HP Sauce workers: no outsourcing
Up to 500 people marched through Aston in Birmingham last Saturday to save the 125 jobs at the local HP Sauce plant. The jobs are due to be transferred to Holland following a take-over by Heinz.
The demonstration was addressed by T&G union deputy general secretary Jack Dromey and Khalid Mahmood MP. There was a determined mood that the jobs can be saved.
Zeff Qurreshi, joint senior steward for the T&G at the HP plant, told Socialist Worker, “This should mark a special day in Aston where the people have stood against corporate greed. We’re going to take them on all the way.”
BBC protest against brutality
Around 40 media workers in the NUJ and Bectu unions protested outside the BBC in central London on Monday after a police attack on BBC journalists in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Dina Samak and Dina Gamee, both NUJ members, were attacked after covering a meeting of the general assembly of the Journalists’ Syndicate on 25 May.
Arwa Assem, the NUJ rep at the BBC’s Arabic Services department, told Socialist Worker, “We are condemning the attacks and showing our solidarity with the jounalists.
“They were letting the world know what is happening in Egypt and they were attacked. We were letting them know that the NUJ will always be with them.”
Strike sparked by restructuring
Teachers at a school in Lancashire struck on Thursday of last week over controversial pay proposals.
The action by teachers, at Fred Longworth school in Tyldesley, has led to a formal NUT union ballot over further strike action at other schools in the borough.
Anger has grown following government “restructuring” proposals which involve rewarding teachers for extra responsibility for teaching and learning, rather than for management and administration.
The NUT at the school has said that one of its members stands to lose over £11,000 under the changes.
Tell New Labour how education is
The launch of the Tell It Like It Is campaign, which is challenging the way that the education system fails black children, will take place on Saturday 17 June outside 10 Downing Street at 11am.
There have been a number of big, angry meetings around the recent book of the same name which have led to the campaign.
The campaign is based around five key demands on the government. The launch will be followed by a national demonstration in central London on 4 November.
BNP not welcome in Lancaster
There was a packed meeting in Lancaster last week against the Nazi BNP’s decision to stand in Lancaster city council’s Skelton West by-election.
Lancaster Unite Against Fascism coordinated the meeting.
Most of the ward received Unite leaflets last Saturday.
Taxi drivers switch off their engines
Taxi drivers in Burnley struck last week against the borough council’s plans to re-licence their cars three times a year.
This will increase their running costs. The drivers say they will strike until the matter is resolved.