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Issue No. 2523

March for women’s hospital

Health campaigners point out Tory hypocrisy

Health campaigners point out Tory hypocrisy


Around 2,000 people marched in Liverpool against the closure of Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday.

NHS bosses launched a review of women’s and maternity services that could lead to the hospital’s closure.

An internal report said that the hospital was “financially unviable” because it ran a £7.3m deficit in 2015-16.

Liverpool Women’s Hospital is one of only two women’s hospitals in Britain.

Protesters gathered outside the hospital in the Toxteth area and marched to the Labour Party conference on the waterfront.

Liverpool city centre came to a halt as the march passed through it.

More than 40,000 people have signed a petition against the hospital’s closure.

The rally was addressed by Labour’s shadow health secretary Diane Abbott, Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice campaign and radical filmmaker Ken Loach, among others.

Butterfields gets a boost

Campaigning has pushed an estate agent to take down from its website a property on the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow, north London.

It’s a boost to residents fighting evictions.

Chair of the Tenants and Residents Association Shahzeb Iqbal called it “very good news.”

Landlord Butterfields E17 Ltd has issued possession summonses. Tenants have asked for donations towards their legal fees.

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Bailiffs are halted in Bristol

Neighbours and activists stopped an eviction in the Easton area of Bristol on Tuesday of last week.

Nimo Abdullahi’s landlord tried to evict her and her family after she complained about mould.

Nimo said damp was affecting her asthmatic children.

Some 30 people stood in the way of bailiffs, turning them away.


Orgreave summit to demand justice

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign is holding a conference in Sheffield on Saturday. It will be a chance for activists from a range of justice campaigns to share ideas on resisting the state and organising.

Registration from 9am, conference from 10am-4pm. Saturday 1 October, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St, Sheffield S1 2EW. To register go to orgreavejustice@hotmail.com and OTJC.org.uk for details

Rotherham 12 need support at court

Over 150 people joined the Rotherham 12 campaign’s Injustice in the System conference in Sheffield last Saturday.

The campaign is defending 12 Asian men facing trial for violent disorder following an anti-fascist protest in the town in September 2015.

One of the 12, Abrar Javid, urged people to protest outside Sheffield Crown Court on the first day of the trial next Monday. The protest assembles at 9am.

Watch the convention online at vimeo.com/184138860

Anniversary march in Cable Street

A protest to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the anti-rascist Battle of Cable Street is set to take place on Sunday 9 October.

The march will assemble at 12 noon in Altab Ali park in Whitechapel, east London.

Speakers include Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Cable Street veteran Max Levitas.

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Walkout is just the ticket in Hackney

Traffic wardens in Hackney, east London, struck on Thursday of last week over pay and a victimisation. The Unite union members are employed by Apcoa.

They want overtime rates for evenings and weekends.

They are also defending a union rep who faces disciplinary action for allegedly failing to fill in a holiday request form.


Ritzy staff return to picket line to break pay deadlock

Workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, struck last Saturday. The Bectu union members are demanding the London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour and maternity, paternity and sick pay.

Workers won a pay rise after striking in 2014.

But they did not win the London Living Wage that they were demanding.

Bosses have since been intransigent. Zena, a Bectu member, said, “Management agreed to talk to us, but now they’ve flat-out refused to negotiate.”

Bectu rep Marc Cowan told Socialist Worker, “If the company is not going to listen we’ll speak to the public.”

The union has grown since the last round of strikes with supervisors and duty managers joining after their pay wasn’t increased in line with inflation.

Marc said, “The majority of staff are behind it.

“Front of house staff and duty managers are out here today.”

Workers from the Hackney Picturehouse came down to support the strike.

They are balloting for the same demands and their action would increase the pressure on mangement. Voting ends on 6 October.

Alistair Farrow


Unite union calls off distribution strike

Two planned 24 hour strikes by up to 300 workers at Menzies Distribution were suspended last week.

The Unite union members are voting on a new pay offer with the result set to be known on Friday. The details of the new offer are not being disclosed publicly.

The workers deliver newspapers to shops and train stations.


Students join the struggle 

Thousands of students have started university determined to join the struggle for a better society.

At Manchester University freshers’ fair Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS) members decapitated a cardboard cut-out of Margaret Thatcher.

It had been brought to the fair by the Conservative Future society.

At freshers’ fairs across Britain many students supported Jeremy Corbyn and wanted to get involved in anti-racist campiagning.

Manal, a Queen Mary University of London student, told Socialist Worker, “The refugee crisis is the biggest issue of our generation.

“But all of us combined can make a difference.”

Dilan added, “In his leadership campaign Jeremy Corbyn visited all of the community centres, but he needs to make his position clear now.”

Manal said that Corbyn is a politician that people can trust but that “he should be more vocal".

"He’s been on the defensive. He needs to speak out against the Conservative Party.”

The left-wing NUS leadership is supporting a demonstration alongside the UCU union on 19 November. There is space for activists and newly-politicised students on campus to push for real change at their universities.

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