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Cottam construction workers build a striking unity

11 March 2006
The unofficial all-out strike by construction workers at Cottam power station near Nottingham was continuing as Socialist Worker went to press.

Blair flees protest over Iraq

21 January 2006
Up to 100 demonstrators from Nottingham Student Peace Group and Nottingham Stop the War forced Tony Blair to sneak into Labour’s national policy forum meeting through the back door last Saturday.

Firefighters' paramedic dispute heats up

29 October 2005
A dispute over firefighters in Nottinghamshire being used as cut-price paramedics is escalating as the fire authority moves to make 10 percent deductions from wages of crews who refuse the new duties.

Reports round-up

01 October 2005
Fighting cuts at the Driving Standards Agency Workers at the Nottingham headquarters of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) met on Monday to discuss further action in our fight against 50 job cuts.

Firefighters in Nottinghamshire vote for action

01 October 2005
Nottinghamshire fire crews have voted four to one in favour of taking industrial action short of a strike over moves to force them to provide an ambulance service. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says the fire authority is trying to impose new ambulance duties without negotiation.

Jobs battle at Driving Standards Agency

24 September 2005
Around 160 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union struck aginst job cuts in Nottingham on Monday. The workers at the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) headquarters are angry about plans to cut 50 posts.

Stop and search — Sikh barrister is viewed as threat

06 August 2005
On Wednesday of last week I had to get a 7.25am train to Nottingham for a court case. I ran for the train, but was stopped at the barrier and told that I wasn’t able to board without a ticket.

ITV strikers channel their anger over pay

16 April 2005
Hundreds of media workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions struck between Friday and Sunday of last week at ITV. They are fighting for decent pay. Strikers picketed ITV offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.

Media round-up

09 April 2005
ITV workers’ strike set to hit flagship programmes Members of the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV were set to strike on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week in their pay dispute. The strike involves over 700 broadcasting, production and studio staff at ITV centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham and Birmingham.

Faith: betrayal and survival during the miners’strike

26 February 2005
I was working as a dustman for Newark and Sherwood District Council in 1984-5. We emptied bins around the pit villages of Ollerton, Rainworth, Blidworth and Calverton in Nottinghamshire.

You see the real people and the real problems working in these offices

06 November 2004
Paul Williams, Driving Standards Agency, Nottingham

Racist attack

27 May 2004
A WAVE of revulsion swept through Nottingham last week after a popular Rastafarian youth worker was shot and seriously injured. Fifty year old Derek Senior was the victim of a racist attack in a pub in Bulwell, north of Nottingham, last September. Derek Senior was beaten with pool cues, and a lock of hair was torn from his head as a trophy.

'Blair got a good kicking in Notts'

03 April 2004
"I THINK imaginative stunts like this would be great in every region for creating much-needed publicity." So said James Button, a Nottingham Trent University student and member of the East Midlands steering committee for Respect. He was one of many Respect campaigners who have been taking part in activities to publicise Respect in the run-up to the 10 June elections.

Special way to recall our great struggle

06 March 2004
THE 20th anniversary of the 1984-5 miners' strike has reunited the miners in the Nottinghamshire area who dared to support the NUM union throughout the bitter dispute. After all these years the focus by some of the media is on why the NUM would not hold a national ballot. Over 80 percent of miners were already out on strike. They had voted with their feet.


31 January 2004
A RECENT report in Socialist Worker (17 January) about the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum included an error in editing. It suggested that Gary Freeman, a member of the forum, is an asylum seeker on £54 per week.


06 December 2003
DOUG McAVOY, general secretary of the NUT teachers' union, retires in June. Some 70 NUT activists met in Nottingham on Saturday to try to choose a candidate of the left to stand for the position.

Nottingham is not for sale

25 October 2003
A PRIVATISATION threat hanging over Nottingham City Council housing has sparked protests from council workers and tenants. A 90-strong meeting was held at Nottingham's YMCA building to discuss how to fight off Nottingham City Council's housing plans. It started with the presentation of a 60-page report from Nottingham City Unison. "Nottingham is not for sale," was how the Unison officer summed up the report.

Bus workers

27 September 2003
NOTTINGHAM BUS drivers have voted to accept the latest pay deal offered by Nottingham City Transport. The vote was carried by 362 votes for and 208 against. The deal appears to be an improvement on earlier offers, but it will mainly benefit new recruits. More longstanding bus drivers will receive a smaller pay increase.

Campaign to beat New Labour's SATs tests

05 July 2003
SOME 175 teachers, parents and school governors launched a national campaign against SATs tests at a conference in London last Saturday. John Illingworth, a primary school head teacher from Nottinghamshire and a former president of the NUT union, summed up the confident mood of the day. He told the conference, "I have never felt as optimistic as I do now that we can get rid of these national damaging tests imposed on children. "East Midlands TV did a phone poll and found 95 percent of respondents against the SATs. We know the government will hit back hard to maintain SATs. But we should be confident that this is a campaign we can win."

Nottingham school celebrates anti-deportation victory for Daoud family

19 October 2002
AN EMOTIONAL meeting of over 100 people in a Nottingham school celebrated a rare victory over David Blunkett and the Home Office last week. An Iraqi family seeking asylum in Britain, Jamil and Sara Daoud, and their four children, Majid (age 11), Hoda (nine), Mostafa (six) and Marwa (four), have beaten back a threat of deportation and are back in Nottingham.

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