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Issue No. 2483

Fascists did not pass in Nottingham

The fascist Notts Casual Infidels tried to march in Nottingham last Saturday.

Their intention was to hold a demonstration in Market Square “against immigration”.But up to 80 people came out to oppose them.

The fascists only managed to bring 30 people—a number that quickly depleted. And they were unable to reach Market Square.

Julie Webster

Will the left Rise to the challege?

Around 200 people attended the radical left Rise project’s national conference in Glasgow last Saturday.

The conference decided that Rise would be an electoral alliance, rather than a party.

There was general unanimity on a series of radical policies, including an emergency motion opposing Britain bombing Syria.

Donny Gluckstein

Victory for arrested Palestine activists

The “Elbit 19” Palestine solidarity activists arrested on a protest earlier this year were celebrating as all charges against them were dropped.

The 19 activists heard the news on Thursday of last week.

They were due in court that day to face charges of breaching an injunction.

Charges of assaulting a police officer against two of the activists were also dropped.

Mirfat Suleiman, who was among those arrested, told Socialist Worker it was a “great victory”, adding that she was relieved that the charges were dropped.

The activists were arrested on a protest outside Israeli arms factory Elbit in Shenstone last June.

They had been charged with breaching an injunction that prevented protesters from coming within 250 metres of the factory.

The protesters were not aware that the injunction was in place.

And Mirfat says that police on the day had “welcomed” protesters into the restricted area.

The boundaries set out by the injunction were revised to include just the factory gates and premises after an appeal in court in July. And in October a high court judge quashed the injunction entirely.

The victory is a vindication for Palestine solidarity protesters. Mirfat has vowed to continue the campaign against Elbit.

She said, “We’ve got to keep campaigning against Elbit. This isn’t going to be the end, that’s for sure.”

Wardens’ strikes are just the ticket

Traffic wardens in Brighton and Hove struck on Saturday and Sunday of last week.

The GMB union members are demanding a 4 percent pay rise.

Outsourcer NSL is refusing workers more than 1 percent.

Wardens are currently paid £7.82 per hour—just over £15,300 annually.

GMB says it will call further strikes.

Traffic wardens in Enfield, north London, were also set to strike on Friday of this week.

The GMB members are also fighting NSL bosses for a £9.40 living wage.

Offshore workers accept bosses' deal 

North Sea offshore workers in the Caterers Offshore Trade Association (Cota) voted by 63 percent to accept a new deal from bosses last week.

The RMT/OilC and Unite union members had balloted for industrial action when Cota bosses reneged on a pay deal.

The new deal, recommended by the unions, clawed back some protections.

DLR workers ecalate action

Hundreds of workers on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are set for a series of escalating walkouts.

Their RMT union said DLR operators Keolis Amey is “wrecking industrial relations”.

Two 24-hour strikes are set for 11 and 13 January. These will be followed by 48-hour strikes in February and March, and two four-day strikes in March.

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Tue 8 Dec 2015, 17:19 GMT
Issue No. 2483
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