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Issue No. 2432

Construction workers

Construction workers (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Construction workers in the Unite and Ucatt unions lobbied parliament over the umbrella companies tax scam last week.

Workers want new package from boss

More than 100 workers were set to strike on Tuesday and Thursday of this week at food packaging firm Sharpak in Bristol. 

Bosses have told workers to sign up to three extra hours a week or be sacked. The current 37-hour week had previously been negotiated as part of a pay cut.

The workers are members of the Unite union.

Protest calls to shut down Big Six

Hundreds of people protested at the Institute of Directors and Energy UK against fuel poverty. They chanted the names of energy firms and “shut it down”.  

There were 18,200 excess winter deaths last year, many due to fuel poverty. Lots of  pensioners cannot afford to heat their homes and eat. 

The big six companies are making a fortune and the government are doing nothing. We want energy to be a public resource.

Mary Phillips

Nazi Golden Dawn supporters opposed

Around 60 Greek and British anti-fascists outnumbered a motley crew of assorted Nazis outside the Greek Embassy in west London last Saturday. 

The Nazis had turned up to support the fascists of Golden Dawn—including all 17 of its MPs—now in jail and facing an array of criminal charges in Greece. 

These jailed thugs are clearly guilty of murder, weapons offences and violent attacks on immigrants. They should be sent down for as long as possible. 

Alan Gibson

Palestine BDS action hits Barclays

Protests targeting Barclays Bank took place in 12 cities last Saturday.

The protests were part of a day of action targeting the bank for its holdings in Israeli arms company Elbit.

In London and Birmingham sit-ins were held, while other areas held protests and leafleting sessions outside.

Cardiff students’ union holds debate

Cardiff University Students’ Union annual general meeting (AGM) last week accepted two Palestine solidarity motions. It voted to recognise Palestine as a state and twin with the Islamic University of Gaza.

However, the AGM voted against a motion that would have made Cardiff a pro-choice students’ union. Abortion Rights campaigners now are planning action to build support on campus.

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Tue 2 Dec 2014, 15:38 GMT
Issue No. 2432
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