North East London AWL

Postal picket at Tredegar Road (East London) - the fight heats up

Author: 

Ed Maltby

Workers' Liberty members attended the picket at the Tredegar Road delivery office on Tuesday 29th of September. Over the past few weeks, AWL activists have attended the picket lines on strike days. The CWU branch at the Tredegar Road office is strong, the rep is pro-active, and the picket lines are big, lively and confident. We asked posties for their views on the strike.

A report of the Tredegar Road picket line 29.09.09

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Discussing the first two Labour governments

Author: 

Janine

When introducing a discussion at our AWL branch meeting on the first and second Labour governments, I found it useful to tell the story, then ask people to discuss some questions. The 'timeline' and discussion questions are listed below, and are attached as Word documents for use as handouts.

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THE FIRST AND SECOND LABOUR GOVERNMENTS – TIMELINE

1918: Representation of the Peoples Act

14 December 1918: General Election – coalition government led by Lloyd George wins a landslide; Labour gains 21.5% of the votes but only 57 seats.

Discussing the first two Labour governments

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Defend Victimised Teachers

35 teachers at Haggerston School in Hackney face disciplinary action for refusing to cross a Unite!/T&G picket line of striking school meals workers. You can read all about it on Hackney TUC's website. Below is an email I have just sent to the head teacher.

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Racial Segregation in East End Schools

A report has claimed that East End schools are dividing by race.

While 17 Tower Hamlets primary schools have more than 90%+ Bangladeshi pupils, nine have fewer than 10%. Three of the borough's 15 secondaries have less than 3% Bangladeshi pupils, while two have more than 95% Bangladeshi pupils and three over 80%.

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Diane Abbott and the Labour leadership election

Yesterday it seemed that any remaining hope that Diane Abbott MP might support John McDonnell's campaign for the Labour leadership had been extinguished. In the '60 Second Interview' in the 18 April edition of the Metro, she was asked who she supports for Labour leader and replied "Gordon without a second's hesitation".

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Central Foundation Girls' School workers win

On Tuesday 27 March, facing the threat of a solid strike, management at Central Foundation Girls’ School in East London backed down on their threat of compulsory redundancies.

Support staff at the school had voted by a huge 94% in a legal ballot to take strike action. The following is a report written before the management backed down.

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Packed Meeting Pledges to Defend Hackney Estates

Over 70 Hackney residents packed into a public meeting on Monday evening to protest against Hackney Council's plan to fragment, privatise and over-populate their estates.

I gave the opening speech, largely an updated version on this blog entry from a while back. There was then plenty of discussion, despite some rather heavy-handed chairing.

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Two Mayors and a Protest

Mayors Livingstone and Pipe will be slapping each others' backs at the official opening of a space in Dalston today. Tempted though we are to congratulate them for finding a space and not building posh flats on it, Hackney community activists will be there to rain on their parade.

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