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Issue No. 1958

Save our buses

Save our buses

Neath bus cuts

Protest in Neath, Wales, on Wednesday of last week against the closure of a bus route that will see over 250 children having to find another way to get to school.

Defeat for the BNP in by-election

The fascist British National Party (BNP) suffered a significant setback on Thursday of last week when they lost their only council seat in London.

The BNP won the Goresbrook seat, in Barking & Dagenham, in a by-election last September. But their councillor resigned, triggering a second by-election.

“This result shows that the anti-fascist vote was mobilised and united to stop the BNP,” said Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism.”

Unite campaigners are now gearing up to push back the BNP in another by-election in the borough’s Beacontree ward, scheduled for 14 July.

Around 150 people came to a Love Music Hate Racism event in Dagenham on Sunday of last week.

It attracted an overwhelmingly young and local audience.

Sour taste at Ambala sweets

About 50 low paid workers at Ambala Foods in Stratford, east London, struck on Thursday and Friday of last week — their tenth such action.

The Asian workers, members of the T&G union, want a pay rise of £50 a week. Their battle has featured militant picket lines and the workers have shown great courage.

But there are questions about the national union leaders’ strategy to win at Ambala. The strike seems to have lost some of its early momentum. Most workers on the nightshift are working through the strikes, and are working longer and harder.

Winning over the nightshift and winning solidarity from other groups of workers are now the priorities.

Prison protest after death

Campaigners gathered outside Eastwood Park in Gloucestershire last week to protest over the death of Justine Rees.

The 32 year old died in the “care” of the prison on 4 June.

The demonstration was led by Pauline Campbell, whose daughter Sarah died in the “care” of Styal Prison, Cheshire, in January 2003.

No hiding these cleaners’ anger

Thirty women who work as cleaners in the Queen Elizabeth law courts in Liverpool were forced to wear disguises as they campaigned for a living wage.

Their employer, Consultant Services Group, threatened disciplinary action against the cleaners who took part in the protest. The cleaners are campaigning for a basic wage of £5.70 an hour.

Bus battle for £500 a week pay

Nearly 100 bus workers in the RMT union at Centra buses in south London struck on Friday of last week.

“Our claim is for a basic £500 weekly wage, adequate annual leave, sick pay from day one of employment and full rostered earnings for victims of assaults at work,” says RMT regional organiser Bobby Law.

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Sat 2 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1958
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