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Saturday 25 November 2000
MORE MEETINGS have taken place to organise opposition to Manchester City Council’s plans to shut 14 local housing offices. In Burnage 50 tenants heard the UNISON union debate with housing directors, which the union won. Another 25 tenants attended a meeting in Harpurhey, and in Hulme 30 came to a meeting organised by two local Labour councillors. Then last Friday 50 people attended a meeting organised by Newton Heath Labour Party. Lunchtime protests are now planned outside the threatened offices. A key date is 14 December, and the call has gone out for a mass demonstration.
- AROUND 40 people attended another angry meeting in Salford last week to plan action against the council’s plans for wholesale privatisation, demolitions of people’s homes, and closures of schools and residential homes. Hundreds of jobs are under threat and 400 children will be left without a local school.
- A CAMPAIGN has begun in Oxford to protest at a 3.8 million cuts package announced by the council. On Tuesday over 100 council workers, pensioners and anti-cuts activists lobbied the town hall.
THE CAMPAIGN against the closure of 15 play sites in Hammersmith and Fulham in west London is growing. It has the support of local parents, council trade unions, the London Socialist Alliance and a local Labour MP. Campaigners handed a 4,000-strong petition to 10 Downing Street last week, and angry parents met the council’s director of education. A lobby of the next council meeting on 29 November is planned.
- INLAND REVENUE civil servants, now working for private computer firm EDS, have voted by 342 to 124 to reject a 4 percent pay offer. Managers are threatening to impose the deal on staff. Negotiations are to continue.
- We don’t want the Tories back-stop these privatisation schemes. Public meeting called by Wycombe Trades Union Council with Keith White, Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Aylesbury. Tuesday 28 November, 8.30pm, GMB office, 108 London Road, High Wycombe.