LIVERPOOL council lifted the suspensions and the threat of sacking to a Unison union convenor and a senior shop steward last week. This was a terrific victory. The convenor and steward were both suspended two weeks ago and this was seen as a direct attack on union organisation.
A full stewards meeting was called immediately, petitions were circulated and a successful lobby of the council was held.
LECTURERS IN the EIS-CLA union at Langside College in Glasgow were set to strike over pay beginning with one day of action on Wednesday of this week. This follows a 90 percent strike vote in a secret ballot, in which college management were also allowed to participate! The lecturers are asking for a 3.5 percent pay rise.
COMMUNITY activists and local residents took to the streets around Govanhill in Glasgow last Saturday to protest against the conviction of 16 year old Govanhill pool campaigner Qasim Khan.
We combined the campaign with building for this Saturday's anti-war demonstration in London. Qasim has been found guilty of police assault and racial abuse for helping organise one of the most deprived areas in Glasgow to save a much needed facility.
There is anger over the violent closure of Govanhill pool, and the subsequent charges against nine pool protesters, seven of them from Muslim backgrounds.
Alistair Hulet, Southside Against Closure
AROUND 100 protesters marched through Burnley against the proposed closure of Lancashire care homes last Saturday. The protest was called by Lancashire Unison union and Burnley Trades Council.
One speaker pointed out that the march was taking place after campaigners successfully pushed the Nazi BNP aside when it attempted to march over the same issue. He got a round of applause when he called on people to stop racists hijacking the campaign.
SEVEN Zimbabwean students were set to go on trial in the city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe this week. Police had arrested the students from the National University of Science and Technology last week.
The student union president was seized after addressing a student meeting opposing the privatisation of the college. Protests meant that the students were eventually released. But the court could jail them again.
Send protest calls to the police in Bulawayo. Phone 00 263 9 72515 or 00 263 9 66306.