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College Workers

24 July 2004
EIGHT WEEKS ago management at City & Islington College announced the immediate closure of the engineering department. They said it was a "failing" department. They gave no guarantee that there would be no compulsory redundancies.


06 December 2003
ABOUT 1,600 council tenants in TOLLINGTON, north Islington, have voted against the privatisation of their homes.

Institutional child abuse

29 November 2003
NEW LABOUR ministers jumped to the defence of children's minister Margaret Hodge last week after her dismissal of a child abuse victim in an Islington care home as "extremely disturbed". The whole affair has typified the double standards that are a hallmark of New Labour.

Defend council housing

01 November 2003
MORE THAN 100 tenants attended a meeting on Wednesday of last week to oppose the sell-off of three council estates in Tollington, north Islington, with a total of 1,500 homes. Speakers included local Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn and Nick Strauss, who detailed the broken promises that have followed transfer on the privatised Haggerston estate in Hackney.


18 October 2003
HIGHBURY Resource Centre and the Flexiteam in Islington council, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, has been subjected to a "Best Value Review".

Assistants get support

12 July 2003
SOME 30 parents and teachers attended a meeting at Moreland Primary School in Islington, north London, last week to protest against cuts. Moreland is one of ten schools in Islington with a budget shortfall. That is leading to bigger classes, the scrapping of 1.8 teaching posts and redundancies for two teaching assistants.

Battle at critical stage

24 May 2003
"WE'VE NOW got to go out and win a resounding vote against this deal on the stations, and then at the recalled conference." With those words Paul Embury from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) at Islington station, north London, summed up the feeling of many hundreds of activists in the union.

Defend council housing

24 May 2003
COUNCIL TENANTS and trade unionists face major battles in the coming months as the government presses ahead with its plans to privatise council homes. Some 125,000 council homes are targeted in the coming year in 17 major councils for straightforward transfer to housing associations, dubbed Large Scale Voluntary Transfers, from Manchester and Hartlepool to Lambeth and Islington.

Your reports on anti-war protests

12 April 2003
SOME 120 students at City and Islington College, north London, turned up to the Camden Road site to hear a dance, rap and song performance for peace last week. The programme ranged from rap to a recital of Harold Pinter's "New World Order" and a performance of a song by Bertolt Brecht.

Gun games smear is not just child's play

22 March 2003
IS TRUTH at the Rupert Murdoch owned Times Education Supplement (TES) the first casualty of war? That's the question being asked by parents at New River Green nursery in Islington, London.

£73,661 raised so far

26 October 2002
"SOCIALIST WORKER reaches the parts the mainstream press doesn't. Its tireless support for workers in struggle, including firefighters, and its persistent exposure of the failings of capitalism makes it compulsive reading. I would recommend it to all those involved in the fight for justice, peace and socialism." Paul Embery, Branch Secretary Islington FBU

Anti-Nazi and anti-racist

14 September 2002
SUPPORTERS OF the Anti Nazi League launched a leafleting campaign in Brislington, in Bristol, after the area was targeted by the Nazi BNP. The Nazis distributed their propaganda after a local meeting with BNP leader Griffin.

Arsenal stadium

15 December 2001
Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside a meeting of Islington council in north London on Monday against plans for a new Arsenal football club stadium. The proposals are about big business trampling over the needs of ordinary people.

'We won't let management stifle debate'

29 September 2001
POSTAL WORKERS in north London walked out unofficially last week in defence of union rep Mark Dolan and the right to free speech at work. Mark, who works at the giant NDO office in Islington, was involved in a discussion with fellow workers over the suicide attack on the World Trade Centre.

Meeting sends out clear signal

24 February 2001
A meeting called by the Fire Brigades Union in north London to oppose privatisation and support tube workers showed the potential for solidarity with the fight to stop the tube sell-off. Some 120 people came to the meeting in Islington on Thursday of last week. There were groups of firefighters, post office workers, tube drivers and station staff, teachers, council workers and others.

Red card for Arsenal plan

20 January 2001
At a public consultation meeting last week in Islington, north London, held to consider Arsenal football club's multi-million pound redevelopment plans, a middle-aged woman stared the Lib Dem deputy council leader in the eyes. She was following a series of speakers, all of whom were up in arms at the club's big business plans.

Help us raise £175,000

27 November 1999
THE MONEY collected for the Socialist Worker appeal has now reached £143,075.71. Workplace collections continue to come in. Workers at the London Fire Authority have now contributed £124. Other workplace collections include: Glasgow Council social work £47, TNT News Fast £15, Islington Green School £20, Wiltshire Mental Health £7, Holborn Housing £5, Greenwich council £4.50.

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