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Remembering The 173 Who Died At Bethnal Green Tube Station

The Bethnal Green tube shelter disaster turned out to be the worst civilian disaster of World War 2, yet very few people know about it.

The Central line had not reached further East than Liverpool Street when the 2nd World war broke out, so work on the unfinished Bethnal Green underground station stopped. It was a natural place for East Londoners to shelter in safety from the bombs, particularly during the Blitz. There was no track and no trains could run through it, so it could accommodate up to 10,000 people sleeping on the platforms, in the tunnels and in the pit where the track would normally have been. Unlike the present 3 entrance/exits to the station there was only one entrance to the shelter during the war. You went through a narrow doorway that opened out straight onto the rough, wide steps, that were open to the elements so there could be no light to show the way down otherwise enemy planes would have seen it.

Media Coverage Of Cleaners Strike

BBC – London Underground cleaners to strike over pay: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20843693

London 24 – London Underground cleaners to go on 48-hour strike: http://www.london24.com/news/transport/london_underground_cleaners_to_go...

News RT – London Underground cleaners to strike over pay: http://www.newsrt.co.uk/news/london-underground-cleaners-to-strike-over-...

Shropshire Star – Tube cleaners in New Year strike: http://www.shropshirestar.com/shropshire-business/money/uk-money/2012/12...

Blog: 2011 Census

Data from the 2011 UK and Wales census was recently released. The Office for National Statistics which oversees the process says the census "help paint a picture of the nation and how we live. They provide a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics, and underpin funding allocation to provide public services."

A number of reports have been compiled from the findings covering London. Notably these include the 'GLA Intelligence Unit' reports into the Labour Market, Housing, Ethnic Diversity and Health & Unpaid Care findings of the cencus.

Press Coverage Of Queens Park Sidings Incident Which Saw Young Child On Track

Yesterday we reported the story of a 12 year old boy who had been taken into the sidings on the Bakerloo Line onboard an out of service train. The boy then climbed out between carriages into an area with live tracks and moving trains.

The boy managed to "shimmy up and over the ‘inner car barriers’ and out of the train. He could have killed himself as his means of exit from the train was directly going onto the live positive rail. He got out of the train into an area of 4 live running roads; it was only the actions of the driver that prevented a fatality."

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Workers' Education Association Course For 2012 / 2013

To apply for any of these course, the leaflet of courses and an application form is attached below

At the WEA we offer a range of union courses for reps of all experiences and backgrounds. Our courses are free for union reps and are accredited through time in the classroom and workplace activities. Workplace reps, shop stewards, H&S reps and learning reps all have a legal right to attend without loss of earnings.

NB: for all courses listed below WEA are running two separate courses on each day – a General course and a course specifically for those who work on London Underground.

All courses listed , unless otherwise stated, run from 9.30am to 4.30pm