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Issue No. 2477

Financial Times strike index to rise  

NUJ union members at the Financial Times (FT) newspaper have voted unanimously to ballot for industrial action.

New owner Nikkei wants to scrap workers’ final salary pensions as part of plans to “save” £4 million.

The decision to ballot follows a meeting of all staff at the FT, which voted to support any workers taking action.

Nick Clark 

Activists rally against developers

Around 40 protesters rallied outside the Mipim property development fair in west London on Wednesday of last week.

The fair is a chance for public officials, housing association landlords and private officials to cut deals.

Paul Burnham from Haringey Defend Council Housing told Socialist Worker, “The fact that there was a session called ‘from social housing to super-prime’ exposes these social cleansers for what they are.”

Right to appeal ‘lawful’ killing

The family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by police in 2011, have won the right to appeal over a finding that he was lawfully killed.

The family is challenging a High Court ruling that they could not apply for judicial review.

Lively lobby to stop library closures 

Around 30 people protested outside Huddersfield town hall on Thursday of last week against Kirklees Council’s plans to slash library services.

Council bosses want to shut two libraries and the mobile service. 

They also plan to reduce opening hours by 40 percent and replace staff with volunteers. 

Muslims condemn South Yorks Police

A packed meeting held on Sunday of last week in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, unanimously agreed that the town’s Muslim community would withdraw all cooperation with South Yorkshire Police.

The meeting was called by Rotherham Muslim Youth and local Muslim people.

Police have arrested a number of anti-fascists who protested against Britain First in September. 

Defend the Right to Protest conference

Defend the Right to Protest will hold a national conference in central London on Sunday 15 November. 

It will discuss the fight to defend civil liberties, undercover policing and migrant solidarity. 

Speakers include former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg, Janet Alder, sister of Christopher Alder and lawyer Gareth Peirce.

11am, Sun 15 November, Soas, London WC1H 0XG. Book online at

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Tue 27 Oct 2015, 16:16 GMT
Issue No. 2477
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