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Issue No. 1975

Glasgow demo (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Glasgow demo (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Glasgow City Council

Around 100 workers protested on Monday outside Glasgow City Council chambers at £18 million of cuts. This includes £7.9 million cuts in education and £5.2 million in social work

Caretakers’ action in Huddersfield

Caretakers at Huddersfield Technical College, members of Kirklees Unison union, started an indefinite strike on Tuesday this week.

The strike is over poverty pay and the fact that there is a two-tier workforce on two rates of pay.

The college refuses to speak to the union about the dispute and claim that the matter would be resolved through job evaluation which would take two years.

Nick Ruff branch chair Kirklees Unison
Donations and messages of support to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2QT or phone 01484 223 377 or fax 01484 450 174

Provisional gain for driving agency

PCS members at the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) headquarters in Nottingham called off strike action set for Monday of this week after winning negotiations with management.

DSA bosses planned to axe 50 jobs. Management have now said they will return with significant concessions.

If this is not delivered the action will be back on.

Further backing for fire campaign

Humberside has added its name to a string of fire authorities across Britain that have rejected the regionalisation of emergency fire controls.

The move underlines the growing strength of opposition in the fire service to the government’s plans. Avon fire authority has called for the project to be stopped and Cornwall could not accept the case presented to them.

The Fire Brigades Union is stepping up its campaign for an independent review of the scheme.

Swansea united on climate change

About 20 activists from Respect, the SWP, the Labour Party, the green movement, Swansea University, the Stop the Incinerator Campaign and the Quaker group met last week in Swansea to discuss the Campaign Against Climate Change.

The meeting was friendly and there was a common desire to build local support for the London demonstration on 3 December.

Huw Pudner

We won’t forget Omar Deghayes

Anti-war protesters from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, have sent a letter to Jack Straw with over 100 signatures calling on the foreign secretary to help secure the release of Omar Deghayes from Guantanamo Bay.

Omar, a former Huddersfield student, is a British resident. But the government has so far refused to help him on the grounds that he is not officially a citizen.

The Deghayes family fled to Britain from Libya after Omar’s father was murdered by Colonel Gadafy’s regime.

Omar is currently on hunger strike along with other detainees at the camp.

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Sat 5 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1975
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