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Reports round-up: Anti-fascists humiliate Nazi EDL in Nottingham

Issue No. 2516

Counter-protest in Nottingham

Counter-protest in Nottingham (Pic: Nottingham Unite Against Fascism)


Around 400 anti-fascists outnumbered an English Defence League (EDL) protest in Nottingham last Saturday.

The racist EDL mustered around 100 and were only able to march due to police protection.

The counter-protest was called by Unite Against Fascism and joined by trade unionists from the NUT, CWU, RMT, PCS, Unison and Notts trades council.

Unite Against Fascism has called a protest against the Sunderland Defence League and North East Infidels for this Saturday.

It assembles at 1pm, The Murray Library, Chester Rd, Sunderland SR1 3SD.


Unions slam payouts for post office bosses

Postal workers’ unions have slammed revelations that top Post Office bosses have paid themselves hundreds of thousands of pounds while ordinary workers face job losses.

Post Office accounts show that chief executive Paula Vennells was paid more than £600,000 last year. Chief financial officer Al Cameron got £500,000.

The news comes as Post Office workers in the CWU union are balloting for strikes over Tory plans to privatise or close post offices across Britain.

The plans could see some 2,000 workers lose their jobs. The ballot is set to close next Friday.

The Unite union, which organises Post Office managers, is also preparing to ballot.


Walkouts can win at London Met

An indicative ballot for strikes at London Metropolitan University ended as Socialist Worker went to press.

The ballot for action is against bosses’ plans to impose 395 redundancies.

It also asks if workers would call on the union to begin a boycott—greylisting—of the university.

Bosses have imposed compulsory redundancy on two leading UCU union reps, Mark Campbell and David Hardman.

Many workers fear the university is being prepared for privatisation—and that bosses want to weaken the union to push it through.

The union should begin an official strike ballot. Trade unionists everywhere should back any action the workers take.

Sadie Robinson


Pride march in Leeds

Pride march in Leeds (Pic: Neil Terry)


Pride marches in Brighton and Leeds

Thousands of LGBT+ people and their supporters joined Pride marches in Leeds and in Brighton last Saturday.

In Leeds activists from Stand Up to Racism and LGBT+ Against Islamophobia joined a lively bloc alongside trade unionists and other campaigners.


Sussex hospital drivers vote to strike for liabilities

Health workers in Sussex have voted overwhelmingly for strikes in a consultative ballot over unpaid back pay.

The GMB union members voted by 92 percent on a 63.5 percent turnout.

Subcontractor Coperforma has run health passenger transport services in Sussex since 1 April.

When the previous contractor went bust, outsourcer Docklands Medical Services and its subcontractor Coperforma promised to honour all outstanding liabilities.

Despite this, workers have not been paid some £45,000 in overtime and unsocial hours pay.


Nationwide gets shifty in Swindon

The GMB union is balloting cleaners and security staff for strikes at the Nationwide building society headquarters in Swindon.

They are fighting against outsourcer Carillion’s plans to slash their working hours and make them work at more unsocial times.

The cuts had been planned to go ahead earlier in the year but were cancelled following protests outside Nationwide headquarters.

The cleaners currently work early shifts, but bosses’ plans would see many work between 5pm and 10pm on weekdays. Some would also have to work full day shifts at the weekend.


Cleaners' fight is over at 100 Wood Street

The long-running dispute by cleaners at the 100 Wood Street corporate offices in the City of London ended last week.

The United Voices of the World (UVW) union members were fighting for the London Living Wage and against sackings.

Petros Elia, UVW general secretary, told Socialist Worker, “These were migrant workers and had never been in a union before and had never been on strike before.“But the cleaners’ dogged determination saw this campaign through to the end.”


French state plans attack on ‘jungle’

French authorities could soon close all the shops and restaurants run by refugees in the “jungle” shantytown in Calais. A court was set to rule on Wednesday on whether to give them the go-ahead.

A petition has been set up to save the Kid’s Cafe, a not-for-profit centre that gives free meals and language classes to children.

To sign go to chn.ge/2aD8HtB

Protest in Brixton against arch-enemy council

Around 100 people joined a protest against the forced redevelopment of the Brixton arches in south London on Tuesday of last week.

Lambeth’s Labour-run council and Network Rail’s plans would hike rents up by 300 percent and evict local businesses. The evictions are due to take place in the next two weeks, but campaigners are keeping up the fight.

Tim O’Dell


Magistrates find against reverend’s tax protest

Protesters rallied outside Tottenham Magistrates Court to support retired reverend Paul Nicolson on Thursday of last week.

He refuses to pay his council tax in opposition to Haringey Council’s action against benefit claimants with council tax arrears.

The court issued an order against Nicolson.

Paul Burnham


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