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Tower Hamlets


Council workers

09 March 2002
Towering success for union Thousands of council workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, struck on Thursday of last week against attacks on their employment conditions. Housing offices, parking, administration, libraries, and rent, benefits and repair services were all shut.

Council workers

02 March 2002
At a packed meeting last week 300 council workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, voted unanimously to go ahead with strike action, starting with a one-day strike across the borough on Thursday of this week.

Trading ideas

23 February 2002
At a Marxist forum in Tower Hamlets, east London, last week, Sarah Danchie, an economics student from Queen Mary and Westfield College, joined 30 others to debate imperialism, globalisation, the state and war. Sarah was among 18 others who had come for their first time to a Marxist forum:

Glasgow & Tower Hamlets

09 February 2002
The Scottish Executive announced last week that it is to give £300 million of public money to shore up the plan to privatise Glasgow's council homes. New Labour is prepared to throw still more public money in to push the privatisation through in a tenants' ballot due to get under way in March. Glasgow is just one of the major privatisation plans coming to a head.

Councils

22 December 2001
Council Workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, have voted by a two to one margin for strikes against attacks on their conditions. The Labour council wants to push through a series of attacks, including harsher sickness and disciplinary procedures, cuts to holidays and worse Christmas working arrangements.

Tower Hamlets

20 January 2001
Governors at George Green secondary school in east London's Tower Hamlets voted on Monday to reject being part of the New Labour council's plan to introduce a borough-wide PFI privatisation scheme. The vote is a boost to the fight to sink the scheme. The council wants 47 schools in the borough to be part of the PFI scheme involving a deal with giant firm Babcock and Brown. A lobby against the sell-off was planned outside the borough-wide governors' meeting on Thursday.

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