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Issue No. 1809

Success school closure threat

THE Labour-controlled education authority in Hackney, east London, has decided to shut Kingsland Secondary School in what can only be described as a spiteful move. The authority itself is due to be wound up at the end of this month. Closing Kingsland is its parting gift. Parents received a letter at the end of last week informing them of the closure in July of next year. It suggested they remove their children from this September. That leaves parents just a days to find alternatives.

The authority claims Kingsland is a failing school. In fact its last inspection revealed strong progress. Governors and members of the National Union of Teachers at Kingsland have agreed to meet with parents this week to organise a campaign.
Send messages of support to NUT Group, Kingsland School, Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EY.

Striking for better control

CONTROL ROOM staff on the Tyne and Wear Metro system have had enough. Around 22 workers employed by the rail operator Nexus are due to strike on Thursday 25 July.

The Unison members have had extra work and responsibilities piled upon them with the extension of the Metro route out to Sunderland in Easter.
Send messages of support c/o Charlie Syme, Regional Officer, Unison, 140 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6TH.

Cleaning up after low pay

ANGRY LOW paid workers at the exclusive Dolphin Square housing complex in London went out on strike on Friday 12 July. Around 150 cleaners, chambermaids and porters belonging to the TGWU union set up strong picket lines.

Some of the workers earn less than £10,000 a year. They have rejected a 3 percent pay offer that did not include the £1,000 a year London weighting they are demanding. The workers have pledged to strike again on Friday 19 July and ballot for further action.

Quarrel with an old quarry

AROUND 130 people marched through Rica in Gwent last Saturday. They were demonstrating against the building corporation Hanson's plans to turn the former Rica quarry into a waste recycling plant. The plan would mean 72 20-ton lorries per day travelling through the narrow streets of Rica.

A petition against the plan has now been signed by over 2,000 people and a public meeting was planned.DES MANNAY

Steering to a better offer

BUS WORKERS employed by the Arriva transport firm in Northumberland have been offered a new pay deal. The 520 bus workers, including drivers, engineers and cleaners, rejected a 3 percent pay offer.

They called off a strike planned for Friday 13 July when the company was forced to offer new talks.

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Sat 20 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1809
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