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Issue No. 1970

Fighting cuts at the Driving Standards Agency

Workers at the Nottingham headquarters of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) met on Monday to discuss further action in our fight against 50 job cuts.

After our successful strike last week management gave us some assurances over jobs and the future of the headquarters in Nottingham. But they have not ruled out compulsory redundancies.

Meetings are planned across the DSA to discuss job cuts. There will also be an indicative ballot across the department for transport over the shared services initiative and low pay.

Paul Williams


More reasons to strike at Morrisons

Workers at Morrisons depots were set to strike on Friday of this week as the company announced plans to slash 2,500 jobs. A three-day strike planned for Friday of last week was called off to allow talks between the company and the unions — the GMB and T&G — representing depot workers.

Morrisons conceded the unions’ demand for national negotiation. But it then angered workers by announcing the closure of three depots owned by the Safeway chain recently taken over by Morrisons.

Workers at the affected sites were meeting as Socialist Worker went to press. The sites in Bristol, Warrington and Aylesford, Kent, are to be hit by the closure plan.


In defence of Rhetta Moran

Workers held a rally in support of sacked worker Rhetta Moran at Salford university on Thursday of last week.

Rhetta, a member of the NUJ journalists’ union and the AUT lecturers’ union, was sacked after six years as a researcher at the university. She carried out research into refugee issues.

E-mail messages of protest to vice chancellor Michael Harloe at m.harloe@salford.ac.uk


Unity at Mersey anti-war meeting

Many people from many diverse backgrounds attended a rally in Liverpool recently organised by Merseyside Stop the War Coalition. Alice Mahon, a former Labour MP, described the “ludicrous sight” of Tony Blair’s “denial” of the truth in not making the connection between terrorist bombings in London and the terrorist foreign policy of the British government in Iraq.

Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communications Workers Union, described the mutually-reinforcing nature of the anti-war movement and struggles at work.

John Cooper


Keep the fat cats out of schools

A protest was planned in Brent, north west London this week in protest at plans for a new academy.

The sponsor of the proposed academy is Andrew Rosenfeld, the chief executive of Minerva plc.

This is a property, asset and investment company that last year lost £44.4 million after tax.

Hank Roberts
Protest at the Minerva Headquarters, Thursday 29 September, 5-6pm, 42 Wigmore St, London W1.

Conference Against City Academies

Saturday 8 October, 10.30am, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1
Organised by Birmingham National Union of Teachers and Islington Campaign Against Academies. For further details phone 0121 442 2031 or e-mail banut@btclick.com


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Sat 1 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1970
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