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in brief: strike begins to bite Body Shop

02 October 2004
WORKERS AT the Soapworks factory in Easterhouse, Glasgow, have stepped up their strike. They are striking every day until Wednesday of next week.


25 September 2004
WORKERS AT the Soapworks factory in Glasgow were escalating their action by striking on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

‘You can get told off for sucking a throat lozenge’

18 September 2004
OVER 60 TGWU union members at the Soapworks factory in Easterhouse, Glasgow, entered their third week of strike action on Monday.

We need a union, so what does that make our boss?

11 September 2004
The spray-painted banner on the picket line at Soapworks in Easterhouse, Glasgow, carries a quote from Anita Roddick, founder and director of the Body Shop. The Body Shop is the major shareholder in Soapworks.

College Lecturers

04 September 2004
LECTURERS AT Coatbridge College were joined by delegations of union members from other colleges in Glasgow and Motherwell last week in a protest at the threat of up to 22 compulsory redundancies at the college.

Grieving relatives are determined to keep up their fight against the war

04 September 2004
Rose Gentle AS SOON as we came back up to Glasgow we started to get letters from ordinary people, from all over Britain and other countries, saying "Don’t give up".


04 September 2004
EIGHT TGWU union full time officials in Glasgow are facing disciplinary action by the union over vote rigging.

Army sees poor areas as fertile ground

28 August 2004
‘POLLOK IS still considered to be one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas. There is very high unemployment and very little opportunity for young people.

‘My Gordon died for oil’

28 August 2004
THE FAMILY of Gordon Gentle, a 19 year old British soldier from Pollok in Glasgow who was killed in Iraq on 28 June, launched a campaign last week demanding that all British troops leave Iraq.

Two cheers from pickets for deal to end the strike

21 August 2004
STRIKE ACTION taken by the workers at the Edrington Famous Grouse whisky factory in Glasgow has won a 3.5 percent pay rise each year for the next three years.

Bring all the troops home!

21 August 2004
ROSE GENTLE is the mother of 19 year old Gordon Gentle from Pollok in Glasgow, who was killed on 28 June in Iraq.

Defending refugees

14 August 2004
Arshad Suhail Masih is one of the many refugee prisoners held at Dungavel prison near Glasgow.

Everybody out to beat bosses on the glorious twelfth

14 August 2004
WORKERS AT the Edrington whisky group in Glasgow were set to strike again on Thursday and Friday of this week.

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14 August 2004

Biggest march town has seen

07 August 2004
ABOUT 5,000 people marched in Greenock, near Glasgow, last Saturday against proposals to downgrade Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) and to close Ravenscraig Hospital.

Workers’ happy hour at Famous Grouse

07 August 2004
THERE WAS cheering, waving and much beeping of horns last Friday when over 340 GMB union members at the Edrington whisky group in Glasgow walked out on strike.

Close down these ‘torture centres’

07 August 2004
MORE THAN 200 people joined last Sunday’s protest at the Dungavel detention centre in South Lanarkshire, called by the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees.


19 June 2004
Support kept our strike going strong GLASGOW'S NURSERY nurses returned to their workplaces on Monday of last week, heads held high and retaining the dignity they have shown throughout their 14 weeks of strike action. Many were in tears, some were relieved, but the overwhelming emotion was one of anger at having been bullied and starved back to work by a Thatcherite Glasgow city council threatening to sack us with anti-union laws!

'We're going back but battle goes on'

10 June 2004
GLASGOW'S Labour-run council has used the worst rogue employer tactics to force 700 striking nursery nurses back to work. It threatened to sack every one of the low paid workers last week using Labour's notorious anti-union law that allows an employer to dismiss strikers after eight weeks of action.

Refugee scandal that the tabloids ignore

27 May 2004
A 27 year old man was found dead at his flat in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow on 18 May after apparently committing suicide. He was Zekria Ghulam Mohammed, an Afghan asylum seeker. The papers that are normally so keen to splash pictures of refugees over their pages ignored his death.

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