are in dispute with McVitie’s Cake Company at a cake and cake bar factory in Halifax.

Bosses want to radically change shift patterns, which could mean a £3,000 hit to wages and ten job losses. They blame pressure to cut costs from major customer Mars. 

Unite is consulting its members about the next steps.

Over 150 meet to discuss Marxism

More than 150 people gathered for the Socialist Workers Party’s Rough Guide to Marxism dayschool for new members and students in central London.

Sarah Bates from Edinburgh said, “People were really thinking about what to say and all the discussion had a constructive tone. 

“It’s really good to get younger members from around the country together.”

Courses covered topics from Marxism and oppression through to exploitation and the dialectic.

Manjeet Kaur must stay in Britain

Manjeet Kaur’s appeal against deportation has been put back from 6 March to 2 April. Her campaign has moved the demo for her to stay to 9.30am on the new date. 

Lobby the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Offices, Piccadilly Exchange, Piccadilly Plaza (entrance on Mosley St), Manchester M1 4AH. Visit for more information.

E15 mothers occupy housing offices

A group of young mothers occupied the East Thames Housing Association building and Newham council’s housing offices on Friday of last week.

The women are fighting for decent social housing. They are housed in a hostel called Focus E15 but are officially classed as homeless.

The women have been fighting for decent homes for some six months.

Hellesden Psychiatric Hospital protest

The Campaign to save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk held a protest against bed closures at Hellesdon Psychiatric Hospital last Saturday.

Support from the public was vociferous. We would like to contact other mental health campaigns across Britain.

Our email address is

Anna Freud

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Tue 4 Mar 2014, 18:55 GMT
Issue No. 2393
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