School students march in London
Fifty school students took part in a die-in last Saturday to remember the dead of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Lebanon. This was during a weekend when the establishment picks and chooses which of the dead we are to remember.
The die-in, organised by School Students Against War (SSAW), assembled at Grosvenor Square, in central London. The students then moved off in a spontaneous march to applause from the public.
Liverpool saw 15 people take part in a die-in called by SSAW.
For more information go to www.ssaw.org.uk or phone 0778 8513 563.
Remembering the dead in Hackney
About 100 people gathered last Saturday outside Hackney Town Hall, east London, for a candle-lit vigil to remember the civilians and soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They heard a range of speakers, including Anwar Lohiya, Muslim chaplain at a local hospital, poet and broadcaster Mike Rosen, Green councillor Mischa Borris, Hamza Tsortsis from Hackney Muslim Organisation, and Taylan Sahbaz, a Respect member from the Turkish and Kurdish community organisation Day Mer (speaking in a personal capacity).
The common theme was an end to the occupation of Iraq and to Islamophobia.
Canterbury vigil against war
Canterbury’s vigil for the dead of Iraq and Afghanistan took place at the cathedral gates on Saturday afternoon. Some 30 people listened to speeches from anti-war campaigners and community leaders.
Warwick students get organised
Some 280 people came to a meeting in Warwick university on Islamophobia and war with George Galloway MP.
Other speakers included professor Colin Crouch, a lecturer who is on the managing committee of the Compass thinktank, Zubada Akhtar, who is from Birmingham Stop the War and a Unison shop steward.
The meeting organised by student Stop the War was on Wednesday of last week.
Lucy Ayrton & Anna Bogdanova
Student Respect conference
The student Respect conference takes place on Sunday 3 December, in SOAS central London.
Workshops include Racism, Islamophobia And Civil Liberties, Latin America, Palestine, Education Today, and Climate Change.
For more information and to register, contact your university Student Respect group, phone 07886 226515 or e-mail [email protected]
Leeds NHS march
Hundreds of campaigners, including many NHS workers, marched through Leeds last Saturday to defend the NHS.
The demonstration was jointly organised by the local branches of the Royal College of Nursing and the Unison union in protest at the threat to services and jobs caused by a financial crisis.
Marchers congregated in the centre of the city as they held a rally in the main shopping street, and heard speakers pledge to carry on fighting to keep the NHS working.
A campaign has been launched over ward mergers at Homerton hospital in Hackney, east London. The merger of two wards will mean the loss of beds and staff posts. Workers are to hold mass meetings to determine how to defend services.
Anti-academies conference, Institute of Education, London. Saturday 25 November.
For details e-mail [email protected] Speakers include Melissa Benn, Terry Wrigley, Stephen Ball, Francis Beckett and Tony Benn.
UCU left conference
UCU left conference, Saturday 25 November, Manchester Mechanics Institute, 11am-4pm. See www.uculeft.org
Manchester Fujitsu workers vote for strike
The result of the ballot of over 300 Amicus members at Fujitsu Manchester was declared on Thursday of last week with a 73 percent majority for strike action and 87 percent for action short of a strike.
The first strike day will be on Monday 20 November. Reps plan a rally outside the Central Park site at 12.30pm on this day, followed by a march to a members’ meeting where further action will be discussed.
The dispute is over company attacks on union recognition, redundancy and redeployment rights, as well as for better pay.
Fujitsu, like most IT companies, doesn’t generally recognise unions, so this fight is key to defending and extending union organisation in the industry.
For updates, full details of the dispute and an appeal for support go to www.ourunion.org.uk
Remploy workers demonstrate in Stirling
Some 150 trade union activists and Remploy workers from across Britain converged on Stirling, the constituency of Anne McGuire MP, last Saturday. She is the minister for disabled people.
The demonstration was upbeat and lively, with the chant of “Sack the Board” ringing out.
The message went out loud and clear that workers and trade unions will not accept any attack on the factory network by Remploy senior management or by the government under the guise of modernisation.
We will continue the fight.
Derek Milligan, GMB shop steward, Dundee Remploy
TSSA action at GNER
Around 800 members of the TSSA rail workers’ union at the GNER company launched industrial action short of a strike on Friday of last week over job security.
The workers had also voted to strike.
Talks last weekend between the union and the company resulted in a new agreement.
Aslef suspends One strikes
The Aslef train drivers’ union last week suspended strikes planned at the One company in the east of England after anew pay offer.