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Issue No. 1801

The force in the Cotswolds

SOME 500 people marched through Burford in the Cotswolds last weekend in an anniversary march that made links with the current battle against nuclear weapons.

The anniversary was for Levellers' Day, to commemorate the killing of three of Oliver Cromwell's soldiers for refusing to fight in Ireland. Tony Benn brought the spirit of the march up to date by urging the marchers to struggle against Bush's Son of Star Wars nuclear missile scheme.

Peace campaigner Lindis Percy described Star Wars as the military extension of globalisation.

Fight goes on at Dynamics

WORKERS AT Friction Dynamics in Caernarfon in Wales are holding a march and rally to show they are still fighting more than 12 months after being locked out.

The 108 workers, members of the TGWU union, had taken official strike action after a range of attacks from their boss. But their employer locked them out last year, and they have been campaigning for their jobs ever since.
Solidarity with Friction Dynamics workers march, Saturday 8 June. Assemble 12 noon, municipal car park, rear of Safeways.

Battle plan to stop cuts

MASS MEETINGS of over 450 staff and service users in Manchester last week agreed to launch a campaign against NHS cuts and PFI privatisation. A demonstration has now been called for 8 June in Manchester. Unison members may also be balloted for strike action.

PFI has brought about £2 million cuts in mental health services in Manchester. The cuts threaten 26 posts, including the Homeless Mental Health Team, Asian Mental Health Services, all the acupuncture services, a psychology assistant post, and a welfare rights post.

A PFI hospital in Wythenshawe is costing an extra £40 million a year. The planned PFI children's hospital at Manchester Royal Infirmary would add a further £25 million.

Both projects include a reduction in beds, and the costs will be met by cuts like those in mental health.

Capital workers plan more action

LONDON COUNCIL workers are gearing up for more strikes over pay after the success of their one-day strike last week. Tens of thousands of Unison members struck across the capital on Tuesday of last week, and thousands joined the excellent demonstration through central London.

The strike was especially good in areas like council manual depots and among Unison members in schools.

Unison members are set to strike again for two days on 12 and 13 June in their fight to win an increase to £4,000 in London weighting, the allowance they get for the extra costs of living and working in the capital. The TGWU and GMB unions did not officially back last week's strike.

But some members refused to cross picket lines. Now these unions are discussing a ballot for action.

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Sat 25 May 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1801
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