Good lessons in taking action
SOUTH BANK University lecturers in London were set to strike as Socialist Worker went to press. They will be out for three days this week, from 11 to 13 June. Lecturers will also be withholding marks as part of their action against 128 proposed redundancies.
The cuts are being planned because the Higher Education Funding Council is taking back £14 million of funding. But South Bank's problems reflect the crisis in higher education, with ex-polytechnics receiving lower spending per head than students in traditional universities.
Strikers from South Bank planned to join the march by firefighters in the capital on Tuesday. The firefighters marched to highlight their pay demands.
Socialists out on the doorsteps
SOCIALIST ALLIANCE supporters were out campaigning last weekend in a council by-election in Tower Hamlets, east London. The election will be held on Thursday 27 June. Socialist Alliance candidate Terree Selby is a longstanding local campaigner and works in a community centre in the ward.
The ward now includes about half the ward in which the BNP's Derek Beackon was elected in 1993. There are ten candidates standing in the coming by-election. As well as the BNP, the rival 'New Britain' Nazis are also standing. Anti-Nazis will be exposing these parties for what they are.
The Socialist Alliance is winning support for its clear platform of opposition to racism, building the demonstration to defend refugees on 22 June, and opposing privatisation.
Campaigning for peace in Kashmir
URGENT ACTION against the threat of all-out war between India and Pakistan was called for at a Socialist Alliance public meeting in central London last week. Around 65 people attended the meeting. They heard speakers emphasise the gravity of the crisis and the need for socialist alternatives to communalism and fundamentalism, globalisation and imperialism.
They also condemned the US-led 'war on terror', which had strengthened communalism and militarism on both sides of the border. A further 100 people rallied for peace outside Downing Street last Saturday. Their message to Blair was 'No to war in South Asia. Stop British arms sales to India and Pakistan'.
The protest was called by South Asia Solidarity Group. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't trade on global justice
THE LARGEST ever lobby of parliament on global trade looks set to take place on 19 June. The band Radiohead will join protesters as they converge on Westminster to meet their MPs and press for greater justice in global trade. The organisers, the Trade Justice Movement, are expecting as many as 10,000 people to attend.