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Nottingham


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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.

Correction

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.

NUT

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.

Civil actions

29 June 2002
HUNDREDS OF civil servants met last week to defend democracy in their PCS union. Over 300 met in central London on Wednesday of last week, over 120 in Nottingham on Monday of this week and 50 in Bristol. They are protesting against the attempted coup by the discredited general secretary, Barry Reamsbottom, who wants to remove Mark Serwotka, the general secretary elect.

Protest forces a climbdown

25 May 2002
NOTTINGHAM council's plans for privatisation were knocked back last week after workers held protests and threatened strike action. Some 500 council workers joined a lobby of the ruling Labour group on Wednesday of last week over privatisation.

Anti-war

02 March 2002
A Stop the War Coalition teach-in took place in Nottingham last Saturday. Around 60 people engaged in a series of dynamic discussions. The final rally included Lindsey German, the editor of Socialist Review, Neil Kingsnorth of Yorkshire CND, and Alan Simpson, the local Labour MP.

In brief

29 September 2001
OVER 400 angry UNISON members met last week to plan a campaign against privatisation proposals in Nottinghamshire county council. The chief executive, who is about to take up the post of director general for schools in England, is pushing for over 600 jobs to be handed to a private company.

Teachers are right to act on shortages

10 March 2001
Teachers in London and Doncaster were to begin refusing to cover for a record number of vacancies this week, following overwhelming ballots for industrial action. The action, by members of the NUT and NASUWT unions, came just as a survey published in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) found that secondary schools in England and Wales are short of about 10,000 teachers. Teachers in more and more areas are voting for action. Ballots are under way in Leicester, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Manchester, Reading and Kent.

In brief

03 March 2001
Some 40 protesters picketed a book signing by Tory Ann Widdecombe at Waterstone's bookshop in Nottingham last week. One of the protesters was Pete Radcliff, the prospective Socialist Alliance candidate for Nottingham East.

Renationalise the rail

03 March 2001
Some 75 people came to a "Renationalise the rail" public rally in Nottingham last week. Speakers included Alan Simpson MP, Jim Creamer, branch secretary of East Midlands RMT, and a Dudley hospitals striker. The meeting brought together Labour Party activists, Socialist Alliance members, environmental campaigners, and members of the World Development Movement. Some 13 people joined the Socialist Alliance, which will be standing a candidate against John Heppell in Nottingham East. Heppell is John Prescott's parliamentary private secretary and refuses to support the call to renationalise the railways.

Postal workers

13 January 2001
Nearly 800 workers walked out on 24-hour unofficial strike at Royal Mail's main Nottingham depot in Beeston on Thursday of last week. About 130 workers picketed the depot while managers struggled to deliver a small portion of the more than two million letters that have piled up. The walkout was in response to the sacking of driver Alan McCrackle for taking too much sick leave. It followed the rejection of appeals by two other drivers sacked for the same reason last year.

Raging sales

05 February 2000
On Friday of last week 250 copies of Socialist Worker were sold outside Rage Against The Machine's concert at Wembley campaigning in support of Mumia Abu - Jamal. Workplace sales of Socialist Worker included 19 at Riverside House council offices in Greenwich, 15 at Manchester Royal Infirmary, 14 at Dunlop Tyres in Birmingham, 13 at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 10 at each of De La Rue Printers in High Wycombe, Remploy in Neath, Glazier Metals in Glasgow, Sunderland Civic Centre and Nottinghamshire County Hall, 9 at both Chivas Regal in Paisley and Manchester Town Hall, 8 at both Vickers in Newcastle and the Inland Revenue offices in Nottingham. Despite the rain and wind Socialist Worker selle

Sackings, old and new

05 February 2000
ANNESLEY - Bentinck pit in Nottinghamshire closed its doors last week after 140 years. The private firm Midland Mining took over the pit four years ago. But last December the company announced it was shutting the mine and sacking 450 workers. It is not just in the "old industries" where workers are facing unemployment. Two big internet companies announced job cuts last week. Boo.com, which sells designer clothes through the internet, is sacking some of its workforce, as is the world's largest online bookseller, Amazon.com. Amazon is cutting its workforce by 150, despite the fact that the company is valued at £20 billion.

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