Love Music Hate Racism

n the European elections taking place next Thursday (4th June) there is a serious risk that you will find yourself represented by the BNP. Winning seats in the European Parliament would give them access to millions of pounds of our money, as well as increased access to the mainstream media. Wherever the BNP have won elections in the past there has been a sharp rise in racist attacks. Let’s also remember that trade unionists were amongst Hitler’s first targets when he took power in the 1930s.
The risk arises because the European elections are conducted on a proportional representation basis with multi-seat constituencies. A low turnout makes it easier for the BNP to get a high enough proportion of the votes to win a seat. In the north-west they could win a seat with only around 8% of the vote.
If you don’t vote on June 4th, you could find yourself represented by the BNP. While politicians are not flavour of the month, please vote. Hold your nose if you have to. A list of all the candidates is on the BBC web site.
Love Music Hate Racism, the successor to Rock Against Racism, is organising a major festival on Saturday (30th May) in Stoke City football ground. Tickets are only £10. See the web site for full details and booking information.
The line-up includes Pete Doherty, Kelly Rowland, Reverend and the Makers, Kano, The Beautiful South, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and friends, Chipmunk, Ironik, Mutya Buena, Jerry Dammers, VV Brown, Helsinki, The Beat, Beverley Knight, Bashy, Roll Deep, Kid British, Kieran Leonard, DJ Rugrat, Pariz 1, Skint ‘n’ Demorolized, The Sport and The Fears.
There will be transport from all over the country.
Apologies that we are advertising this so late – your reps had been discussing with the company whether this was something UNITE and Fujitsu could jointly promote. Unfortunately, the company has decided not to do so.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit are balloting for industrial action over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

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