COATES MEP spoke to demonstrators in Leicester last weekend
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UNISON, the biggest union in the country, is calling
for an end to NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia. The union's executive last
week passed a motion that calls for a "halt to all military action,
including air strikes". The decision means all those organising
council workers' or health workers' meetings against the war should ask
for local, regional or national officials to come and speak.
Last week's activities against the war included:
- SOME 350 people joined an angry anti-war march
through Leicester city centre last Saturday. There was a big contingent
from the Indian Workers' Association and the rally was chaired by the
chair of Leicester City UNISON. The speakers included Ken Coates MEP.
- AROUND 25 people attended an anti-war meeting
called by Pontypool Trades Council last Thursday. Among the speakers was
Phil Williams, a Plaid Cymru assembly member.
- SOME 30 people attended an anti-war meeting
addressed by Labour MP Tam Dalyell in Blackwood, south Wales.
- A SERIES of six local meetings against the war
was held across Leeds last week. Around 12 people attended each of the
meetings. A local demonstration, called by Leeds Committee to Stop War
in the Balkans, is now planned on Saturday 19 June, assemble 12 noon,
outside Leeds Art Gallery.
- AROUND 100 people attended an anti-war meeting in
Ilford in Essex last week, called by Redbridge Committee for Peace in
- NEARLY 300 people attended Oxford Stop the War
Coalition's public meeting last week. Over £300 was collected. The
platform included Bob Wareing MP, Socialist Worker's Mark Steel, TV
journalist Anna McGoldrick and Mike Woodin, the Green Party's national
- OVER 60 students heard Mark Seddon of Tribune and
Lindsey German of Socialist Review debate the war at Poplar College in
east London last week. Another 30 people also attended a Poplar public
meeting against the war.
- TEN PEOPLE attended an anti-war public meeting in
- AROUND 20 people attended the launch meeting of
Newham Teachers Against the War in east London last week and another 20
attended the nearby Tower Hamlets Teachers Against the War meeting.
- AT THE London Hospital last week 16 people
attended a workplace meeting against the war.
- AROUND 25 people attended an anti-war public
meeting in Glossop, High Peak, last week.
- MORE THAN a dozen anti-war meetings were held
across Hackney, east London, last week. They included 15 people at a
Homerton Hospital meeting, 40 people at a Hackney Central meeting, 16 at
Cambridge Heath, and ten on the Northwold estate.
- TWELVE TEACHERS at Holloway School in north
London met to hear a CND speaker and an SWP speaker, an ex-pupil from
- SOME 160 people went to an anti-war rally that
was to be held at Newcastle University last week, only to discover the
university police had been told not to allow them into the room they had
booked. Undeterred, an excellent rally was held outside in the street!
- OVER 40 people attended an anti-war meeting in
Winchmore Hill, north London.
- THIRTY protesters in Carlisle blocked a
roundabout in the centre of town last Friday night.
- DESPITE HALF a million Manchester United fans
pouring into the city centre, 120 people still managed to come to the
Mechanics Institute for a media workers' rally against the war. Also in
Manchester 30 health workers, representing 14 different workplaces, met
to launch Health Workers Against the War. Bob Oram from North West
UNISON described the Guardian as the "Bombers' Bugle". Another
30 attended the first Teachers Against the War meeting, representing 18
schools across the city.
- SOME 45 people were at a public meeting in
Bolton, another 20 in Bury, 11 in Rochdale, 11 in Ashton and 12 in
- AROUND 25 lecturers heard Jeremy Corbyn MP speak
at City and Islington College in north London.
- THE ANNUAL conference of trades councils across
Britain last week voted against the war.
- TWENTY PEOPLE attended the first anti-war meeting
- AROUND A dozen people attended a council workers'
meeting against the war in Liverpool and heard Kevin Nelson, the north
west regional secretary of UNISON, pledge the region's support for
Saturday's national demonstration.
- SOME 40 people attended a public meeting in
Lancaster and organised leafleting and petitioning in the town. Another
50 students attended a debate at Lancaster University.
- TEN PEOPLE met in Darwen near Blackburn to
organise against the war.
- SOME 15 people attended an estate meeting in
Speke last week with Bob Wareing MP. A local speaker from the FBU could
not make it to the meeting but sent an excellent statement against the
- AN ANTI-war meeting in Perry Barr in Birmingham
drew 20 people last week to hear speakers from the IWA and Handsworth
Labour Party. At Broadway School, also in Perry Barr, 30 sixth form
students heard two of their teachers debate and then voted
overwhelmingly against the war.
- TWENTY FIVE people attended a public meeting in
- NEARLY 100 people heard Mark Seddon from Tribune
debate the war with John Rees of International Socialism in Lambeth,
- 50 PEOPLE attended a debate at Wolverhampton
- ON THE Arleston estate in Telford 12 people went
to an anti-war meeting and organised local activities.
- AROUND 20 students attended an anti-war meeting
at Sir George Monoux's Sixth Form College in Walthamstow, east London.
- AROUND 35 students attended a debate on the war
at Derby University.
- THIRTY ATTENDED a debate between NATO and Julie
Waterson of the SWP at Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge.
- THE OFFICES of Falmouth Camborne Labour MP Candy
Atherton were taken over by anti-war protesters last week.
- SIXTY PEOPLE attended a vigil in Bath.
Please phone or fax reports of local
activities to Socialist Worker, phone 0171 538 0828 or fax 0171 538 0140.