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2 June 2008

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Socialism Today June 2008

New issue of Socialism Today out now

New Labour meltdown

3 June 2008

spotEditorial: Target 'ecological' taxes at the biggest polluters

Across Europe, farmers, fishermen, lorry drivers and others have been protesting against increased fuel costs...

3 June 2008

spotHeathrow protest: Demonstrating against a third airport runway

Heathrow runway expansion protests, photo Marc Vallée

Heathrow runway expansion protests, photo Marc Vallée


Over 3,000 people marched from Hatton Cross to Sipson to demonstrate their opposition to a third runway at Heathrow airport, writes Neil Cafferky.

3 June 2008

spotCosmetic measures against fuel poverty

THE GOVERNMENT'S plan, announced last week, to tackle fuel poverty doesn't amount to a hill of beans...

3 June 2008

spotBelfast Airport workers: The long battle for justice

The Socialist has carried regular articles about the battle being waged by three shop stewards, sacked from their security jobs at Belfast Airport...

3 June 2008

spotCome to the national shop stewards network conference

Time to fight back, time to organise: Millions of public-sector workers have had their pay frozen when real inflation is rocketing, writes Rob Williams, Unite convenor, Swansea Visteon plant, personal capacity.

3 June 2008

spotNew Labour's failures: Don't just get angry, get active

Grodon Brown meltdown. Cartoon on cover of Socialism Today, June 2008, by Suz

Grodon Brown meltdown. Cartoon on cover of Socialism Today, June 2008, by Suz



LABOUR ARE hated - it's official! A YouGov poll last week put them at their most unpopular since opinion polling began in 1943. Then, Labour was soon to introduce the NHS and the welfare state. That Labour Party is gone forever, writes Tom Baldwin.

4 June 2008

spotYouth against racism

On Saturday 21 June Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) has called a national demonstration against the racist British National Party...

4 June 2008

spotLondon Youth Against Racism activity

The London Youth against Racism in Europe (YRE) and International Socialist Resistance (ISR) protests against the election of a member of the British National Party to the London Assembly drew together politicised young people...

4 June 2008

spotNational demo against racist BNP

National demo against racist BNP

Saturday 21 June 2008
Assemble: 12 noon, Tooley Street, London SE1
(behind Greater London Assembly building, near Tower Bridge)

Contact ISR on anticapitalism@hotmail.co.uk or go to www.anticapitalism.org.uk

4 June 2008

spotStudents step-up struggle

School students are angry. Over the last six weeks, thousands have walked out in protest against the running down of the education system, writes Ben Robinson, ISR national co-ordinator.

4 June 2008

spotBerlin: 8,000 school students strike

Strikes in the public sector are currently shaking Berlin's political landscape. Thousands of striking school students have also been marching through the Berlin inner city...

4 June 2008

spotNuclear power: An expensive and dangerous failure

An energy policy partly based on nuclear power, as the government is proposing, obviously raises deep concerns about safety. But it is also the sheer uneconomic nature of nuclear power that makes it an abject failure as a major energy source worldwide, writes Roy Farrar.

4 June 2008

spotThe beautiful game, with beautiful profits for some

Now that the football season has drawn to a close, with the battle for the Premiership title having been fought between the usual clubs, John Reid, author of Reclaim the Game reviews the current state of football in England...

4 June 2008

spotDon't deport AmDani Juna

THE CAMPAIGN to stop the deportation of AmDani Juna has won at least a temporary success...

4 June 2008

spotNottingham: Student protests at arrests

OVER 500 students and staff demonstrated last week at Nottingham University over the arrest and threatened deportation of a member of staff, Hicham Yezza, writes Pete Mason.

4 June 2008

spotKeep our NHS public

ABOUT 80 delegates and visitors at the Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) conference on 31 May discussed the consequences of this Labour government's "disguised and devious" privatisation policies in the NHS, writes Keith Dickinson, West London KONP delegate and Save Charing Cross Hospital Campaign..

4 June 2008

spotUnion members reject pay insult

THOUSANDS OF NHS workers have rejected the government's below-inflation three-year pay offer...

4 June 2008

spotNationalise Bradford & Bingley

THE CHIEF executive of Bradford and Bingley bank has stepped down amidst reports of massively reduced profits, due to an increasing number of accounts in arrears...

4 June 2008

spotMarkets cannot end house building crisis

A LONDON newspaper recently announced in bold headlines: "Brown is brown bread" (for the benefit of non-Londoners, that means 'dead!'), writes Paul Kennedy.

4 June 2008

spotLebanon - civil war or rule by sectarian landlords

AFTER THE last two weeks of street conflict between pro-government and opposition armed militias, workers in Lebanon are now facing two 'choices': either a sectarian civil war or 'civil peace' with a ruling 'coalition', writes Tamir Mahdi, Beirut.

4 June 2008

spotIsrael: Olmert will go, but the political crisis will stick

IF IT was just another citizen, a criminal investigation would be conducted under conditions of arrest, writes Shahar Ben-Khorin, (CWI, Israel).

4 June 2008

spotEngels: A Revolutionary Life

Freidrich Engels

Freidrich Engels


The ideas of the Socialist Party, based on scientific socialism, are identified with Karl Marx and 'Marxism', but Friedrich Engels deserves to be bracketed alongside the great 'philosopher of the millennium'. Peter Taaffe reveiws Engels: A Revolutionary Life, by John Green. (Artery Publications, London 2008)

4 June 2008

spotNational Shop Stewards Network second conference

National Shop Stewards Network second conference

Saturday 28 June, 11.30am-4.30pm
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1.

