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Issue No. 2452

Protest held over detainee death 

Protesters gathered outside Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre near Bedford last Saturday to demand justice for Pinakin Patel. He and his wife Bhavisha were detained after arriving from India for a holiday. 

Pinakin died of a cardiac arrest in the family unit last month. Bhavisha was released the following week after a hunger strike by other detainees. 

The protest was organised by the Movement for Justice. 

Tour guides pay dispute at Globe

Tour guides and exhibition workers at the Globe Theatre in London are gearing up for a strike over pay.

The workers are fighting for rates of pay in line with other London venues. Bosses at the Globe are offering £11.72 an hour, which is out of line with pay at similar venues.

Strike dates had not been announced when Socialist Worker went to press.

Birmingham protest for abortion rights

The Abortion Rights campaign has called a protest in Birmingham against the 

anti-choice group March for Life on Saturday 16 May. 

A coach will leave London from outside Birkbeck University, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX at 9.30am.

Abortion Rights will hold a rally in Chamberlain Square in Birmingham at 2pm. Tickets are £8 or £5 concession.

ITV pay strike ballot set to close

A strike ballot at broadcaster ITV was set to end on Wednesday of this week.

Workers in the Bectu, NUJ and Unite unions are being balloted after overwhelmingly rejecting a below-inflation pay deal.

Baltimore solidarity in south London

Protesters marched through south London last Sunday on the Baltimore to Brixton protest. It was in solidarity with the protests in Baltimore over the death of young black man Freddie Gray.

Chants rang out of “Same story every time, being black is not a crime”. The protest was called by London Black Revs.

Royal Opera staff to ballot for pay strike 

Theatre workers at the Royal Opera house are set to ballot for strikes over pay.

The workers, in the Bectu union, demand a 4 percent pay increase over 12 months. 


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Tue 5 May 2015, 15:55 BST
Issue No. 2452
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