Scottish workers say no to racism
Up to 1,000 people attended the Scottish TUC annual demonstration against racism and fascism in Glasgow last Saturday. Trade union delegates included firefighters, print workers and several Unison and EIS (Scottish teachers’ union) branches.
The rally included speeches from Bill Speirs of the STUC, Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar, and ex-footballer Paul Elliot who spoke passionately about the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign.
House looks at housing motion
MPs have tabled a new Early Day Motion, “Future for Council Housing”. The motion seeks to step up the pressure on deputy prime minister John Prescott to keep his promise to review the financial options for local authorities. Lobby your local MPs to sign the new motion straight away.
An open letter to John Prescott, “A Promise Is A Promise”, is also available online.
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Azmat Begg demands justice
Around 90 people attended a meeting in Manchester last week to listen to Azmat Begg the father of Moazzam Begg, who is incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay without charge, writes Tariq Mehmood.
Azmat Begg is due to have a meeting with home secretary Jack Straw, where he will be demanding the release of his son.
The Greater Manchester Guantanamo and Belmarsh Campaign organised the meeting. They want local councils to pass a resolution condemning this violation of human rights.
And 100 people crammed into a York Against the War meeting on “Lost in Guantanamo: civil rights sacrificed in the war on terrorism” last week to hear Azmat Begg and Lindsey German.
Santa can’t rely on a tram
Strike action may be taken by conductors and drivers of the trams in Nottingham over plans to increase working hours over the Christmas period.
Nottingham Express Transit wants to run trams to a normal weekday timetable between 24 and 31 December, but the GMB union says it is concerned about staff safety.
Pension battle is on the runway
WORKERS AT Birmingham airport have been voting on industrial action over proposed changes to their pension scheme.
Birmingham airport employers have decided to close the final salary scheme to new entrants and to increase employee contribution levels.
The ballot was to close on Friday of this week. Strikes could hit Christmas flights.