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Issue No. 2489

Stoppage on Financial Times

Financial Times newspaper

Financial Times newspaper (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Journalists at the Financial Times (FT) newspaper were set to strike for 24 hours on Thursday.

Bosses want to scrap the final salary pension scheme following a takeover of the FT by new owner Nikkei in July.

NUJ union members voted by 92 percent to strike in a ballot last November.

The union held off action for talks. But bosses made no adequate concessions.

Friends of the Earth conference backs action on climate change

Up to 1,000 people attended the People’s Climate Talks conference in central London last Saturday. It was organised by Friends of the Earth with the PCS union and This Changes Everything.

Sheila Menon, one of13 activists facing jail for a protest at Heathrow airport, made the case for direct action. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka called for unity between trade unionists and environmentalists.

A protest has been called in solidarity with the Heathrow 13 on Wednesday 24 February at 9am at Willesden Magistrates Court in north west London.

Protesters take on plans for fracking

Up to 100 people protested in Hanley, Staffordshire, last Sunday against plans for fracking in the county.

It was part of a nationwide day of action against fracking.

Nearby Cannock Chase Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) could be affected after MPs authorised fracking in AONBs and National Parks.

A protest is planned in Blackpool next Tuesday as Cuadrilla appeals against a decision not to let it frack.

Scottish leftists say leave the EU

Around 50 people attended a meeting in Glasgow last Saturday to launch the Scottish Left Leave coalition to campaign for Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) on a socialist basis.

It was addressed by Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins, Nigel Griffiths from Labour Leave, Phil McGarry from the RMT union and Lorna McKinnon on behalf of the Bfawu union.

There was agreement to oppose cuts, Fortress Europe and the TTIP trade deal.

Bob Fotheringham

Stand with Kurds against a new war

The first national march in Britain for Kurdish solidarity has been called for Sunday 6 March. The Turkish state’s assaults against Kurds have killed over 200 people.

Turkish president and Nato ally Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens a return to wars of the 1980s and 1990s which saw over 30,000 dead.

Assemble Sunday 6 March, 12 noon, BBC, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Cash splashed on academy transfers

The government spent over £3 million pushing 23 schools into academy status in the 13 months to October 2014, new figures reveal.

It took a 12-month fight to get the figures released. One transfer cost over £500,000.

Women-haters met by protests

Protests on Saturday were set to oppose gatherings of “neomasculinist” group Return of Kings.

It believes that women have become too powerful and that rape should be legal on private property. Its leader told supporters to film any “crazy feminist” protesters “so we can tear them up”.

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