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Issue No. 2425

Severfield strikers

Severfield strikers (Pic: Derek Coleman)

Over 100 GMB union members at Severfield Steel in Lostock, Bolton, struck for two days last week.

Bosses want to water down conditions.

Freedom Riders hold consultation

Over 30 Freedom Ride campaigners organised their own public consultation on transport last week.

This was in response to the South Yorkshire Transport Executive’s consultation.

The freedom riders are fighting for the reinstatement of free train travel for older people in South Yorkshire.

Packed meeting for People’s Question Time

Some 1,000 people went to hear Russell Brand, PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka and others speak in east London last week.

The People’s Question Time event was called by the People’s Assembly.

Focus E15 mum Jasmin Stone also spoke against housing policies and received a standing ovation.

Library walkouts in Greenwich 

Library assistants in Greenwich, south east London, struck on Tuesday of this week over staff cuts, service reductions and attacks on pay.

The workers are members of the Unite union. The strike was set to be followed by a work to rule from Wednesday of this week.

‘Global Frackdown’ targets HSBC

Hundreds of activists protested outside HSBC branches in central London against the bank’s support of the fracking industry.

The protests were called by Reclaim the Power and Frack Off London as part of an international “Global Frackdown”. Protesters shut down two branches of HSBC.

Welsh miners mark gala film screening   

Some 200 ex-miners, families and supporters in South Wales staged a march to a cinema to see the Welsh premiere of the film Still the Enemy Within last week.

The film was introduced by the filmmakers, the local president of the NUM union and Mike Jackson of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

Occupy parliament for fairer society    

Activists were set to occupy Parliament Square from Friday of this week. 

Occupy Democracy plans to set up camp for nine days to demand a fairer society.

Cardiff marchers say ‘no more war’

Around 50 people joined the Cardiff Stop the War protest in South Wales last Saturday. More action is planned.

Jeff Hurford


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Tue 14 Oct 2014, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2425
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