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Gearing up for a fightback

Issue No. 1861

CAR WORKERS at Aston Martin plants have voted to strike against management's attempts to introduce 'flexible' working practices. The vote was nearly four to one for action in a turnout of almost 90 percent. The 200 workers are based on sites in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, and Bloxham near Banbury in Oxfordshire.


Tyneside workers launch pay action

AROUND 400 workers at the A&P Tyne shipyard have voted by 73 percent for strike action over pay. Most of the workers are in the GMB union. Those in the Amicus and Ucatt unions have also voted for action. The company announced last week it had won a contract worth £10 million to convert a Danish ferry into a hospital ship.


Campaign gets results on jobs

TWO REDUNDANCIES at Manchester's Mancat college were suspended on Wednesday of last week. The suspension will run to 31 October. A week before that date, the appeals panel will reconvene to see if the trade union education staff have full caseloads. If they do the redundancies will be lifted completely.

The victory is in large part due to the pressure put on the management by the letters of protest and the demonstration on Saturday 5 July.


A GROUP of parents in Mayhill, Swansea, threatened last week to break into a disused school to give their children somewhere to play this summer. They want to set up their own community centre. The parents say they will force their way into the building as a form of protest if the council cannot help them.

Cilla Morgan, who lives opposite the school, has five children aged eight to 16. 'There are no parks around here and with the summer holidays there's nowhere for our children to go. The old school is empty since pupils amalgamated with the junior school. There are about 30 rooms in there just going to waste.' Across Britain councils have cut back on summer play schemes. This means parents have to use up their holidays.


Protest meeting over health cuts

THERE WAS a 50-strong meeting on Thursday of last week to stop the closure of the Kate Marsden and Canning Crescent day hospitals in London for mental health patients. Kate Marsden is on the St Ann's Hospital site in South Tottenham while Canning Crescent is in Wood Green. Both are new hospitals.

The meeting was supported by Unison, Haringey trades council and the Socialist Alliance. A mixture of local trade unionists, NHS workers from the hospitals and patients from the hospitals spoke from the floor.


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Sat 26 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1861
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