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London Olympics faces industrial relations disaster

Alan Ritchie, the general secretary of the construction union UCATT has warned that the London 2012 Olympics faces an "industrial relations disaster" if the Olympic Delivery Authority did not agree a common site rate for construction workers on the Olympic Park.


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Warehouse Fire 12 Nov 2007

Warehouse Fire 12 Nov 2007



Fencing falls out

.: Clays Lane Co-op under demolition Clays Lane Co-op under demolition Photo by Mike WellsNot the blue fence but the Fencing Hall falls out! Pity. Clays Lane residents suggested events like this could easily be held in other locations meaning their estate could have been taken out of the Park. In fact, we tried to argue that the whole Games could have been parcelled out to a range of existing facilities!

It is now reported that the hall, which is at present located next to the Athletes' Village, may not be built and the event could be relocated to the Excel Centre at a saving of £90m. Hardly an original idea and one specifically put forward by residents at the Compulsory Purchase Inquiry.


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Not so cool for cats

Not so cool for cats

“Please do not believe Olympic Delivery Authority (O.D.A) claims that they are working closely with C.H.A.T and that they will notify C.H.A.T if kittens, lactating or pregnant cats are seen. They are reassuring the public by letter, email, telephone and in their own Newsletter (Issue 3, November 2007), that "The ODA is working closely with the Celia Hammond Trust to capture these cats and move them off the site and into new homes."
THIS IS NOT TRUE AND THE PUBLIC ARE BEING MISLED.... WE HAVE ONLY BEEN ALLOWED ON THE MAJOR PART OF THE SITE FROM JULY 10th - AUGUST 5th AND OCTOBER 19th – 28th...”




Rising Olympic costs slammed as catastrophic

  • Entire £2.7bn contingency fund is to be used up
  • Final London 2012 bill will be three times bid figure

The most pessimistic estimates of the final bill for the London 2012 Olympics were vindicated yesterday when the most senior civil servant involved on the project admitted that the entire £2.7bn contingency fund for the project would probably be spent.


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'The Olympic Cash Machine' on Channel 4

For the past six months, Dispatches has been investigating the London 2012 Olympics. Undertaking a forensic examination of who the real winners and losers are likely to be as a result of hosting the Games, reporter Antony Barnett reveals that, for a lucky few, the personal financial benefits could be huge.


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Save King’s Yard Campaign

King's Yard: Belfast truss roofKing's Yard: Belfast truss roofThe ODA has gone back on the original proposal contained in the LDA’s first planning application and Olympic and Legacy Masterplans to retain the finest industrial buildings in the Olympic area at King’s Yard, Carpenter’s Road. The works, which were used for making sweets and lozenges, were erected between 1902 and 1912 and include two buildings with curved roofs on timber Belfast trusses. These are probably some of the few surviving early 20th Century industrial examples of this type of roof truss in England. Most extant 20th Century Belfast truss roofs are on WW1 aircraft hangers. English Heritage historians recommended the whole site should be listed but this was rejected by E H listing inspectors who advised the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which is responsible for organising the Olympics, not to list the works.


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No human rights please, the IOC is a sports organisation

China's proposal to carry the Beijing Olympic torch through Taiwan and Tibet has focussed attention on China's human rights record, its occupation of Tibet and failure to support action over Sudan's behaviour in Darfur.


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