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Universities & Schools

Students at Glasgow University staged a "die-in" outside the Student Representative Council offices last week.

Civil servants

Many delegates at the PCS national forum for pay negotiators were angry at the government's tight restrictions on civil service pay.

In Brief

Some 120 people packed into a meeting in York last week to fight proposals to build a shopping centre next to the historic Clifford's Tower.

Unions united in solidarity

Some 1,300 council workers in Knowsley, members of the public sector union UNISON, struck on Thursday of last week against our bosses' plans to make us work longer hours. The strike was absolutely solid across the council.

Union Rights - Unofficial Action

Willerby Holiday Homes was shut down on Thursday and Friday of last week after 300 UCATT union members staged an unofficial strike in support of their demands for full time on-site shop stewards.

Postal workers

Royal Mail workers across Britain are voting on the latest pay deal. After months of negotiations, management and union leaders have agreed a 3.2 percent increase.

Defending asylum seekers

Around 250 people marched through Leicester last Saturday in solidarity with asylum seekers following the death of Ramin Khaleghi, the refugee who took his own life two weeks ago.

Alder case

The Police Federation has failed in its latest attempt to overturn the Christopher Alder inquest verdict of unlawful killing.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Over 120 firefighters attended a Holocaust memorial meeting at London Fire Brigade headquarters.

Israel elects war criminal Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon, the man responsible for the massacre of 2,000 Palestinian refugees in West Beirut in 1982, is now the head of the only nuclear power in the Middle East.

Vauxhall-power to save jobs

Vauxhall's giant Luton car plant was silent last Thursday. The entire workforce had called in sick in protest at the plan by multinational owners General Motors to close the factory, sack thousands of workers and devastate the town.

Build the resistance

Hackney's defiant fightback

Around 5,000 council workers in Hackney, east London, struck for three days this week in a defiant response to cuts pushed through by the ruling Labour-Tory coalition. Max Caller, the council's managing director, and Labour leader Jules Pipe say the council's workers are overpaid and have too many holidays. "Caller gets £150,000 a year. How dare he tell people who work their guts out for £13,000 a year that they are overpaid," striking UNISON member Jane Brockway told Socialist Worker on Monday.

Tube strike dates set

Tube workers in London were set to strike on Monday after a magnificent vote for action to stop privatisation wrecking health and safety. Tube bosses were threatening to go to the courts to try and undermine the action as Socialist Worker went to press.

Teachers reach breaking point

Over 1,200 London teachers packed into the most militant rally called by the National Union of Teachers for 14 years on Tuesday of this week. They were in an angry and confident mood. NUT general secretary Doug McAvoy announced a limited form of action-not covering for vacant posts-to win increased London pay and end the scandal of teacher shortages.

Rolls vote

Workers at Rolls-Royce have voted by four to one for strikes to save jobs. The giant aero engineering group wants to cut 1,300 jobs and transfer work from Coventry to Canada. "We feel completely betrayed after years of working our guts out for the company," said a Rolls worker. "We are not going to let globalisation take our jobs." The first of a series of walkouts will hit Rolls in Coventry next week.

Dudley strikers debate New Labour - and win

Two Labour MPs were shouted down by 350 Dudley health strikers on Monday. But striker and Socialist Alliance candidate Angela Thompson won a standing ovation.

Fight is on for council housing

We had a marvellous lobby of parliament in defence of council housing on Wednesday of last week. Some 22 city tenants federations, over 45 individual tenants associations, and 85 trade union branches and trades councils united with anti-privatisation campaigns.

The jobs slasher

Steel giant Corus was expected to announce 5,000 to 7,000 job cuts this week. The announcement will be made by Corus chairman Sir Brian Moffat (above). His pay packet last year was a basic salary of £477,223, "benefits" worth £43,009, extra pension contributions of £19,709, and the right to take a profit on 611,000 shares.

United against global capital

The mood in Luton last Saturday summed up how many workers in Britain feel today. Everyone in the town feels gutted by General Motors' decision to close the Vauxhall plant, but at the same time people want resistance. Over 10,000 car workers, local people and other trade unionists marched through Luton last Saturday.

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