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Issue No. 2006

Lewisham young people in protest

People gathered in Lewisham, south London, last Saturday to protest against a dispersal order that targets young people on Lewisham high street.

The dispersal order means that if you’re a young person in a group of two or more and you refuse to leave, you can face up to three months imprisonment and/or a fine up to £2,500.

On Saturday there was a mini-rally organised by Student Respect which made the people of Lewisham aware of the dispersal order.

There was also a petition urging Lewisham council to withdraw their support for the dispersal order and invest in more facilities for young people. There will be further rallies on Saturdays. There are also plans for a march through Lewisham on 12 August.

Remi Arnold


Postal workers walk out in Antrim

Around 30 postal workers in Antrim, Northern Ireland, walked out spontaneously on Monday after a CWU union member was suspended.

Workers in the office say that the events are a continuation of the bullying and harassment which took place in Belfast earlier this year and led to a major 18-day unofficial strike in February.

A CWU member told Socialist Worker, “After the Belfast strike there was a review into employee relations. But Antrim was not included in that, even though it is only 20 miles away. We want a review in this office as well.

“Management were offered a way out of this dispute, but they kept on with demands that were certain to cause trouble.”

Work resumed on Tuesday after assurances from management that grievances would be examined.


Strike needed to get Wembley pay

Wembley stadium steel erectors had to strike last week to get their wages. On the first day they occupied the canteen.

About 50 staff came out for two days after they were told they would lose two weeks money. The workers, members of the GMB union, were working for the employment agency Fast Track for Hollandia.

This agency then went into liquidation. Workers returned to work after the money was paid and another contractor took over the workers’ employment.

Jon Ryan steel erector, Wembley


GMB says no to the super merger

Delegates at the recent GMB union conference revolted against the creation of a “super union” through merger with the Amicus and T&G unions.

Representatives of the GMB’s 600,000 members feared its strong regional set-up would be badly affected by the plan.

The T&G and Amicus plan to continue merger moves.

The GMB conference unanimously backed demands that Britain should “never again” be involved in an illegal war and to continue affiliation to the Stop the War Coalition.


Public services lobby

Public sector union activists will lobby parliament against privatisation and for public services on Tuesday.

The rally commences at 12 noon at Methodist Central Hall. Dave Fegan, of the PCS civil service workers’ union in Southampton, told Socialist Worker, “There is a coach coming up from Southampton. People are really angry about the way the government is undermining public services.”

Unions involved include Aslef, CWU, FBU, Napo, NASUWT, Natfhe, NUJ, NUS, NUT, POA, RMT and TSSA.


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Sat 24 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2006
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