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Support Raytheon anti-war protests

Fife Stop The War Coalition was to protest on Thursday of this week outside the Raytheon arms manufacturing facility in Glenrothes.

Raytheon produced the guidance software for the missiles used by the Israeli army in its attack on areas of Lebanon.

The protest date was chosen to coincide with the appearance in court in Northern Ireland of nine activists, including Eamonn McCann, for their part in an occupation of Raytheon’s facility in Derry.

They are charged with “aggravated burglary with intent to cause unlawful damage” and “unlawful assembly”. The charges are “scheduled offences” under “anti-terrorist” laws and, can be heard before a Diplock, or no jury, court.

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Chep workers ready to strike

Workers at Chep UK in Pontefract, South Yorkshire, are to strike for five days from Monday 18 September.

They have already struck for three days over pay, sackings and the general attitude of management. More than 120 staff from the pallet and container company, members of the GMB, are involved.

Recently all the workers who had been at Chep for less than a year were dismissed.

A few days later they were replaced by Polish agency workers.

The strike is about the sackings, not that the agency workers are Polish.

Chep is part of the Brambles group of firms which recently announced profits of $1.46 billion.

Remploy march to stop job cuts

Hundreds of disabled workers protested over plans to close 37 factories at a national demonstration in Liverpool last Saturday.

Bosses at Remploy, which is partly funded by the government, are reviewing the future of the 81 British factories.

Thousands of jobs are at stake.

The march was led by Tony Woodley and Paul Kenny, the general secretaries of the T&G and GMB unions.

Alec McFadden, president of Merseyside trades council, said, “The government goes on about trying to get people off benefits and back into work, yet it wants to close down these factories. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Heathrow Express faces a slow down

Members of the RMT rail workers’ union at Heathrow Express have voted overwhelmingly for strike action after the company refused to budge from three-year pay offer.

Over 60 workers were to strike on Thursday of this week, Monday of next week, Thursday 21 September and Monday 25 September.

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Sat 9 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2017
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