NEWS INTERNATIONAL: 25 years on still pressing for press freedom

On Tuesday night, a full 25 years to the day when Rupert Murdoch provoked action which resulted in a year long strike, hundreds of printers gathered to express their continuing defiance and struggle for press freedom. A meeting, convened by the NUJ, represented by Jeremy Dear, UNITE represented by national and local officials involved in the dispute, representatives of the engineers and Fleet Street electricians, and the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom gathered at the Printer's Institute in St Bride's Lane. The meeting warned of the dangers if Murdoch is allowed to take over BSkyB. The meeting events will be followed by an exhibition launched in Clerkenwell this coming 1 May.

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COMMUNIST PARTY ORGANISES: Trade Union and Political Cadre School

The CP is organising a school for trade union and political activists.  It includes plenty of space for debate and dialogue, education and organisation sessions and an in-depth look at the major challenges facing workers. The School is being opened to supporters, activists and allies who will also be sharing the speakers' platforms. If you wish to attend you need to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Communists and supporters to gather in the East

Communists from around the Eastern District, from Wyndonham to Westcliffe On Sea, Southend and Leigh-on-Sea, Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester, Diss, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, and Kings Lynn, are meeting for a day of discussion and organising on 15 January to plan the fightback.
 
Early sessions will focus on: establishing new branches; organising rural and women workers; developing Marxist education in the CP and campaigning "for work, services and sovereignty". In the afternoon, local campaigners and the Labour, Green and Coop parties have agreed to take part in a discussion on opposing cuts and the Peoples' Charter.
 
Go here for more. If you wish to attend this important event in CAMBRIDGE [Cost £2 with lunch provided] contact us.
 
At the event, CP chair Bill Greenshields will present CP Long Service Awards to three veteran comrades.

 

TUC IN MANCHESTER: Carolyn Jones on union rights and freedom

Two years ago, TUC delegates backed the call for a Trade Union Rights and Freedoms Bill. The Bill aimed to simplify the procedures relating to ballots and notices so that a democratic decision to strike by workers could not be overturned by a judges’ forensic examination of technical legal errors. 

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