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Protesters took the anti-war message to Blair last Saturday

20 March 2004
SOME 2,000 people joined a Stop the War Coalition protest against Blair in Manchester on Saturday. Blair and other ministers had gathered in the city for New Labour's spring conference. Police created a "Red Zone" around the G-Mex complex where the conference took place, setting up special barricades and roadblocks defended by armed police. As the conference began on Friday of last week, anti-war activists held a "Trial of Tony Blair".

Pressing the BNP

13 March 2004
THE LAUNCH of Unite Against Fascism in the north west of England made front page news in Manchester last week. The Manchester Evening News, the leading newspaper in Britain's third biggest city, gave headline coverage of Unite's press conference. It was held in Manchester Town Hall on Friday.

Defend council housing

13 March 2004
CAMPAIGNERS to defend council housing will be in Manchester this weekend to coincide with the Labour Party local government conference. The Defend Council Housing campaign organisation and the Council Housing group of MPs are holding sessions to collect evidence in favour of what has been dubbed "the fourth option-direct investment in council housing".

NHS

13 March 2004
PORTERS AND domestic staff at Bolton and North Manchester general hospitals (part of the same trust) have voted to strike. They work for ISS Mediclean, a multinational which has profited from the privatisation of the NHS.

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.

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.

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.

Defending refugees

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

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.

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.

Fujitsu

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

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.

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.

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.

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