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Issue No. 1810

Minister heckled at martyrs' rally

'A SOCIALIST flame burned brightly in the heart of Dorset over the weekend.' That's how the Dorset Daily Echo described a thousands-strong rally last Saturday in the village of Tolpuddle.

The annual rally is held to commemorate the Tolpuddle Martyrs-six local men transported to Australia in 1834 for organising a union. Speakers at Saturday's rally included TUC general secretary John Monks and New Labour education secretary Estelle Morris. Morris was heckled by teachers at the rally. They were protesting at pay and conditions under New Labour.

Strikers are not Dolphin-friendly

CLEANERS, PORTERS and chamber staff at one of London's plushest residential complexes struck for the second Friday in succession last week. The workers at the exclusive Dolphin Square complex are fighting low pay which sees many earn just £10,000 a year.

The square is the London home of some very wealthy people. Several MPs and members of the House of Lords have flats there. The workers, members of the TGWU union, are demanding a 3 percent rise and a £1,000 London allowance for the extra cost of living and working in the capital.

Campaigners say no to war on Iraq

BURY STOP the War Coalition organised a successful protest last Saturday. Some 30 supporters leafleted and petitioned against attacking Iraq. They laid flowers in memory of those who have died in the many wars caused by Western imperialism since 1945.

They also held an impromptu march with their banner and placards through the town centre. Swansea Stop the War Coalition also took to the streets last Saturday. In the morning leaflets were distributed throughout the city centre and in the afternoon a street meeting was held.

The speakers included the chair of Wales CND, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans, Naz Malik from Swansea Labour Party, Carmarthen East Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price, and members of the Welsh Socialist Alliance, the Socialist Workers Party and the Quakers.

Verdict soon in Serwotka case

THE HIGH Court judge ruling over the attempted coup in the PCS civil servants' union has gone away to decide who he believes the law says should run the union. Discredited outgoing general secretary Barry Reamsbottom created uproar in the union when he tried to remove the elected general secretary, socialist Mark Serwotka.

The judge has said he will make his decision next Wednesday, 31 July, after the court case finished last week. There will be a lobby of the court on the day. Mark Serwotka has also called a rally in central London for civil servants.

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Sat 27 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1810
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