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Issue No. 1987

Maryport marches for hospital beds

Around 800 people from across Cumbria marched through Maryport on Friday of last week against plans close at least 118 cottage hospital beds countywide.

Local residents were joined by campaigners from Cockermouth, Workington, Penrith, Alston, Millom, Wigton and Keswick.

Maryport mayor Richard Taylor said, “We have saved Marra the dolphin from the town’s harbour recently, now we are going to save Maryport cottage hospital’s beds.”


EasyJet joins the union

T&G Union members at easyJet’s call centre in Luton have voted overwhelmingly for the union to be their recognised union at the site.


Lecturers ballot for strike action

Lecturers at Walsall College of Arts and Technology are balloting for strike action after they were forced to reapply for their jobs.

The Natfhe lecturers’ union say there has been no consultation over a restructuring plan which will end A-level teaching at the college.

About 470 staff face re-employment on worse contracts.


Goldsmiths dumps arms

Students at Goldsmiths College, south London, have forced management to stop investing in companies that are involved in the arms trade. 

Over 40 students came to the launch of the disinvestment campaign and were unimpressed with the management’s statement that we should drop our campaign because they “only” held £1,000 worth of shares in these firms.

The meeting voted unanimously to picket the warden during the college open day in February.

Almost immediately the college backed down on the issue and is now committed to selling the shares.

Grace Lally, Goldsmiths Respect


Student’s meet against war

Students from around the country attended an organising meeting of the Stop the War Coalition last weekend.

The meeting discussed tactics for building the 18 March demo, film shows, gigs, debates, and appealing to the creativity and spontaneity that students possess.

We have six weeks to tap into the student unrest and to focus it into political action.

Stuart Brown


Valentine’s Day protest at the US consulate. Tuesday 14 February. Meet 2pm at The Mound, Edinburgh. Phone 07952 452906 for Glasgow transport.


Public Meeting with Walter Wolfgang, and Rose Gentle, Wednesday 15 February 7.30pm, Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Ingram Street, Glasgow


Ministry of Defence

Thousands of jobs are threatened across the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Almost 500 workers at the Defence Logistics Organisation at Sapphire House in Telford learned last week that the closure of their base had been brought forward to next year from 2011.

Eight hundred workers at the Defence College at Cosford are facing privatisation. Workers recently protested and the unions are considering a ballot for action.


Workers set to strike at BBC Radio

Workers at BBC Radio are to strike as members resist changes to job descriptions. Around 500 Bectu union and National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members will take part in short stoppages set for Wednesday of next week and 23 February. The strike will hit Radio 1, 2, 3 and Radio Five Live.


NUJ members at Manchester Evening News have voted to ballot for industrial action at the paper after bosses announced 27 editorial job losses.


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Sat 11 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1987
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