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Issue No. 1822

Channelled onto the dole

HUNDREDS OF workers face the dole as a result of the planned merger of two TV companies. Carlton and Granada are set for a £2.7 billion merger which will make top bosses a fortune. Things are different for those who do the work.

'Hundreds of people could lose their jobs,' said one of the companies' directors.

A PLANNED merger between three different ferry operating branches of the P&O company is also threatening hundreds of job cuts at ports in Dover, Portsmouth and Hull.

Fewer houses being built

THE NUMBER of new houses being built is falling, despite more people than ever needing homes. Government figures show that the numbers needing a new home is rising, at around 220,000 a year.

But just 160,000 new houses are now being built each year. In the last three months the number built fell by 10 percent.

Lives put on the line

PARAMEDICS IN Scotland are demanding action over a new £13 million computer system which they say is putting lives at risk. The system is supposed to ensure that ambulances get to emergency cases more quickly.

Operators ask 999 callers questions, and input responses into a computer. But paramedics say up to 150 cases have been wrongly categorised. One 60 year old woman was classified as a non-emergency even though she was having a heart attack.

'Thanks won't pay mortgage'

THOUSANDS OF New York City firefighters held a protest on Monday of this week demanding a pay rise. Anger over pay has grown among firefighters who were called heroes for their role on 11 September. But firefighters haven't had a new pay deal for 30 months. The rally was held on the eve of a memorial service to honour the city's 343 firefighters who died on 11 September.

One banner read, 'A million thanks doesn't pay the mortgage.' They are among the lowest paid in the country.

DUNCAN HALLAS Memorial meeting

Saturday 19 October, 7pm, Main Hall, Islington Green School, Packington Street, London (Angel tube)
Speakers include Paul Foot, Alex Callinicos, Frank Henderson and Michelle Robidoux

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Sat 19 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1822
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