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Manchester


Solid strike at Jobcentre Plus

20 January 2011
Around 3,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union are striking today (Thursday) and tomorrow over attacks on their working conditions. Their action is severely hitting seven "contact centres"—former benefit processing centres—in Glasgow, Newport (Gwent), Norwich, Sheffield, Bristol, Makerfield and Manchester—that Jobcentre Plus management want to turn into call centres.

Letters

11 January 2011
How protest drove Nazi out of our city centre We found out that British National Party (BNP) candidate Gary Tumulty was working at a local Spar shop here in Manchester, after his details and picture were published online.

Rolling reports from student day of action, Wednesday 8 December

08 December 2010
Manchester University march and occupation Manchester students have now booked seven coaches to the national demonstration in London tomorrow.

Sponsor a demo student scheme a hit

07 December 2010
Manchester activists set up a "Sponsor a student protester" Facebook page, asking for donations to help students travel to London.

Northern Rail ballot over pay

07 December 2010
Members of the RMT union at Manchester’s local operator Northern Rail are balloting to strike over pay, in a dispute that could hit Christmas services.

News from Manchester University occupation

27 November 2010
Sent Friday evening

Students at Soas and Manchester Metropolitan universities occupy

22 November 2010
Around 100 students have occupied the Brunei Gallery at Soas (the School of Oriental and African Studies) in central London. They are protesting against the cuts in education and are asking the university's vice chancellor both to speak out against the cuts and to initiate a statement for other vice chancellors to sign.

Occupation at Manchester University

11 November 2010
Students at Manchester University have occupied a key administration building—which houses the vice-chancellor’s office—to protest against proposed cuts in higher education.

Barac meets in Manchester

09 November 2010
Over 70 people came to a public meeting in Manchester to discuss how black communities will be affected by the spending review.

Manchester campaign wins against academy

26 October 2010
A Tory council’s plans to close two schools and turn them into an academy have been foiled in Manchester.

Manchester taxi drivers may strike

19 October 2010
Taxi drivers in Manchester have threatened "a winter of strikes" in protest at council plans to introduce a new penalty points scheme.

UCU to hold special HE conference

19 October 2010
The UCU lecturers’ union will hold a special sector conference in Manchester on 25 November.

Save South Manchester Law Centre

19 October 2010

Save law centre in Manchester

12 October 2010
Activists were to protest to defend South Manchester Law Centre on Wednesday of this week.

Tribunal win for victimised worker

12 October 2010
Steve Acheson, a blacklisted electrician, won an Employment Tribunal last week in Manchester against the Beaver Management Services agency.

Labour right mourns after Ed Miliband's victory

28 September 2010
The Labour Party’s arch-Blairites rallied at Manchester’s Comedy Store last Sunday—but there were more tears than laughter after David Miliband’s defeat in the Labour leadership election.

A morale boost in Manchester

21 September 2010
Workers at Grimshaw Lane cleansing and ground maintenance in Manchester have won a victory against their bosses over monitoring.

Carol Ann Duffy and friends

14 September 2010
Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s first female Poet Laureate—and the first lesbian to hold the title—is hosting a series of evenings of poetry and music in Manchester.

Manchester college at Acas

31 August 2010
Lecturers at Manchester College have called off planned strikes for talks at conciliation service Acas.

Stop the War hold BBC protest

24 August 2010
Campaigners from Manchester Stop the War protested at the BBC last Sunday after its biased Panorama programme about the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. The programme presented Israeli commandos, who killed nine aid activists, as the victims.

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