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Safety battle could mean no curtain up in Edinburgh theatres

14 May 2005
The King’s and Festival theatres in Edinburgh face a summer of strikes as Bectu union members have begun a ballot for strike action over compulsory redundancies. Staff also allege that management are deliberately ignoring health and safety laws.

Timetable for action at the G8

07 May 2005
Saturday 2 JulyMake Poverty History demo, Edinburgh

Planning to make 2 July a festival against the G8

16 April 2005
MAKE SURE you are in Edinburgh on Saturday 2 July and the days afterwards, because it is going to be a major event which will see huge numbers march to demand that the G8 leaders act over debt, aid and trade.


09 April 2005
Teachers will march in Edinburgh against poverty At this year’s National Union of Teachers conference our general secretary Steve Sinnott said on a number of occasions that he would be taking the national banner to the Make Poverty History demonstration in Edinburgh on 2 July.

Out of Place Exhibition

09 April 2005
Out of PlaceDean Gallery of Modern Art, EdinburghUntil 26 June

New play will tell the truth about Genoa

02 April 2005
Black Sun Over Genoa, is the story of the people who went to Genoa, Italy, in 2001, the reasons they went and the impact of the events on them. The play involves around 60 volunteers from the local Edinburgh community. We are using a lot of media footage, film footage of what happened.

NUT calls on members to join Make Poverty History demo in Edinburgh

02 April 2005
The newly elected general secretary of the NUT, Steve Sinnott, told the conference he wanted to see thousands of his members marching behind the union’s national banner on the protest at the G8 summit in Scotland in July.

Trevor Ngwane backs protests against Gleneagles G8 summit

19 March 2005
I will be coming from South Africa to Edinburgh in July to confront the G8. I hope you will be marching with me.

Build Edinburgh protests at G8

05 March 2005
THE G8 runs the global economy. They are its organising committee. The G8 are the eight most powerful nations in the world. They are not the largest — the G8 excludes China, India and Brazil.

Scare tactics from police against Gleneagles protest

05 March 2005
According to one Scottish newspaper, the police are planning a clampdown on protests at the G8 in Scotland this summer. The measures revealed in the Sunday Herald include plans to turn a former RAF base in Edinburgh into a "holding facility" for protesters awaiting trial and to scrap all trials in Edinburgh’s sheriff court for the first two weeks in July.

Scottish independence

13 October 2004
AROUND 1,000 people attended a rally in support of the declaration for an independent Scottish republic in Edinburgh last Saturday.

Edinburgh Festival: theatre that can move the spirit

21 August 2004
CONSIDERING THAT it is only a few years since some right wing critics were proclaiming the death of political theatre, there is a surprising amount of it at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Taking arts to parts others can’t reach

07 August 2004
THE EDINBURGH People’s Festival was set up two years ago by a diverse group of artists and political activists.

The ghosts of struggle haunt festival city

07 August 2004
AUGUST IN Edinburgh. And as the global middle class descends on the Scottish capital for the International Festival and Fringe, it can seem that the entire city is nothing more than a bourgeois cultural playground.

See the world in new, exciting ways

07 August 2004
THE EDINBURGH Festival is the biggest arts event in the world.


26 June 2004
JUST HUNDREDS of people turned out for the pensions demonstration in Edinburgh organised by the Scottish TUC. My union, the teachers' EIS, sent only one A5 leaflet to each school. The Unison union did not even have its banner at the demonstration. It is clear that the union leaders will not act unless they are pushed from below.

Stop the war

24 April 2004
AROUND THE country activists held emergency protests last Saturday to protest against the massacre of over 600 Iraqis in Fallujah. Around 250 people assembled in Edinburgh's Parliament Square to hear speeches denouncing the brutality of the occupation. Some 200 protesters marched through Brighton and attended a lively rally.

All workers should back this strike

03 April 2004
"WE'RE INTO week five of our all-out strike and are even more determined to win than when we began." That's what Carol Ball, union convenor of 4,600 striking nursery nurses, told Socialist Worker. She was speaking after a magnificent 3,000-strong rally in Edinburgh outside the headquarters of Cosla, the umbrella body of Scottish local authority employers. Strikers left an empty table outside the building.

Strike is shaking bosses

27 March 2004
COUNCIL employers were clearly coming under pressure as the strike by nearly 5,000 nursery nurses in Scotland entered its fourth week on Monday. Seven local authorities, including Glasgow and Edinburgh, issued a joint statement saying they were prepared to come to local pay settlements with the nursery nurses. "Our reply to that is simple," the nursery nurses' Unison union convenor Carol Ball told Socialist Worker.

Political fund

27 March 2004
THE Communication Workers Union (CWU), with 280,000 members in the post office and telecoms, is set to debate its relationship with Labour at its conference in June. Already one of the union's biggest branches, covering Edinburgh and Lothian, has affiliated to the Scottish Socialist Party.

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