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Issue No. 1807

Labour lord steel pensions rip off

STEEL WORKERS at the Caparo Steel Group in Scunthorpe, owned by Labour peer Lord Paul, are to take industrial action to defend their pensions. The company wants to replace a final salary pension scheme with a stakeholder scheme, which would leave workers' pensions dependent on the ups and downs of the stockmarket.

Around 100 workers, who are members of the ISTC union, voted overwhelmingly to take action. This will initially be an overtime ban followed by strike action if necessary.

Sodexho's sick levels of pay

WORKERS AT the Glasgow Royal Infirmary are being balloted for action over pay. They are employed by Sodexho and work as domestics, porters, and security and catering staff. Workers are paid between £4.10 and £4.42 an hour. Unison is demanding a minimum of £5 an hour and a return to full NHS conditions, including sickness and pension rights.

School students getting organised

'ONE SOLUTION, revolution' is the slogan of a new revolutionary socialist organisation for school and FE students launched in London last week. Last Saturday 20 delegates from around the country gathered. The group aims to write its own paper.

There are plans to hold a meeting for school and FE students at Marxism 2002, taking place in central London from 5 to 12 July.
Phone Rich on 020 7515 2646 or 07752 890 455, or e-mail

University bosses push job cuts

GREENWICH University plans to sack 25 lecturers. The university in south London is in financial crisis and made the announcements of cuts right at the end of the academic year. The Natfhe union is planning action, starting with mass leafleting of graduation ceremonies.

This will have to be followed up with industrial action to halt the university's attacks on staff and their conditions.

Miscarriage case new revelations

A NEW report into the miscarriage of justice case of Samar Alami and Jawad Botmeh is to be released on Friday. They were imprisoned for the bombing of the Israeli embassy, which took place in London in 1994.

Amnesty International has said Samar and Jawad were denied the right to a fair trial and their convictions were unsafe. A group of 27 MPs are calling for the reopening of the investigation into the incident.

Samar and Jawad have been imprisoned for seven years and continue to protest their innocence. They are now waiting for an appeal at the House of Lords.
Freedom and Justice for Samar and Jawad, Box BM FOSA, London WC1N 3XX. Go to

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Sat 6 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1807
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