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Issue No. 2447

Palace staff say— ‘pay up or we strike’

The royal family faces a strike by low paid workers in Windsor Castle as a ballot begins over allowances. 

The PCS union said it would be the first walkout specific to the royal households. It comes after years of being paid below the living wage. 

New recruits start on as little as £14,400 a year. The ballot closes on 14 April.

Fighting the Tories’ attacks on abortion

Around 50 activists joined the debate at an Abortion Rights public meeting and AGM last Saturday in London. 

It came in the wake of a number of attempts to curtail women’s rights under the Tory government. 

Dr Jayne Kavanagh talked about new pressures doctors face to question women about their reasons for wanting an abortion. 

The meeting agreed to raise the profile of the greater hurdles women face to access abortions. 

Debating aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

The Muslim Institute held a conference in London last Saturday to debate the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

The one-day event was called to discuss “whether Muslim communities in Britain face a difficult future”.

Some argued more had to be done to tackle “extremism”. But most refused to blame Muslims for terrorism, and agreed that the main task is to fight Islamophobia and racism.

All out to oppose Pegida racists

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has called a counter-protest against a planned demonstration by Islamophobic group Pegida in London this Saturday.

Despite recent flops for the racists people should not be complacent. 

Joint secretary of UAF Weyman Bennett said, “UAF is asking all anti-racists and anti-fascists to attend our protest to ensure Pegida do not get a foothold in London.”

Sat 4 April, assemble 4pm, opposite Downing St, Westminster, London SW1

Milk delivery strike plans go sour

a planned three-day strike by milk delivery drivers in the north of England set for Wednesday of this week has been called off.

The strike was to involve members of both the Unite and GMB unions.

A GMB regional officer said that the union and bosses had reached “an amicable conclusion”.

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Tue 31 Mar 2015, 15:59 BST
Issue No. 2447
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