Solidarity 125, 24 January 2008

Burslem postal workers' strike


Matthew Thompson

Around 600 postalworkers and other trade unionists took part in a national demonstration called by the Communication Workers’ Union in Stoke on 19 January. Over a hundred CWU members at the Burslem office have been on strike since 18 December in support of twelve victimised colleagues suspended by Royal Mail management last September.

Canary Wharf: Vote for action!

Canary Wharf: London Underground management have sacked two Canary Wharf Station Supervisors over some missing KitKats!

Station staff often have to put up with commercial promotions on the stations, and it has become the norm for staff to get a few goodies in return for co-operation. Now this has become a sacking issue!

Defend Gyles Henry

London Underground has sacked a worker at London Bridge over an alleged incident with a customer. But the company’s only “evidence” against Gyles is the say-so of a different customer who admitted there was no violence involved, but speculated that there might have been! RMT is balloting members for industrial action. Vote Yes! More:

Iranian regime murders student activist: protest to free our comrades!


Sofie Buckland,

In December last year, several dozen left-wing Iranian students were arrested for organising or taking part in action on 16 Azar (7 December), Iran’s traditional “Student Day” of protest. Since then, many more activists have been arrested in a continuing crackdown, and one of the detained has now been murdered by the police of the Islamist regime.

The arguments for nuclear don’t add up


Stuart Jordan

Having already announced his plans to build a new generation of nuclear power stations in November 2007, Gordon Brown has just completed a “consultation” on the issue and officially announced the “new” energy policy! A policy which, surprise, surprise, proposes up to twenty nuclear power stations, which will start coming on line around 2017.

Nottingham students fight for free speech


Charlie Salmon

Students at Nottingham University are calling a demonstration for 21 February against attempts to quash their rights to protest and organise. One student has been arrested and others banned from the library for failing to ask permission to demonstrate and circulate petitions.

Call to unite workers against BNP


Petra Hall

More than 100 people attended the regional conference that took place in Nottingham on January 19th called by Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP and sponsored by a number of trade unions and campaigning organisations in the Notts area and other parts of the East Midlands.

The conference was called to discuss a campaign to stop a repeat of the 2007 BNP “Red, White and Blue festival” in Codnor near both Derby and Nottingham.

Abortion rights — weak response from MPs


Amy Fisher

On January 16, a parliamentary rally organised by Abortion Rights packed out two committee rooms with over 300 people. Speakers included various MPs and Lords from all three parties, the TUC women’s officer, an adviser to Ken Livingstone and the Fawcett Society.

Feminist Fightback organises

The second Feminist Fightback open steering meeting saw women from across the trade union and student movements discuss direct action on abortion rights, a pro-choice teach-in and plans for international women’s day.

It was decided that the picket of the Christian Medical Foundation should use the slogans “Don’t turn back the clock on reproductive freedoms” and “women deserve choice” (a spin on the CMF’s declaration that “women deserve better” than abortion). We’ll be picketing outside the CMF headquarters from 4pm, moving to Borough High Street at 5pm to leaflet the public.

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