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Issue No. 1968

Wanted: fair play at Arsenal

The GMB union has taken up the case of member James Ramsey against Arsenal football club.

James was dismissed on 23 August for alleged gross misconduct. It is alleged that he was rude and aggressive towards two customers, who admitted in a statement to the club that they verbally abused James in the stadium club shop.

James has been blind in one eye since birth and because of his disability, tends to squint and frown which can give the appearance of an aggressive stance. James has worked at Arsenal since he left school seven years ago. He has an exemplary work record.

Hazel Fowler

Unity against school tests

All six teachers’ unions and organisations have warned that the government’s testing regime means schools are increasingly “teaching to the test” and pupils are missing out on a broad range of education.

The unions urge ministers to carry out an independent review of the so-called key stage two national tests taken by 11 year olds, and the use of the results to compile performance tables.

With many primary schools spending 70 percent of their time on English and maths, children are missing out on geography, history, science, music and other subjects.

Janet Parsons

Defiant anti-war march in Leeds

About 200 people defied the threat of torrential rain to join a march for peace and liberty in Leeds last Saturday.

Before the march set off, speakers from Stop the War Coalitions around the region highlighted the importance of using the right to demonstrate at this time.

The march culminated with an excellent and inspiring meeting addressed by Jeremy Corbyn MP and Salma Yaqoob among others, which focused activists’ attention on filling the streets of London on 24 September.

Christian Hogsbjerg

Meacher joins Manchester event

Over 200 people packed into a public meeting in Manchester town hall last week for a Stop the War Coalition rally.

It was excellent that the speakers included Labour MP Michael Meacher

All the speakers’ talks are available on the internet.

Go to for Tariq Ali’s speech and then follow the links for the other speakers.

Richard Searle

Trade unions against the war meeting

Tuesday 20 September, 6.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London
Speakers include: Bob Crow (RMT), Paul Embury (FBU), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Janet Maiden (Unison).
Called by London Transport Region RMT

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Sat 17 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1968
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