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Issue No. 1956

Ballot against victimisation

Council workers at Sefton on Merseyside have started a ballot for strike action over the victimisation of six trade union activists.

The Unison activists were suspended by Sefton Council after they demonstrated against council house privatisation last month.

Unison is pressing the council to lift the suspensions immediately. Ballot papers are now being sent out to some 2,500 council workers.

Send messages of support to Sefton Unison, 38 Church Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 5OL, or phone 0151 934 4760

Timms heckled by pensioners

Pensions minister Stephen Timms was slow handclapped, booed and heckled by 2,000 pensioners on Tuesday of last week when he addressed the Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool.

Timms told the pensioners that they had never been so well off.

But his government has refused to commit itself to restoring the link between pensions and earnings.

Pensioners at the event stressed that the pension issue is tied in with the fight for rights across society and that the youth of today are the pensioners of tomorrow.

John P Johnston, secretary of Manchester TUC Pensioners’ Association (pc), and Mary Phillips

Protests to save swimming pool

Some 80 people held a lively demonstration against the closure of Ladywell pool outside Lewisham town hall in south east London on Wednesday of last week.

Thousands of people have already signed a petition demanding that the pool stays open until the new one is built in 2012.

But the Labour Party mayor, Steve Bullock, has decided to ignore the wishes of the majority of local people and ratify the decision to close the pool in 2007.

The Lewisham branch of Respect helped initiate the campaign last July and has played a prominent part in the campaign over the last year.

Ian Crosson, Chair, Ladywell pool campaign

Bosses provoking union revival

About 90 people attended a rally at the National Trades Council Conference in Liverpool last week.

Delegates heard local anti hospital cuts campaigner Dave Laird speak alongside Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT railworkers’ union.

Both laid into New Labour’s many let-downs. Dave said that by threatening to close wards at Merseyside’s Wirral hospital, health bosses were “provoking a revival in fighting trade unionism in the city”.

The latest lobby of Wirral hospital board took place on Monday of this week.

Paul Sillett

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Sat 18 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1956
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