HAIDI GIULIANI, the mother of Carlo - who was killed by police on the Genoa protest last year - is doing a speaking tour in Britain to raise support for the European Social Forum. The tour starts next Monday, 7 October, at Venturers Building, Bristol University, at 7pm.
Other dates include Goldsmiths College Student Union, London, at 1pm on Tuesday 8 October, and ULU, Malet Street, at 7pm on the same day. Haidi will also speak at Warwick University on Wednesday 9 October at 1pm, and at Mechanics Institute, Manchester, at 7.30pm on the same day. She will be at Sheffield University Student Union on Thursday 10 October at 12.30pm, and at Sheffield Hallam University at 7.30pm on the same day.
Coordinating the struggle
THE PUBLIC Sector Alliance in London, a coalition of public sector unions, has called a rally for Monday 21 October. It aims to draw together union activists to discuss a push for coordinated strikes and demonstrations across the public sector.
THE Newcastle Public Sector Alliance has called a demonstration and rally for Saturday 2 November. Workers on Arriva Trains Northern will also be on strike.
Hospital staff fight privateers
HUNDREDS OF low paid hospital cleaners, porters and telephonists in the Unison union walked out on a 24-hour strike over pay and working conditions in Swansea on Friday of last week.
The health workers are in dispute with ISS Mediclean, the private cleaning contractor, over poverty rates of pay. Another strike is set for Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Marching for their jobs back
SOME 300 Allied Steel and Wire workers marched to the creditors' meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff last week held by receivers KPMG. Around 1,000 steel workers were made redundant in July and have spent months not knowing whether they will ever return to work or see their pensions.
Full force comes down in Poplar
A MAINLY Bangladeshi estate in Poplar, east London, felt the full force of 'community' policing last week. At around 4.30pm on Tuesday 24 September police responded to an incident at Tower Hamlets College.
Officers confronted a crowd of children aged six to 16, plus their mothers and fathers. Police called for back-up and moved in on the school children and their parents. Two 16 year olds were arrested. Two other local youths were arrested and charged.
Local tenants have helped launch a campaign to have all charges dropped.