GLOUCESTER council has been forced to back down over its plan to privatise the city's archaeology unit. This was after we held a 100-strong lobby on Wednesday of last week. We now have a firm commitment to keep the unit open.
We handed in a petition with 5,000 signatures demanding that the leisure services be kept open. Now we have union stewards organisation in the leisure services department, the first one in the council.
Rachel Atherton and Phil Jones, Gloucester Unison branch secretary
1,000 meet to hear Naomi Klein
OVER 1,000 students packed in to hear Naomi Klein speak on globalisation at the LSE, central London, on Tuesday of last week. Naomi tore into 'free market fundamentalism', and the devastating impact of the market in countries like Brazil and Argentina.
She stirred the audience with tales of resistance from Chiapas, Soweto, Quebec and Argentina. The anti-capitalist movement found a popular resonance at LSE.
AROUND 700 heard Arundhati Roy read from her books and answer questions at the Cheltenham Literary Festival last week.
No room for scabs in Glasgow
THE ALL-OUT strike of 70 housing workers in the Unison union in Glasgow is continuing. The strike is against council management's plans to impose new work patterns. The council is throwing everything into breaking the strike. It has advertised the workers' jobs. It issued letters to staff on sick leave telling them they are assumed to be on strike. Workers are resisting this intimidation.
Still fighting for justice 5 years on
AROUND 200 people attended the fourth annual Ricky Reel memorial meeting in Kingston, Surrey, last weekend. Ricky Reel died after a confrontation with racists five years ago. His mother, Sukhdev Reel, has campaigned since then for justice.
Before the lecture friends and supporters of the Reel family held a vigil on Kingston Bridge - the last place Ricky Reel was seen alive. The writer and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown addressed the meeting.
Is there to be a fourth act?
WORKERS AT the Leicester Haymarket Theatre have forced their management to open talks on new pay deal. The workers, members of the Bectu union, took three days of successful strike action in October. Some 88 percent of the workforce voted to reject a 2 percent pay offer.
The union gave notice that unless a new pay deal was offered another strike would be held on Wednesday of this week.