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Issue No. 2456

Luxury hotel faces industrial action

Workers at a luxury hotel opposite parliament could launch the London hotel sector’s first strike for 15 years.

Migrant women room attendants employed by cleaning subcontractor WGC at the Park Plaza County Hall hotel are being made to clean 16 rooms a day instead of 13. 

They say the pressure to work faster is backed up by bullying and harassment.

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Protesters say ‘lock out’ privatisation

around 150 people joined a protest outside Manchester Royal Infirmary last Saturday.

It was organised by nursing students. Speakers included a Unison union activist from Stockport Mental Health branch who spoke about a recent successful consultative strike ballot for action over cuts.

Activists’ day to Reclaim the Power

Climate activists from Reclaim the Power held a day of direct action against the energy bosses across Britain on Monday of this week. 

They blocked the front and back entrances of the World Coal Association conference on carbon capture and storage at the Institute of Directors in London.

Protesters also blockaded the steps to the department of energy and climate change with signs saying Wind not Gas in a challenge to the government’s energy policy. Others occupied the offices of Media Zoo, the PR agents for fracking firm Ineos.

Odeon workers fight for jobs and pay

The Bectu union has launched a petition to stop bosses at Odeon cinemas sacking 100 workers.

Private Equity firm Terra Firma want to sack the workers as part of an attempt to sell the cinema chain.

The petition demands no compulsory redundancies and no reduction in pay and hours.

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Discussing the roots of racism

More than 60 people attended the Racism, Resistance and Revolution day school organised by the Socialist Workers Party in central London last Saturday. 

Different sessions looked at the roots of racism, privilege theory, Islamophobia and black nationalism, before people gathered for a final session on fighting racism today. Maz Saleem, who attended, said, “There was so much to discuss, we should have had a weekend.”

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Tue 2 Jun 2015, 15:45 BST
Issue No. 2456
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