PRESSURE FROM local campaigners in Lewisham, South London, has won Tham Sarki, an asylum seeker from wartorn Nepal, a temporary reprieve from deportation. Over 750 letters were written to David Blunkett in support of the Lewisham College student.
Tham has been granted a judicial review set for Thursday of next week. If Tham wins, the process of his application for asylum will begin again, and he will not be immediately deported to Nepal. Thousands of people are being killed in a bitter civil war there that has raged for seven years.
Tham was part of the resistance movement which confronted the Nepalese government.
Striking case of give and take
OVER 100 workers at a hydraulic pipe facatory on Tyneside walked out on strike on Monday and Tuesday. The workers, members of the GMB union, work at the DUCO plant in Walker, Newcastle, and are taking action over a pay claim. Management offered a 3 percent pay rise, which worked out at around £10 a week for most workers.
But the offer was tied to a reduction in overtime pay rates which would cost most workers around £20 a week. No wonder the workers wanted to strike!
Oppose Blair's bloody meeting
TONY BLAIR is convening a meeting in London next Thursday, 10 July, to raise support for the Colombian government. European Union states, the US, World Bank and IMF will all be at next week's meeting aimed at supporting the Colombian regime of çlvaro Uribe Velez, which presides over the worst human rights abuses in the Western hemisphere. Campaigners have called a protest in solidarity with the Colombian people.
Picket from 2pm with rally, 6pm-8pm, Thursday 10 July, both in Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, London SW1.
For more details e-mail [email protected] or phone 07743 743 041.
Marching for our post office
People in Cardiff are angry at the Post Office's plans to sell off its Albany Road, Cardiff, branches making 22 workers redundant. Albany Road School in Roath was packed with 130 people Monday of last week, when residents took the chance to tell the consultation team what they thought.
The following Saturday 300 people on marched through busy Roath to the post office, where Jon Owen Jones, Labour MP for Cardiff Central and Denis Humphries, CWU postal workers' union rep for counter staff, spoke at a rally.