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OVER 100 people marched to the Devonport Trident dockyard in Plymouth last Saturday and held a rally outside the main gates.


SOME 300 bus workers in Hampshire employed by multinational transport firm First Group have held two days of strike action in a dispute over pay. Drivers and engineers, members of the TGWU union, went on strike last Friday and Monday after being offered an 18 pence an hour rise.

William Cook

STRIKING engineering workers hope to win their employment tribunal claims against the William Cook firm in Sheffield. The 60 strikers have stood up to lockouts, closures and redundancies in the long running dispute over union-busting.


OIL TANKER drivers at P&O are balloting on strikes over threatened pay cuts. A TGWU union spokesperson says more than 100 workers in P&O Trans European's freight division will receive ballot papers.

In brief

OVER 100 people, including former MP Tony Benn, marched in London on Sunday in protest at sanctions on Iraq. The march ended at Downing Street, where a group of protesters camped down for a 72-hour vigil and fast. The protest was organised by campaigning groups Voices in the Wilderness UK, Act Together and Women in Black.

Rankin Maternity Unit

MORE THAN 500 people joined a protest to save the Rankin Maternity Unit in Greenock near Glasgow last Saturday. The new head of the unitary health board, John Mullins, had stated two days earlier that the review of maternity services in Inverclyde was to be "shelved".

Civil service

THE CIVIL servants' PCS union is balloting over 300 members for all-out strike action in the Brent and Streatham Jobcentre Plus Pathfinder pilots. The mood is excellent, with over 100 members at an evening rally last week headed by general secretary elect Mark Serwotka and Brian Butterworth from Brent UNISON.

Kids Before Quids

EDUCATION campaigners will march in Leicester this Saturday against the scandal of rotten facilities for children. More than 90 children at Heatherbrook Primary School in Leicester are being taught in three mobile classrooms which health and safety officers have deemed potentially hazardous.

Join us to back council housing

"THE GOVERNMENT is determinedly pushing the privatisation of 328,000 homes. It has assembled a taskforce to help overcome tenants' opposition. "Arms Length Companies" are being reworked as an "alternative" which in reality will neatly package our homes ready for a second wave of privatisation. The housing association lobby increasingly echoes the demands of the big lenders and bankers. "Businesslike'' housing associations are failing to house the vulnerable and homeless. Paid board members will displace tenants, and encourage mergers and rationalisation. Housing association chief executives' salaries and payoffs soar into six figures. By introducing "market forces" into counci

Sparks of resistance

CONSTRUCTION workers at several sites across Britain have seized the opportunity to win better pay through industrial action. Electricians, pipe fitters and welders on the South Tees Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospital in Middlesbrough are the latest to take action. They held a 48-hour sit-in at the end of last month after they found out one of their bosses was secretly photographing the 150 workers during lunch and tea breaks.

Serial killers

SAFETY campaigners protested in Canary Wharf, east London, last week at the seventh death of a construction worker in the area. On Wednesday of last week a 44 year old man from Northern Ireland was decapitated while working on the DS8 building at the commerce centre. Two of his workmates were left deeply traumatised.

Minimum wage

OVER 40 local members of faith groups and trade unions joined a lively lobby of the "Women in Docklands Ball" last week in support of TELCO's campaign for a living wage for all workers in Docklands. TELCO is The East London Communities Organisation. Tickets for the ball, held in the swish new Four Seasons Hotel at Canary Wharf, cost £100 each.

After Genoa

A GLOBALISE Resistance reportback meeting from the protests against the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, attracted 300 people to Conway Hall in central London on Thursday of last week.


POLICE THREATS have again stopped the screening of the film Injustice. The film documents the struggle for justice of families whose members have died in police custody.


JOINERY WORKERS in the GMB union at Jeld-Wen, Lowestoft, entered their third week of one-day strikes this week against management pay freezes and cuts over many years.

Council workers

OVER 100 social workers in Newham, east London, will strike again next Monday. This latest 24-hour walkout is part of UNISON's campaign for fair and equal treatment for all social workers in the borough.

Old people's homes

WORKERS ON Merseyside are raising money for the Sefton council workers fighting to save services for the elderly and disabled. Some 900 social services workers in Sefton council have held six days of strike action to stop the closure of six facilities.

Boom and bust is back again

PAUL O'NEILL, the US Treasury Secretary, last week exuded the feelgood conservatism typical of George Bush's administration. "I am an unqualified optimist about the economic potential of the world," he told the Financial Times...

Council workers

STRIKING CARE workers in Sefton, Merseyside, are at the centre of efforts by campaigners across Britain to stop the mounting closures of council care homes for the elderly and for children.

Genoa mood spans globe

THE PROTESTS in Genoa and across Italy were only the most visible signs of global resistance to capitalism last week. In India and South Africa workers held strikes and protests...

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