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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.

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

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.

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.

Anti-racism

06 September 2003
LAST SATURDAY saw up to 6,000 people from across Manchester come to see acts like Gregory Issacs and Mr Scruff at an vibrant anti-racism festival.

Fujitsu

06 September 2003
IN RESPONSE to the strike planned for 1 September at its West Gorton, Manchester site, IT company Fujitsu Services announced that first-line helpdesk staff nationwide would now get full company sick pay and five days extra holiday.

Fujitsu

30 August 2003
AMICUS UNION members at Fujitsu Services in West Gorton, Manchester, have voted to strike by a majority of over 75 percent. The dispute is over two sets of issues. Firstly, the company are breaking longstanding union recognition and redundancy agreements. Secondly, the company have rejected the union's pay claim.

Forcing bosses' climbdown

23 August 2003
ACTION BY health workers has defended resources and stopped threats of disciplinary action. Several weeks ago staff in the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in south Manchester were told that after a £5 million overspend last year a consultant post would be left vacant.

Fujitsu

26 July 2003
AROUND 80 workers took part in a protest rally at the Fujitsu Services site in West Gorton, Manchester, on Thursday of last week.

Round-up

26 July 2003
BALLOT PAPERS were due to be sent to Amicus members at Fujitsu Services in West Gorton in Manchester on Wednesday of this week. The workers are fighting against attacks on their union recognition and redundancy agreements, and for sick pay, an equal pay audit, and a pay rise. Media coverage of the workers' recent rally has already lifted spirits.

Palestine solidarity

19 July 2003
WORK ON a "wall" in Manchester to symbolise the wall of silence in the West over Palestinian rights started at 11am in front of the town hall last Saturday. Cardboard boxes were collected, banners were made and declarations, photos and Palestinian flags stuck onto the boxes. The demonstration started at 2pm. We carried the boxes to the square in front of Manchester town hall. Together we built the wall.

Mancat

12 July 2003
SOME 80 trade unionists from Natfhe, Unison, PCS, FBU, Usdaw and Amicus marched with their banners in Manchester last Saturday. The march was over the bullying of staff at the Mancat college. One department with 20 posts has seen 35 pass through it in two years. The management made an unsuccessful attempt to dismiss the branch secretary last year. Now the college has declared compulsory redundancies in the trade union education unit, which includes a number of union branch activists.

Defend asylum seekers

21 June 2003
OVER 300 people marched in Manchester last Saturday to mark the opening of Refugee Week. They demanded the end of the war on asylum seekers and an end to their destitution. Zeesham Mirza, ten years old and originally from Pakistan, told the rally, "On Wednesday we will be out of our house, there will be no social or anything. My dad is not allowed to work. We have nothing."

Amicus

14 June 2003
OVER 100 Amicus union members at IT company Fujitsu Services in West Gorton, Manchester, attended a mass meeting last week. They met to discuss their pay claim, and the company's attacks on their long-standing union recognition and redundancy agreements.

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