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Issue No. 1994

Fighting against the deportation of Djillali Salemkour (Pic: Norwich Stop The War)

Fighting against the deportation of Djillali Salemkour (Pic: Norwich Stop The War)


Free Djillali

Campaigners in Norwich are fighting against the deportation of Djillali Salemkour, who has lived in Britain for 13 years. Djillali was born in Paris to Algerian parents. He cared for his wife, Doreen, prior to her death. After her death his right to remain in Britain was challenged. For more information e-mail freedjillali@yahoo.co.uk


Cottam workers have shown power

Workers at Cottam power station near Nottingham were back at work this week after winning new guarantees from mangement.

The construction workers walked out unofficially last month against the exploitation of migrant workers and the undermining of the national agreement.

Their united action has forced managers to offer a new deal. Frank Senior, a GMB union official, told Socialist Worker, “A number of factors have been put on the table that the workers have agreed to, but we still need to get them clarified.

“There are meetings with management this week to do this.”


No victimisations in the DWP

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) bosses in Chesterfield have launched an investigation into the alleged actions of Gill Whittaker, the PCS civil servants’ union branch secretary of Derbyshire.

Gill has been organising picketing against overtime working as part of the PCS union’s campaign against 40,000 job losses in the DWP.

The PCS branch has voted to take strike action if Gill Whittaker is disciplined. A public meeting with Frances O’Grady, the deputy general secretary of the TUC, was held on Monday of this week against the cuts and victimisations.


Action gets the stamp of approval

PCS civil service workers’ union members in the Passport Agency have voted overwhelmingly to strike over the fact they have still not received their 2005 pay offer.

Some 91.3 percent of people voted to strike on a 51 percent turnout. One worker said, “Management have been taken aback by the size of this vote. The union should not waste this mood but strike quickly.”


Join the march for justice for Nuur

Campaigners have called a picket of Plumstead police station, south east London, for this Saturday 1 April at 1.30pm to protest at the suspicious death of 22 year old Somali man Nuur Saeed after a police raid.

E-mail justicefornuurcampaign@googlemail.com


BNP loses council seat in Keighley

The nazi British National Party (BNP) lost a key council seat on Thursday of last week. They were defeated by Labour in a by-election in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

John Campbell, chair of Yorkshire and Humberside Unite Against Fascism, said he was “delighted” by the result.

He particularly welcomed the Labour candidate’s efforts to expose racist myths about Asian paedophile gangs that the BNP had peddled in Keighley.

The best way to campaign against the fascists was to “challenge the racism they thrive on”, he added.


Civil liberties

Parliament Square protester Brian Haw was arrested along with a fellow protester, Barbara Tucker, last Sunday.

Barbara Tucker was arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act which prohibits unauthorised protest around parliament, despite having notified the police that she would be demonstrating. Brian was arrested when he declined to hand over one of his banners to the police which Ms Tucker had been holding.


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Sat 1 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1994
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