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Glasgow Housing Association staff strike for the tenants’ facilities

09 April 2005
A strike by more than 500 Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) staff closed nearly 60 offices across the city on Wednesday of last week. Management claimed that a large number of offices were open — but was unable to provide the names of any when the press asked for them!

Defend asylum seekers

02 April 2005
A family of Roma asylum seekers from Kosovo has been released from the Yarl’s Wood detention centre after a campaign led by Glasgow school students.

Debating rights in Glasgow

05 March 2005
Some 200 people crammed into the community hall at the al-Furqan Mosque in Woodlands, Glasgow, last Friday night for a passionate debate about defending civil liberties. Speakers included Jamal al-Harith who gave a moving account of his two years detained in Guantanamo Bay.

Now build the 19 March anti-war demonstration

26 February 2005
Anti-war actions took place across Britain on Tuesday of last week, the Stop the War Coalition’s day of action marking two years since 15 February 2003, the biggest anti-war march in British history. Keir McKechnie reports from Glasgow.

Reports in brief

19 February 2005
Scabs break rules in airport strike AIRPORT FIREFIGHTERS in Glasgow are going into their third week of indefinite all-out strike. The bosses are breaking all the rules to keep the airport open, using senior fire officers from all the other British Airport Authority airports to scab on their subordinates.

Glasgow Airport firefighters strike enters second week

12 February 2005
The indefinite all-out strike by Glasgow Airport firefighters, who are in the T&G union, entered its second week on Monday.

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05 February 2005
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Is alcohol the demon drink?

05 February 2005
THE FOLK singers Alex Glasgow and Henry Livings’ song, As Soon as this Pub Closes, the Revolution Starts, accurately summed up the attitude of one section of the left to drink. It was something to be enjoyed over bar-room chats about socialism, but often the enjoyment led to a serious incapacity to do anything practical as a result of the discussions.

Indefinite strike to protect air passengers’ safety

05 February 2005
Firefighters at Glasgow international airport — all members of the T&G union — began an indefinite, all out strike last Saturday over health and safety.

Help create history

29 January 2005
THE PROBLEM of debt repayment is at its most acute in Africa where countries already blighted by war are also forced to spend billions repaying or simply servicing debt. This means that there is no investment in infrastructure, education or health. As a campaigner for refugees in Glasgow I have been working with the African community to stop deportations.

Defending refugees

29 January 2005
CAMPAIGNERS IN Glasgow last week secured the release of Pastor Mikielokele Daly and his family from Dungeval detention centre, and a judicial review of the whole case. The Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and the Pentecostal Church of Redemption worked together calling four large demonstrations over the normally quiet Christmas and new year fortnight.

Refugees welcome

22 January 2005
Working class Glaswegians have responded much more positively to the dispersal of asylum seekers to their city than many media reports have suggested, according to a recent study. The Building Bridges report, by Dr Karen Wren, identifies the voluntary work of local people within community networks as the single most positive aspect where the integration of asylum seekers in Glasgow is concerned.

Mordechai Vanunu

08 January 2005
RAPTUROUS celebrations broke out among students at Glasgow University at the end of term when they found out that Israeli political prisoner Mordechai Vanunu had topped the poll for the position of rector of the college.

In brief

04 December 2004
Scottish workers say no to racism Up to 1,000 people attended the Scottish TUC annual demonstration against racism and fascism in Glasgow last Saturday. Trade union delegates included firefighters, print workers and several Unison and EIS (Scottish teachers’ union) branches.

Our kids sacrificed for people at the top

06 November 2004
HUNDREDS OF local people and anti-war campaigners joined a "Bring the troops home by Christmas" march in Pollok, Glasgow, last Saturday. Rose Gentle, the mother of British soldier Gordon Gentle who was killed in Iraq, called the protest.

‘Troops home’ march

30 October 2004
ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS are gearing up for this Saturday’s "Bring the troops home" protest in Glasgow. Rose Gentle initiated the march. Her son Gordon Gentle was killed in Iraq in June.

Managers get lessons in how to be polite

23 October 2004
THE SOAPWORKS dispute in Glasgow has ended with management conceding a marginal increase in their original pay offer.

Where now for our movement?

17 October 2004
Chris Nineham, a member of the ESF steering committee, and Dave Sherry, a delegate at the ESF from the TGWU union in Glasgow, spoke to Socialist Worker about the future for the movement.


13 October 2004
WORKERS at the Soapworks factory in Glasgow returned to work last week with their pay claim still unresolved.


09 October 2004
WORKERS AT the Soapworks factory in Glasgow were due to return to work this Wednesday after being out on strike for almost two weeks.

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