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Issue No. 1796

Sacking follows unofficial strike

BOSSES AT the Airbus plant in Flintshire, North Wales, have sacked a worker who was at the forefront of leading an unofficial dispute at the plant last month. Up to 2,000 workers staged an unofficial strike on 14 March in protest at huge payouts to bosses while workers' pay was being cut.

Airbus bosses admitted last week that it had sacked one worker and suspended four others because of their involvement in the dispute. Amicus union members need to demand that their union leaders mount a vigorous protest in response.

New pay offer after strike vote

JOURNALISTS working on Guardian Media Group weekly newspapers in north Manchester met on Monday to decide whether to go ahead with their strike action on pay.

Their management, who had derecognised them during talks over their demands for a 7.5 percent pay rise, have now offered parity with other parts of the group in the Manchester area. This would mean a 10.3 percent pay rise for 50 to 60 workers.

Victory for the school campaign

CAMPAIGNERS IN Sheffield were celebrating a victory last week. The Liberal council's education cabinet member announced in the full council meeting that the proposed merger of Lowfield and Ann's Grove schools would not be going ahead due to massive opposition. We are determined to fight any future attacks on the school.

ANGELA SHANN, press officer, Hands off Lowfield Campaign, and Sharrow Socialist Alliance council candidate

Refugee Action Week finalised

REFUGEE campaigners have called a Refugee Action Week from 15 June. Those at the 350-strong conference at Manchester last month had voted to plan protests throughout that week, ending in a demonstration in London on 22 June. A mass picket of Yarls Wood centre in Bedford is planned to kick off the week. If the centre is not reopened by 15 June the mass picket will be held at Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow.

Don't miss the Unity peace tour

LEADING PEACE activists from India and Pakistan are touring Britain. The Unity Tour is a great opportunity for people to hear first-hand reports and analysis on the South Asian crisis. Achin Vanaik and Mohammed Tahseen will discuss the struggle for peace between India and Pakistan, how the US is fuelling violence and the menace of communalism.

Tour dates include:

  • Thursday 18 April, Birmingham, phone 07949 028 362
  • Friday 19 April, Sheffield, 07752 627 753
  • Sunday 21 April, Southall, 07903 931 365
  • Monday 22 April, 7pm, ULU, Malet Street, London
  • Tuesday 23 April, Preston, 01772 732 313
  • Wednesday 24 April, Edinburgh, 07958 002 591

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Sat 20 Apr 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1796
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