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Issue No. 2472

Arrested activists need your cash  

Palestine solidarity activists arrested on a protest outside an Israeli arms factory in June are appealing for donations. The 19 activists were arrested outside the UAV Engines factory in Staffordshire, owned by Elbit.

All 19 have been charged with breaching an injunction restricting protests outside the factory and have pleaded, or are expected to plead, not guilty. Their next hearing is set to take place at Stafford Crown Court on 27 November.


Strikes are the best insurance policy  

Workers at insurance firm Legal & General’s headquarters in Kingswood, Surrey, have voted to strike against closure plans that threaten 1,700 votes.

The Unite union members backed strikes by 63 percent in a consultative ballot on a turnout of 68 percent. 

A strike ballot could follow.


Workers build fightback at Sita  

Construction workers and their supporters were set to hold another protest against Sita UK bosses at the ICI Wilton site near Redcar this Wednesday. 

Workers are demanding that Sita bosses pay them nationally agreed pay rates and have raised health and safety concerns.


Nazis outnumbered in Wigan protests

Some 200 anti-fascists outnumbered a protest by 50 members of the National Front in Wigan last weekend. 

Activists from refugee rights groups and trade unions joined the anti-fascist mobilisation. Police facilitated the fascists’ march through the town.


Cardiff bus strikes are suspended 

The Unite union suspended three bus strikes in Cardiff planned for Friday and Saturday of last week and Wednesday of this week.

The workers previously struck against a 3 percent pay offer on 29 August and 1 September. They will now be consulted on a new pay offer—but the 1 October strike remains in place.


Labour wins local council by-election

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate Paul Burnham got 38 votes in a council by-election in the Noel Park ward of Haringey, north London, last week.

Labour won 60 percent with a well-resourced campaign, promising to build council homes as the Labour council gets rid of them.


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Tue 22 Sep 2015, 15:00 BST
Issue No. 2472
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