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The Fight for Justice Continues

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Bloody Sunday:
The Fight for Justice Continues

Struggle of Post Office Workers Continues

News In Brief
Teachers Take Action over Shortages

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The Fight for Justice Continues

The Bloody Sunday atrocity of 1972 demonstrated the barbarity of British intervention in the backyard of the English bourgeoisie. As the armed struggle by the Irish patriotic forces in the north of Ireland has matured into the Peace Process and a further step to building the Irish nation anew, so have the demands for justice and the insistence that the truth be told about the massacre become more determined.

This year, the Bloody Sunday national rally is taking place in Central London on Saturday, January 20. It is being organised by the Bloody Sunday Organising Committee.

Jim Redmond, on behalf of the Committee, points out: "The Saville inquiry, which opened in April 2000, has started to tackle the horrendous injustice that the British establishment tried to cover up for 28 years. Within the last number of months the inquiry has uncovered significant evidence which has helped in the search for justice for the fourteen innocent victims murdered by the British Army in Derry on Bloody Sunday, 1972. However, reactionary elements within the British government, the military and the media are constantly trying to prevent the truth from coming out. These elements need to be confronted. The truth about the murder of innocent civil rights marchers and the subsequent political cover up must be told."

The flyer for the rally states: "In March 2000 the Bloody Sunday inquiry was opened into the murder of 14 innocent civil rights marchers who were shot dead by the British Army Parachute Regiment in Derry on January 30, 1972. An enormous international campaign, led by relatives of the victims, took nearly three decades to secure an inquiry into the events surrounding the Bloody Sunday massacre.

"The same lies, slander and deception tactics that the British government used in 1972 to justify the military action and then the subsequent cover up of Bloody Sunday are still being used today.

"The inquiry has touched a raw nerve within the British establishment. As the truth about Bloody Sunday unfolds the role of the British Army not only in Derry in 1972 but in the North of Ireland is under scrutiny including its use of state orchestrated violence, collusion and shoot to kill policy.

"The outcome of the inquiry is decisive to secure justice for those murdered as well as to move down the road towards peace and equality for all. To secure this outcome the pressure must be kept up."

The rally and workshops are taking place from 12.00 – 5.30 pm at Caxton House, St Johns Way, Archway, London N19. The nearest tube is Archway.

The workshops are on the topics of: Insight into the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and State Terror: From Bloody Sunday to Today. The rally itself is being held under the banner: Bloody Sunday: Keeping the pressure up to win justice.

Speakers include a Bloody Sunday relative, a prominent Sinn Fein representative, Labour MP John McDonnell, Shane O’Neill – Justice for Harry Stanley campaign representative, Jeremy Hardy – Robert Hammill Campaign, a British Irish Rights Watch representative, Shane O’Curry – Pat Finucane Centre, ex-prisoner Martina Anderson, and a representative of the General Union of Palestinian Students.

Throughout the day, there will be videos from Bloody Sunday to Today, a photo exhibition on Bloody Sunday, book stalls, food and refreshments. The organisers suggest an entrance donation of £2.00, and the events will be followed by a social.

The following day, Sunday, January 21, a PICKET OF DOWNING STREET is being called, from 12.00 – 2.00 pm.

WDIE joins its voice to those demanding justice for those young Irish people wantonly murdered, and that the truth be told about what happened on Bloody Sunday, 1972, and that those responsible for this atrocity be brought to justice. To do so will be to deal a blow at the class rule of the English bourgeoisie, a step towards further unity between the Irish people and the British working class in their respective struggles for progress and emancipation.

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Struggle of Post Office Workers Continues

Postal deliveries in Nuneaton, West Midlands, were severely disrupted yesterday due to a strike by postal workers, which commenced on Monday. The struggle reflects the workers' discontent at the effects of the reorganisation of the Post Office.

Around 150 workers at Nuneaton staged the walkout at 3 am after a colleague was suspended. One worker said,"This solidarity action is about an attack on everybody." The dispute is focused around the way the Post Office is moving staff.

The context of these changes, which is also the context of the adoption of the new corporate name Consignia, is the drive to make the whole aim of the economy that of making businesses competitive in the global marketplace. In line with opening up the economy ever more widely to the penetration of foreign capital, wherever possible the finance capitalists are also dictating that such a former public service as the Post Office restructures to make maximum profits and capture especially European markets.

The name Consignia will be used mainly with financial services, telecommunications, advertising and market sectors.

Postal workers will need to reject the chauvinism about the independent 350-year "proud history and solid reputation" of the Post Office if they are to make headway in their struggles for their rights and against the anti-social offensive. To end their marginalisation and become political, they must organise to change the situation where they are given absolutely no role in decision-making, neither as regards the EU nor in England, Scotland or Wales. They will have to look carefully and discuss what exactly are the actual arrangements the Post Office and the government are seeking to bring about. Ultimately, they will have to build their own organisations around their own programme to Stop Paying the Rich and Increase Investment in Social Programmes and participate in strengthening their own mass press.

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Teachers Take Action over Shortages

Teachers at Christ Church secondary school in Barnet, north London, have voted to take action over staff shortages. Members of the NASUWT have voted by a two-thirds majority not to cover for absent staff.

The action is due to start on Tuesday next week, in order that the seven days' notice specified under industrial relations legislation is complied with. It comes at a time when the teacher shortage is biting hard as teachers leave the profession under stress and fewer graduates are entering the profession. A considerable number of schools are having trouble finding staff and some are even considering a four-day week. One of these is Holywells High School in Ipswich, where children were given an extended Christmas holiday because of the shortage of teachers.

In London, where it is very difficult to re-locate, thousands of young supply teachers have been recruited from Australia, New Zealand and, most recently, from South Africa. As NASUWT general secretary Nigel de Gruchy said, commenting on the ballot, these overseas recruits "have been used to plug permanent gaps so no one now is available to cover for staff absences, sickness, in-service training release and other short term matters."

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