North east’s yes to Respect
Over 520 people attended Respect’s rally on Tyneside last week, making it the biggest political meeting in the area for over a decade.
There was a tremendous mix of people packing out the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle to hear George Galloway, John Rees and other speakers.
Forty people joined Respect on the night and many more were excited by the whole event. A long term Labour supporter who phoned me for a ticket said it was great that political meetings like this were taking place again.
The rally marks an important step forward for Respect in the north east of England.
About 250 people also attended a Respect rally in Slough last week.
Respect is standing in a council by-election in Leytonstone, east London, on 14 July. To help out phone 07761 058899.
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Campaign group NO2ID is holding local campaign meetings: West London, Wednesday 13 July, 7pm, Irish Centre, Blacks Road, Hammersmith. Brighton: Tuesday 17 July, 7pm, Mad Hatter Caf, corner of Montpelier Road and Western Road. For more details on the campaign go to www.no2id.net
Response that deserves credit
Members of the PCS union at the export credit guarantee department in Cardiff threatened to walk out in protest at the announcement of the office’s closure last week.
Management’s response was to give workers the remainder of the day off. There are also 50 job cuts in the department in London and 70 PCS members held a protest meeting there.
Ambala strike in the balance
Workers at Ambala Foods in Stratford, east London, struck on Thursday and Friday of last week, their eleventh such action. About 50 Asian workers at the site, members of the T&G union, have shown great solidarity in standing up to a bullying management.
But their series of two-day strikes has not brought production to a halt at the factory. T&G steward, Lokon, told Socialist Worker, “We will be meeting this week to discuss our next moves.”
MP pressed on Omar case
About 40 people attended a lobby of Brighton Kemptown’s Labour MP, Des Turner, on Friday of last week to protest at his inaction over Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes.
The MP’s advocacy of Omar, who is from Sussex, is in question. He told Omar’s family some time ago he would do all he could to win his release. There has been little sign of this.
Manus McGrogan, Brighton & Hove Respect
Leicester council workers
About 150 people joined a protest organised by the Unison union against council cuts in Leicester last week.
The Conservative and Liberal Democrat dominated city council has made cuts to many public services, resulting in redundancies and the closure of services, including playgroups.