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Campbell in hot soup over war

Issue No. 1860

PROTESTERS from Camden Stop the War Coalition staged a picket outside Alastair Campbell's Camden house last week. It was in response to the publication of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee report, which cleared Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell of any involvement in 'sexing up' the evidence to justify war in Iraq.

Protesters held bloodstained copies of the report and placards saying 'Sex, Lies, Spin station Death and Occupation'.
Simon Underwood

Fujitsu workers vote over action

AMICUS MEMBERS employed by IT multinational Fujitsu Services at West Gorton in Manchester are part way through a strike ballot. They were campaigning for a pay claim when the company launched an attack on their union recognition and redundancy agreements.

The strike ballot closes on 29 July. The union was set to hold a protest rally outside the plant on Thursday of this week.

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    We won't trail behind on pay

    MORE THAN 200 workers, members of the GMB union, have voted to strike in the Bala area of Wales in a dispute over pay. They work for Ifor Williams trailers company, one of the biggest employers in the area. The sites are based in Bala, Cynwyd and Corwen where the workers plan to hold picket lines.

    The one-day strike was due to go ahead on Friday of this week. The workers are also starting an overtime ban. Further strikes are planned for August.

    Strike vote for sacked worker

    POSTAL WORKERS in Coventry are set to ballot for strike action after a van driver was sacked. They are angry that John McKenzie, a postal worker for 16 years, was dismissed after having his van stolen. He had left the keys inside.

    Mick Kavanagh, the CWU union branch chair, said, 'He had lost concentration due to extenuating circumstances - his wife has cancer and he suffered the death of a cousin the night before the incident - and he accidentally left his keys in.' The workers are demanding that John is reinstated. He was based at Coventry's Bishop Street sorting office. The result of the ballot is due in August.

    We face cuts for their crisis

    LECTURERS AT the City Lit college in London lobbied the board of governors on Tuesday of this week against planned cuts. There is a financial crisis at the college.

    Part of it is down to a PPP deal the college pushed to get a developer to build a new site in Covent Garden. The developer pulled out after the college spent loads of money on the project. The management's 'restructuring' plan to save money includes cuts in key departments like basic skills.
    Dave Welsh, Natfhe branch chair

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    Sat 19 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1860
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