CalMac workers to strike on March 23

Submitted by Janine on 14 March, 2005 - 7:49

RMT members at Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne will strike for 12 hours on March 23 to defend jobs, pay, conditions and pensions.

Members voted by two to one (155 (66%) in favour, and 81 (34%) against) for strike action after the company failed to provide assurances that there would be no compulsory redundancies and no worsening of pensions, pay and conditions for its present or future workforce.

Iranian asylum seekers walk from Birmingham to London

Submitted by AWL on 14 March, 2005 - 7:09

In an act of protest against the threats of military intervention by the U.S and its allies in Iran, five Iranian asylum seekers set off on foot from Birmingham on the 12th of March to join the national anti-war demonstration in London on 19 March.

They will be walking through Coventry, Banbury, Oxford, and High Wycombe and then on to London.

Teachers set 26 April as strike date

Submitted by AWL on 14 March, 2005 - 6:33

The National Union of Teachers has set out its plans for its ballot for strike action against the government's plans to cut pensions. The "target" date for a strike is now 26 April.
The schedule runs:
15 March: Notice to employers of intent to ballot
24 March: Ballot opens
11 April: Ballot closes
26 April: Target date of strike action

Workers vote for pension strikes

Submitted by AWL on 11 March, 2005 - 1:17

Ballots in Amicus, T&G, Ucatt and UNISON have recorded votes of between 73% and 87% in favour of a strike on 23 March against government plans to cut local government pension provision. And the teachers' union NUT has decided to ballot nationally for a strike against cuts in their pension provision, probably on 21 April (not 14 April as previously mooted).

The lecturers' union NATFHE is also discussing strike action over pension cuts, and it is possible they will join a 21 April strike.

Abrahim Rahimi Must Stay Campaign

Submitted by cathy n on 1 March, 2005 - 11:17

Solidarity 3-67 carried a short interview with Abrahim Rahimi an eighteen year old Afghan man who wants to stay in this country. Here are some more details about his case.

Abrahim was snatched and detained on November 8th 2004 by immigration officials so that he could be deported to Afghanistan because his asylum claim had failed. Abrahim had been celebrating Ramadan with his friends in Whitstable. Abrahim’s friend Amin Buratee was also arrested and detained with him at Dover Immigration Removal Centre.

Off The Rails AWL Mon, 02/28/2005 - 23:08

Off The Rails is a platform for rank-and-file rail workers. The new issue includes articles on current disputes in Midland Mainline, Central Trains and EWS; more discussion on the rail unions and politics; plus an assessment of the dangers of level crossings in the wake of the Ufton Nervet crash, a Marxist explanation of how employers make workers pay for the shorter working week, articles on women workers and on employers' punitive attendance policies; and a pull-out poster: 'Renationalise the railways'.

Read it here.

Iraq's strike wave

Submitted by AWL on 26 February, 2005 - 7:05

Falah Alwan, president of the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions of Iraq, spoke to Solidarity when he visited Britain in February. The interpreter was Houzan Mahmoud.

In the last two months there has been a huge wave of strikes: textile workers in Kut, power workers in Nasiriyah, aluminium products workers in Nasiriyah, chemical workers in Baghdad, leather workers in Baghdad, and agricultural workers.

There were different reasons for different strikes. Many were a response to high fuel price rises. That led to a wave of strikes to raise wages.

Taxing capital to pay for pensions

Submitted by AWL on 23 February, 2005 - 11:06

Robin Blackburn, author of Banking on Death, or, Investing in Life: The history and future of pensions, spoke at the AWL London forum on 17 February 2005. This is a transcript of his speech and the discussion.

The pension issue is the one which has proved time and again that it can get really large numbers of working people fighting for their rights and for a better world.