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Issue No. 2434

Romford pickets

Romford pickets (Pic: Alan Kenny)


Electricians picket T Clarke in Romford

Electricians in Romford, east London, picketed a site on Monday of this week after being thrown off a job due to run until March by the T Clarke firm.

The picket was lifted after bosses threatened to sack other workers who refused to cross it.


Anti-abortion bigots confronted in south London

Pro-choice campaigners have confronted anti-abortion bigots outside an NHS health centre in Southwark, south London.

The GP clinic hosts a British Pregnancy Advice Services clinic which offers abortion advice and services.

The bigots try and film women entering and hold up large photos of embryos.


London students protest at Mayor's Question Time

Students in London were set to protest outside Tory Boris Johnson’s Mayor’s Question Time on Wednesday of this week.

They are targeting Johnson over plans to cut education and youth services.

The protest was called by the Student Assembly Against Austerity and others.


Hundreds protest against fracking in Ellesmere Port

Up to 200 people gathered on an industrial estate between the Manchester Ship Canal and the River Mersey last Sunday to protest against fracking at Ellesmere Port.

IGas began exploratory drilling to look for shale gas in November.


Christmas party for Freedom Riders

Over 60 Freedom Riders lobbied a transport committee meeting on Monday of this week in Barnsley.

They were demanding that free train travel be reinstated for older people.

The mood was very lively and everyone marched through Barnsley to a celebratory Christmas party at the end.

George Arthur


Marks and Spencer ballot is off after workers reinstated

The GMB union has suspended an indicative strike ballot at a Marks and Spencer distribution centre in Swindon. 

Two workers were sacked after allegedly being subject to racist abuse by a manager, but both have been reinstated.


UCU retreats from a fight over FE pay

A special UCU union conference has voted to call off a dispute over pay in further education.

Delegates met in Manchester last Saturday while a strike ballot was ongoing.

They voted by 40 to 34 to call off the ballot.

UCU Left activists argued that the union should honour a conference decision to ballot.


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Tue 16 Dec 2014, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2434
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