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Victory for Mehmetis

Issue No. 1831

THE MEHMETI family have won the right to stay in Britain after a ten-month campaign to stop them being sent back to Kosovo. Thousands of people in Bristol backed the campaign - trade unionists, community groups, political groups and even the local Evening Post newspaper. The adjudicator in the case said that given 'the level of community ties and huge local support for them remaining, and given their particular difficulties, the balance is in favour of the family remaining in the UK'.
Jo Benefield

We're furious over pensions

AROUND 450 workers at exhaust makers Bosal UK are angry about attacks on their pensions and over pay. Workers at the Bamber Bridge plant near Preston are enraged that they have delivered everything management asked of them but have now been told the final salary pension scheme will be closed to new entrants.

Bosal workers, who are members of the TGWU union, struck successfully in 1990 and 1998. They are planning a mass meeting. 'We are always being told to chase profits and chase productivity. We do that and then get stuffed over pensions and pay. We are not standing for this,' says a Bosal worker.

Mobilising against Nazis

ANTI-NAZI campaigners in Halifax are mobilising against a threat by the British National Party to stand in a by-election on 23 January. Activists are planning to go round houses in the Mixenden ward this Sunday.

We have seen in this area how the government's attacks on asylum seekers have only encouraged the Nazis to scapegoat refugees. We are arguing with people not to fall for the Nazis' lies in the election next month.
Paul Sutcliffe

Our bodies not for sale!

MULTINATIONAL lapdancing company Spearmint Rhino has recently spent around £250,000 advertising the opening of its new club on the billboards of Sheffield. A brilliant campaign has seen many of these posters daubed with 'Global pimp: coming soon'.

A meeting of over 100 last week cheered calls for the club to be shut down because it is offensive to women. The club has a vile sexist advertising campaign that portrays women in purely sexual terms. A protest last Saturday took place on the night the club was supposed to open. It was supported by South Yorkshire FBU among others, and saw socialists, anti-capitalists, trade unionists and feminists come together.

We chanted slogans such as 'Our world not for sale, our bodies not for sale', and the club did not open as planned on the night.
Angela Shann

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Sat 21 Dec 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1831
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