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Issue No. 1798

Protests against corporate killing

OVER 100 people protested in Brighton on Wednesday of last week as part of the national day of action called by the Simon Jones Memorial Campaign. Protesters, including Simon's parents, managed to close the offices of the Personnel Selection employment agency.

This was the employment agency that sent casual worker Simon to a job at Shoreham docks four years ago, where he was killed. The road was blocked, cars sounded horns in support and the public, who are aware of the campaign, showed their support.

Simon's parents, Chris and Anne, went into the offices to demand they shut down for the day, and this was agreed to. The door was shut at 2pm. In the evening the annual building industry awards at a plush five-star hotel in London's Park Lane saw a spirited protest to round off the day. There were also about a dozen other protests organised locally across the country.


Pay walkout hits the power station

SOME 300 maintenance workers walked off the Kings North power station site near Rochester in Kent on Tuesday of last week over pay rates. The workers want the site to be classified as a major project, as this would mean increased pay rates.

Officials from the workers' Amicus union held a site meeting to try to head off action. But one union official admitted, 'The options were explained in the canteen, and everyone decided there and then to walk.'


Transport must be available to all

DISABLED protesters joined three angry demonstrations in London last week coordinated by the Direct Action Network (DAN). Some 30 activists occupied the road in front of the Westminster underground station on Thursday of last week, while ten protesters stopped a tube train inside the station.

'Several years ago they promised money would be put aside for access to tube transport. This hasn't happened, and we wanted to highlight that we don't even have the right to get on a tube,' said Mark Swindells.

'The vast majority of people were supportive, especially when they saw how the police tried to manhandle us.'

Deaf people held a protest over education provision outside parliament, and activists demonstrated in Haringey over care charges earlier in the week.


Workers tire of more demands

WORKERS AT Goodyear's tyre plant in Wolverhampton have rejected proposals to make more profit from them. The TGWU union had recommended its members accepted the deal. It included the introduction of fixed breaks and an enforced plant closedown during which workers would have to take their holidays.

In the past workers at the plant have accepted changed shift patterns and a pay freeze. The latest demands were too much, and were thrown out by 584 votes to 511.


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Sat 4 May 2002, 00:00 BST
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