Socialist Worker

Manchester


DAF

28 February 2004
ELEVEN electricians in Manchester are continuing their nine-month struggle against their former employer DAF. The workers were sacked last May. They have picketed sites in Manchester ever since in their fight for justice.

NHS

28 February 2004
PORTERS AND domestic staff at North Manchester General Hospital are balloting for strike action over pay. They are employed by multinational ISS Mediclean, which is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the creeping privatisation of the NHS.

Hutton reaction

07 February 2004
THERE WAS a great response to a Stop the War Coalition stall in central Manchester last Saturday as campaigners petitioned against Hutton and called for an independent inquiry. Activists were also building support for the demonstration at the Labour spring conference at 12 noon, Saturday 13 March, GMEX centre, Manchester.

Great start in battle to defeat the BNP in Manchester

24 January 2004
A BUZZ went around the meeting room as 450 people crammed into Manchester town hall for an anti-racist rally on Thursday of last week.

Rail Workers

10 January 2004
TRAM DRIVERS in Manchester welcomed in the new year by going on strike for union recognition.

Construction

10 January 2004
I AM one of a group of electricians working on the Piccadilly No 1 project in Manchester.

Anti-privatisation

29 November 2003
A DETERMINED campaign and the threat of industrial action has defeated an attempted partial privatisation of services at Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Unison branch chair Tony Wilson told Socialist Worker that the important campaign had lasted two and a half years.

Walkout brings win in Oldham

29 November 2003
AN UNOFFICIAL walkout by over 200 postal workers in Oldham, Greater Manchester, won a victory last week. Members of the CWU union walked out at 7am on Tuesday of last week in a dispute over the handling of a backlog of mail that built up during other recent industrial action.

British politics at the crossroads

15 November 2003
Manchester OVER 300 people packed into a lecture hall at Manchester's UMIST university to hear George Galloway MP, Salma Yaqoob from Birmingham Stop the War Coalition and John Rees from the Socialist Alliance.

Defending refugees

15 November 2003
OVER 100 people joined a protest in Manchester last Saturday against the government's harsh treatment of asylum seekers.

Police racism publicly unmasked

25 October 2003
HOME SECRETARY David Blunkett didn't wait to see the documentary, The Secret Policeman, before he attacked the BBC. The documentary exposed an incredible degree of police racism in Manchester and in other areas.

Students

18 October 2003
OVER 100 people, most of them students, attended the two day "Marxism for a New Movement" event in Manchester last weekend.

Fujitsu

18 October 2003
THE LONG-running dispute at Fujitsu Services' West Gorton site in Manchester took a new turn last week.

Amicus union

04 October 2003
AMICUS UNION members at the giant Fujitsu Services (formerly ICL) site in West Gorton, Manchester, are continuing their fight against attacks on union recognition.

Electricians

04 October 2003
ELECTRICIANS AT the Piccadilly site in Manchester have now been locked out for 20 weeks by their employers, DAF Electrical. We were employed on the £30 million project on a self-employed basis. We noticed that management were employing unskilled workers to carry out electrical work on a lower wage.

Driven to suicide by New Labour's racist asylum laws

20 September 2003
ISRAFIL SHIRI poured petrol over himself and set himself alight in the offices of Refugee Action in Salford three weeks ago. After five days in agony, with 70 percent burns, he died in Manchester's Wythenshawe Hospital (see last week's Socialist Worker). What could possibly drive a man to such a terrible act?

Fujitsu

20 September 2003
WORKERS at IT services company Fujitsu Services, West Gorton, Manchester, took strike action on Monday following the unanimous rejection of management's latest offer at a members' meeting on Thursday. The mood of the strikers was very positive. Many had been angered by provocative e-mails from senior management in the days leading up to the strike. The scare tactics backfired badly.

Council workers

13 September 2003
MANUAL WORKERS in the GMB union working for Manchester city Council struck for a day on Monday against the imposition of the Single Status agreement. They voted three to one to strike in an official ballot. Many other council workers in other departments refused to cross their picket lines.

Fujitsu

13 September 2003
SOME 800 workers at IT company Fujitsu Services in West Gorton, Manchester, plan to take industrial action after staff unanimously rejected management's latest offer. The vote came at a union general meeting held on Thursday of last week, which also agreed to increase the planned action, adding an extra half-day strike before the end of the month.

Letters

13 September 2003
'Anger translates into action' Arriving back in Manchester after the holidays, I was struck by the way the stop the war movement has developed. Anger at the Blair government's war lies is growing, and this has been translated into action.

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