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<b>Thurs Oct 29:</b> Zombies, Pete Price as Dracula and other less scary stories of the day

Published on October 29th 2009.

ZOMBIES WILL DESCEND ON SHOPPING CENTRES to convince shoppers to give blood. St John’s and Clayton Square have joined forces with the National Blood Service for the Halloween weekend. Dressed as zombies, Gemini dance group will perform Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and DJ Pete Price will also appear as Dracula.

THE SECOND PHASE OF ROYAL MAIL STRIKES is under way after talks between the CWU and Royal Mail bosses failed. Today will see most of the city’s mail centre workers and drivers go on a 24-hour strike, followed by action tomorrow and on Saturday. Despite CWU Deputy General Secretary Dave Ward saying that the last three days had been "the most useful and productive discussions" since the dispute started, they failed to reach a deal.

STRIKE ACTION COULD HIT LIVERPOOL WOMEN’S HOSPITAL over workers’ claims that they are owed back pay. Support staff at the hospital, including porters, cleaners, canteen workers and telephone operators, have asked their union, Unison, to prepare for a ballot on industrial action if they fail to be paid the money from employers Sodexo.

MERSEYSIDE MPS MAY LOSE UP TO £54,000 of their “resettlement grant” if they quit Parliament. The Kelly inquiry is expected to recommend putting a limit on the “golden-goodbye” of just two months – around £10,000. Depending on the age and length of service of the MP, it could mean a cut between £32,383 and £64,766.

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