Solidarity protest with Palestinians
Around 100 joined a lively protest outside Downing Street in solidarity with Palestinians last Saturday.
The protest was called as Israeli forces have blocked Palestinians from accessing the symbolic Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.
Amira was one of the protesters. She told Socialist Worker, “We need to keep protesting about Palestine so people don’t forget.”
Debates at Left Unity conference
Up to 500 delegates attended the conference of the Left Unity party last weekend. The two-day event saw the group pass a raft of polices as it plans to run up to 12 candidates in next year’s general election.
It agreed to have closer cooperation with other groups including the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which the Socialist Workers Party is a part of.
Hull march against NHS privatisation
Some 200 people marched through Hull city centre last Saturday to oppose the privatisation of the NHS and the TTIP trade treaty.
Speakers called on Labour to oppose TTIP and reverse the Health and Social Care Act. Protesters were also angry that none of Hull’s three Labour MPs were there. The main hospital in Hull closed last weekend.
Ballot set to begin at Anglian Water
The GMB union is set to ballot its members working for Anglian Water, based in south east England, for strikes.
Water bosses imposed a pay freeze last year and only offered workers a 2.5 percent increase this year.
This was overwhelmingly rejected in a consultative ballot, but bosses imposed it.
The Unite union is also set to ballot its members.
Protest against cuts in Trafford
Some 80 anti-cuts campaigners and trade unionists demonstrated outside Trafford Town Hall on Wednesday of last week.
They were opposing the Tory-led council’s plans to cut £24 million next year.
Vital services to be cut include adult social care, youth clubs, crossing patrols and children’s services.
Rhiannon Curse joined the protest. She said, “People without their own transport will struggle to access services.
Meanwhile the council leader has given himself a 30 percent rise.”