Asylum campaign wins victory
Asylum rights campaigners in Sheffield are celebrating after Afghan asylum seeker Mohammad Arrian was granted indefinite leave to remain, and has now been reunited with his family.
Mohammad had been detained since November and was due to be deported on 17 January. Supporters organised several protests and a letter writing campaign and received positive local media coverage.
For details of other campaigns in the Sheffield area phone Sue, Sheffield Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers, 07913 701 740
Agreement for unions at the beeb
The BBC has agreed to further negotiations with the unions aimed at avoiding about 200 compulsory redundancies.
This agreement came after the threat of strike action.
Compulsory redundancy notices due to be sent out on 1 February will now not be issued and the earliest the BBC could consider issuing such notices is 1 April.
NUJ and Bectu union representatives met last week and declared that they would take action if compulsory redundancies are issued.
Guantanamo detainee speaks
Over 100 people attended a talk by Moazzam Begg, the British man formerly held in Guantanamo, last weekend.
He told the meeting, organised by Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique, of the terrible conditions inside the prison camp. Of the 600 “prisoners” only a handful have been charged with any offence.
Broadway Market Cafe occupation
A noisy, 150-strong meeting in south Hackney, east London, on Monday of this week made it clear that the campaign against private developers was not going away.
Called by the occupiers of the local Tony’s Cafe, the meeting raised a range of issues with deputy mayor Jessica Crowe.
Protesters wanted to know if the Blairite council planned to buy back two local properties from private developers who bought them under controversial circumstances in 2001.
Clancey pay deal not implemented
Over 200 members of the GMB union at car components company G Clancey in Halesowen were set to strike on Wednesday of this week over pay.
The company had failed to uphold a two stage pay agreement settled last year.
It is holding back a promised 2 percent rise that was due from last August. Workers were discussing a revised offer as Socialist Worker went to press.
Major ballot at Devonport docks
Workers at Devonport dockyard in Plymouth are balloting for industrial action.
Over 2,000 members of the Amicus, GMB, T&G and Ucatt unions are voting following a rejection of a 3 percent pay offer.
Socialist Worker £150,000 appeal
Congratulations to the three winners of the Big Red Raffle, which was part of our appeal to raise £150,000.
Roddy Slorach won the third prize, a signed copy of Tony Benn’s latest book; Alan Crowe won a new iPod and Jusara Bittencourt won the first prize, two flights to Venezuela.
As she’s unable to go, she has generously donated the tickets to two people who will be able to attend the World Social Forum in the country.
We are close to reaching our target and finishing the appeal. Now’s the time to rush in any final donations. This week Jane Loftus sent in £100 from a collection at the national executive meeting of the CWU union.
Thanks to everyone who has given so far.