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Issue No. 1998

Rose Gentle (right) on the Military Families protest in Clydebank (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Rose Gentle (right) on the Military Families protest in Clydebank (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Military Families in Clydebank

Protesters, Rose Gentle among them, leafleted Clydebank shopping centre this week against the British army launching a recruitment drive targeted at deprived areas. The protest, called by Military Families Against the War, was successful in closing the army recruitment stall and was well received by the vast majority of shoppers

Higher education marking boycott

University lecturers were continuing their marking boycott over pay this week. The Natfhe and AUT unions had been excluded from talks with the employers after refusing to suspend the boycott.

The unions and the employers met at the Acas conciliation service last week. Talks were set to continue on Tuesday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press.

The unions have said that they will step up their action if the dispute continues.

Stop Climate Change

Around 150 people took part last Saturday in Cardiff’s first ever march for action on climate change. The protest was called by Cardiff Campaign against Climate Change.

Julian Rosser, director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, asked people to back the Big Ask campaign for an act of Parliament that would hold the government to a plan to cut emissions by 3 percent a year.

There were also speakers from Respect, Plaid Cymru Youth and the Green Party.

Taran O’Sullivan and Adam Johannes

Allied Glass

Some 200 workers, members of the T&G union at Allied Glass Containers in Leeds, took strike action last Friday.

They were protesting that the employer had rejected a 3 percent wage demand and said that rising energy costs meant no pay increase at all this year.

A T&G union rep told Socialist Worker, “Since this new management team came in a few years back, we’ve seen big attacks on our conditions, with our final salary pension scheme replaced with a money purchase scheme.”

The workers are planning action for the next four Fridays.

Andy Lawson
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Sat 29 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1998
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