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Issue No. 2495

Blacklist protest skanska

Blacklist protest at Skanska headquarters (Pic: Blacklist Support Group)

Skanska occupied

Blacklist Support Group members occupied construction giant Skanska’s London headquarters on Monday demanding proper compensation for blacklisted workers. Skanksa is a defendant in the blacklisting High Court trial starting in May.

A striking service on Piccadilly Line

RMT union members working on the London Underground’s Piccadilly line are set to strike on 23 March and 19 and 21 April.

The union said the dispute is over “abuse of the disciplinary process and the breaches of our agreements”.

Meanwhile two strikes by RMT members working on ISS contracts on Virgin east coast and London Midland were suspended last week for talks and an improved offer respectively.

ENO you don’t, says chorus to bosses

Members of the English National Opera’s (ENO) chorus in London were set to strike on this Friday.

The Equity union members are fighting bosses’ plans to slash choristers’ pay and reduce the size of the chorus from 44 to 40.

Nazis not welcome in South Wales

Anti-fascists are preparing to counter a planned “White Pride” march in Swansea on Saturday 26 March.

Swansea and South West Wales Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has organised an anti-racist event in Castle Square from noon.

Go to Facebook event Stop the Nazi NF White Pride March in Swansea

TUC women back junior doctors

Delegates gathered for the TUC women’s conference in London last week

Two striking junior doctors addressed the conference last Thursday. The mood was overwhelmingly to support the junior doctors. There was also support for refugees. Saira Weiner, a UCU lecturers’ union delegate, said, “The refugee crisis is not a humanitarian disaster—it is a disgrace. As trade unionists we have to act in full solidarity with refugees.”

Activists step up fight for right to choose

Abortion Rights held a 50-strong public meeting before its AGM in London last Saturday.

PCS union national executive member Marianne Owens spoke of how activists have organised to stop anti-abortion pickets in Cardiff.

Activist Goretti Horgan told of the struggle in Northern Ireland, where women do not have access to legal abortions.

Activists committed to step up the fight for women to have full access to legal abortion wherever they live and to oppose cuts in sexual health services.

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Dayschool debates Arab Spring 

The Middle East Solidarity magazine held a dayschool in central London last Saturday to debate and discuss the Arab revolutions five years after they began.

At a session on Syria, people debated resistance to dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime and opposing Western intervention.

Omar Barghouti, a founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israeli institutions spoke via Skype.

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Miners' memorial meetings backs Corbyn 

Around 150 people filled the NUM union’s head office in Barnsley last Saturday for the David Jones and Joe Green memorial lecture.

Pickets David and Joe were killed during the 1984-5 Miners’ Strike.

Aslef union president Tosh McDonald used his speech to support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Tue 15 Mar 2016, 16:26 GMT
Issue No. 2495
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