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Issue No. 1989

Send your support to Rhetta Moran

The trade unionist and researcher Rhetta Moran was sacked from Salford university last year. She carried out research into the deficiencies in support local asylum seekers suffered.

Her employment tribunal began on Monday. The NUJ journalists’ union is supporting her case.

E-mail messages of support to the Manchester NUJ office, or phone 07776 264 646

Schools assistants revolt in Cheshire

Hundreds of low paid school workers in Cheshire struck on Thursday of last week and lobbied the county council in Chester.

The action by administration staff and teaching assistants in the Unison union was in protest over the imposition of the national single status deal.

It is supposed to harmonise conditions between manual and white collar workers. But Cheshire is the latest example where the deal is leading to major pay cuts.

Ten schools were closed and units for children with special needs were disrupted at about 13 other schools. Work in special needs education is one of the hardest jobs in schools.

Nina Hammill

Sheffield march against job cuts

Sheffield trade unionists have organised a march and rally against job cuts for this Saturday.

PCS civil service workers’ union members will be marching against Gordon Brown’s jobs cull.

The protest will also take up the issue of local fire service cuts, 750 job losses at the steel firm Outu Kumpu and Littlewoods shop closures.

Marchers will also be opposing the attacks on final salary pensions and the ongoing privatisation of the NHS.

Demonstrate Saturday 25 February, assemble 11am at the DfES building for march to town hall for rally.

G8 protesters celebrate success

Two protesters charged after taking part in a blockade of the G8 summit in Scotland last summer were found not guilty of breach of the peace in Perth sheriff court last week.

Pamela Smith and Keith Malcolm were arrested during a demonstration in which a group of anti-capitalist protesters blocked the A823 with a vehicle, preventing dignitaries, staff and police from reaching the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

Tube strike halted after concessions

The Aslef and RMT rail unions suspended a strike by London Underground drivers planned for this week after union officials reported progress in talks with management.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, “The company has confirmed that it will not impose a range of new procedures.”

Glasgow Stop the War Coalition

About 120 people attended a meeting organised by Glasgow Stop the War Coalition last week. Walter Wolfgang, who was roughly escorted out of the Labour Party conference last year for heckling foreign secretary Jack Straw, was the main speaker.

Walter said that it was hypocrisy for Britain and the US to accuse Iran of breaking the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, when both have stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

He has been protesting for 50 years and urged everyone to join him on the protest in London on 18 March.

Gill Hubbard

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Sat 25 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1989
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