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Newham council workers fight to defend their union

30 October 2007
MORE than 3,000 Newham council workers in east London were set to strike on Wednesday of this week in defence of their union.

Rally to defend Unison union in Newham

25 September 2007
The fight to reinstate Michael Gavan, chair of Newham Unison local government, was bolstered last week when a rally of 200 people was addressed by a range of speakers including film maker Ken Loach. Ken also introduced a special preview of his new film It’s A Free World.

Protest at suspension of the chair of Newham Unison

21 August 2007
Last week some 50 people attended a lively protest outside Newham town Hall in east London over the council’s attacks on the Unison branch chair Michael Gavan.

Newham council workers rally to defence of suspended union rep

14 August 2007
Workers at Newham council in east London have reacted with fury after the Labour-run council launched an attack on the Unison union.

Newham Unison branch chair suspended

09 August 2007
Newham Council has launched on an attack on the Unison Union. Michael Gavan, Unison branch chair has been suspended by the council and banned from any contact with union members.

Newham Respect councillor rejects media onslaught on crime

17 April 2007
Asif Karim is one of three Respect councillors in the Green Street West ward of Newham, east London.

Newham council attacks union reps for not striking

03 March 2007
The battle to prevent Newham’s Labour council from pushing through vicious attacks on working conditions continues.

Newham council threatens sackings

24 February 2007
The New Labour council in Newham, east London, took another step in its campaign of union busting last week when taxis carrying threatening letters arrived at the homes of refuse workers.

Respect blow to Labour Party in Newham

25 November 2006
In another blow to New Labour in east London, longstanding Labour Party member Haroon Juneja has joined Respect in Newham.

Newham walks out as revolt grows at single status pay cuts

28 October 2006
Around 500 refuse workers in the east London borough of Newham walked out spontaneously and unofficially on Thursday of last week over attempts to cut their pay.

Refuse workers walk out in Newham

21 October 2006
Around 500 refuse workers in the east London borough of Newham walked out unofficially and spontaneously today over attempts to cut their pay.

Forest Gate community unites to demand justice

24 June 2006
The 2,500 protesters who took to the streets of Newham, east London, last Sunday were united by their anger at the police’s recent "terror raid" in Forest Gate.

Victory for Queens Market campaign

24 June 2006
Community campaigners in Newham, east London, have scored a victory in their campaign to save Queens Market in Upton Park from being shut down and turned into a supermarket.

Newham residents plan protest over police raids

10 June 2006
A march is planned this Sunday to protest over the police raid on a house in Forest Gate, east London. The protest, set to begin at 2.30pm outside Forest Gate police station, on Romford Road, was announced at a packed 150-strong meeting hosted by Respect on Tuesday of this week.

Respect round-up

23 May 2006
Making a meal of the next step Over 200 Respect supporters attended a thank you meal in Newham, east London. Respect won three councillors in the borough in the local elections.

Respect councillor: ‘We are the opposition to New Labour here’

20 May 2006
Abdul Karim Sheikh, Respect councillor in Newham, east London, spoke to Socialist Worker after the successes in the local elections on 4 May

A stunning result for Respect in Newham

13 May 2006
Respect shattered the Labour stranglehold on the east London borough of Newham last week, winning a magnificent 20 percent in the mayoral election and 26 percent across the entirety of the council seats.

Respect local election results

06 May 2006
Salma Yaqoob wins in Sparkbrook – results for all council wards where Respect candidates stood and mayoral elections in Hackney and Newham. Results will appear as councils delcare on the night of Thursday 4 May or, for councils with mayoral elections, on Friday 5 May.

Respect makes gains in local elections

06 May 2006
In the borough of Tower Hamlets in east London, one of Labour’s historic heartlands, Respect has won a significant number of seats, making it a major player in that council. Further gains are expected there and in neighbouring Newham.

A chance to change Newham for the better

29 April 2006
Newham is at the centre of a political battle that has come to shape the growing opposition to New Labour and its "arrogance of power."

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