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Issue 2422

National Gallery privatisation halted

National Gallery bosses have suspended their threat to privatise up to two thirds of their staff. 

They will now have talks with the PCS union, which represents members in the gallery.

This follows a 98.5 percent vote to strike by PCS members at the gallery, and a public campaign that thousands backed.

Sign the petition against privatisation at the National Gallery 

Defend Cops Off Campus protesters

A trial for students arrested on the Cops Off Campus protests against police brutality last year was set to begin on Tuesday of next week.

Four people were charged out of 43 arrested. 

Thousands protested in reponse to the arrests, and a crackdown on student protest on University of London’s central London campuses.

The trial is also set to continue the following day.

Focus E15 occupation shows up housing crisis

Housing campaigners occupied empty homes on the Carpenters Estate in Newham, east London, last week.

Much of the estate stands empty and boarded up, even as a housing crisis grips the borough.

The action was called by the Focus E15 campaign, which was launched last year by young mothers facing homelessness due to cuts.

Occupiers hung banners outside, reading “This home needs  people. These people need a home.”

Vote TUSC in north London by-election

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing a candidate in a council by-election in Haringey, north London.

Housing worker Vivek Lehal is standing in the Woodside ward. 

The election takes place on Wednesday of next week. 

To help the campaign contact [email protected]

Justice for Rubel Ahmed protest

A protest outside the Home Office calling for answers over the death of 26 year old Bangladeshi migrant Rubel Ahmed took place on Tuesday of this week.

Rubel was found dead in his cell at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincoln earlier this month.

Fellow inmates said he had been complaining of chest pains and been calling for help, but none arrived.


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