THE LECTURERS' union Natfhe has called a boycott of links with London Metropolitan University after management issued dismissal notices to 387 academic staff. The boycott, called by Natfhe's higher education national committee, is the first step in what union activists hope will be determined resistance. Other university bosses are looking to see if LMU is able to get away with its bullying tactics.
The boycott means calling on other academics and teachers to withdraw from any voluntary links with the university-such as external examining, joint research work and attending conferences at LMU.
Binning the council's plans
BRIGHTON AND Hove bin workers have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a defiant gesture to council bosses. Three quarters of the GMB union membership took part in the ballot, which saw 86 percent vote for all-out strike action and 93 percent in favour of industrial action.
The vote came in response to enforced changes in working practices that saw 11 workers suspended when they were unable to keep up with new schedules. One worker said, 'It's an outstanding result. This shows the council and the managers that many people aren't happy with the way things are.' Council bosses have now offered to discuss many of the GMB union's demands.
Tenants want a real debate
TENANTS IN Mile End, east London, have submitted a formal complaint to the government about the way Labour-run Tower Hamlets council is forcing through the sell-off of their homes.
The council and the housing association Eastend Homes conducted a 'consultation' over stock transfer in a deliberate attempt to prevent the case against sell-off being properly debated by tenants.
The tenants' complaint has gone to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, which is responsible for overseeing such consultations.
A tournament with a message
MY SCHOOL, Welsh House Farm primary, organised a Kick Racism Out Of Football tournament for Birmingham primary schools on Wednesday of last week. Some 100 children from ten schools took part in a fantastic event. Birmingham's four largest trade unions-the NUT, Nasuwt, Unison and GMB-supplied prizes and refreshments.
Aston Villa gave £170 worth of prizes. Kick It Out, the anti-racist arm of the Professional Footballers' Association, sent an informative booklet. Birmingham TUC arranged for Paul Oppenheimer, a Holocaust survivor, to address the event and give out the prizes.
Doug Morgan(personal capacity)