Speakers include Bob Crow, RMT, Mark Serwotka, PCS and Brian Caton, POA, plus shop stewards from disputes around the country.

£5 per delegate. Send to: NSSN, PO Box 58262, London N1 1ET. Email davechapple@btinternet.com. Or see: www.shopstewards.net

11 June 2008

spotNational Shop Stewards Network second conference

National Shop Stewards Network second conference

Saturday 28 June, 11.30am-4.30pm

South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1.

Speakers include Bob Crow, RMT, Mark Serwotka, PCS and Brian Caton, POA, plus shop stewards from disputes around the country.

£5 per delegate. Send to: NSSN, PO Box 58262, London N1 1ET.

Ring 020 8522 1156 email: davechapple@btinternet.com
See: www.shopstewards.net

11 June 2008

spotWill Obama win?

AFTER THE final state primaries, Barack Obama has effectively secured the Democratic nomination for the presidential election in November. The fact that the contest was between an African-American and a woman symbolises deep social changes in the US...

11 June 2008

spotOil price shock - the chaos of capitalism

Years of frenzied speculation on commodity markets: We have been hit by a tsunami of energy price rises. A flood of speculative activity in oil markets has produced a huge bubble that will inevitably collapse in coming months. Lynn Walsh investigates.

11 June 2008

spotStop the NHS sell-off

On the 'Save the NHS' march, 3 November 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

On the 'Save the NHS' march, 3 November 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

'Failed' hospitals, polyclinics: WHETHER IT'S Gordon Brown or Tony Blair, New Labour's policy on the NHS remains the same - privatisation. The government took a further step in that direction recently with their announcement that any NHS hospital considered 'a failure' would in the future be run by a private company, writes Roger Davey, chair Swindon and Wiltshire health care Unison branch (personal capacity).

11 June 2008

spotMy pain - and privatisation

Doctors to the left of New Labour: I have a pain - literally - in my big toe and naturally had recourse to the doctor. On entering the doctor's surgery I found there was not another soul waiting to be seen. "My lucky day," I thought, expecting to see my doctor very quickly. How wrong, writes Peter Taaffe.

11 June 2008

spotStirring rally backs Tommy Sheridan

Tommy Sheridan in 2007

Tommy Sheridan in 2007

AT AN inspiring rally in Glasgow on 7 June, 250 people pledged their support for Tommy Sheridan, Gail Sheridan, Gus Healey, Graeme McIver, Rosemary Byrne, Jock Penman and Pat Smith, writes Jim McFarlane, CWI Scotland.

11 June 2008

spotUnderfunding youth facilities: It makes no sense!

Fifteen teenagers have been murdered in London in 2008, twelve of them stabbed to death. The question of violence dominates the mainstream media, and all of the main political parties have been clambering to prove they're 'the toughest on crime'...

11 June 2008

spotRacist BNP have no solutions!

Protest against the BNP after the Greater London Assembly elections, photo Sarah Mayo

Protest against the BNP after the Greater London Assembly elections, photo Sarah Mayo

'How can such a party have won seats in local councils and one on the Greater London Assembly?' This is a common question encountered by Socialist Party members when campaigning against the racist British National Party, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

11 June 2008

spotCome to the Campaign for a New Workers' Party Conference

At the rally for the national TUC lobby of Parliament on public-sector pay on 9 June, the loudest applause was given to those general secretaries who called on unions to coordinate industrial action on pay across the public sector to increase our pressure on the New Labour government, writes Katrine Williams, PCS DWP Wales secretary, personal capacity.

11 June 2008

spotNew Labour's parallel universe

In April 1946 George Orwell, author of the anti-Stalinist tribute to the Spanish working class, Homage to Catalonia, and Animal Farm, as well as the profoundly pessimistic 1984, wrote an essay called Politics and the English Language, writes Tony Mulhearn.

11 June 2008

spotImmortal Technique at the Coronet, London 4 June 2008

Gig review: Today's music is often accused of lacking the integrity, provocative thought and political anger of 'the good old days', with hip-hop being first in the firing line, writes Michael Wrack.

11 June 2008

spotBanking on NHS profits

A REPORT from the public accounts committee says that Britain's biggest bank, HSBC, and its investors, have made around £100 million from NHS hospitals...

11 June 2008

spotUsdaw needs a fighting leadership

Socialist Party member Robbie Segal is standing for general secretary of the shop and distribution workers' union USDAW. The Socialist recently interviewed her...

11 June 2008

spotOrganise to fight the public-sector pay robbery

Since New Labour came to power in 1997 the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in Britain has quadrupled to £412 billion. Last month it was reported that bankers and financiers had taken a record £12.6 billion in bonuses alone so far this year...

11 June 2008

spotUnison witch-hunt hits Northern Ireland

THE WITCH-HUNT of members of the Socialist Party in Unison has now extended to Northern Ireland. Pat Lawlor, Unison convenor for nursing in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, who has continually campaigned for Unison members in opposition to low pay, cuts in services and privatisation, is currently under 'investigation' by the union's national executive, writes Eileen Keenan, Northern Ireland Unison member in education, personal capacity.

11 June 2008

spotThe costs of privatisation

Street cleaners and park workers in the London Borough of Waltham Forest have had their jobs contracted out to Kier, a large company which includes privatised services amongst its portfolio, writes Kevin Parslow.

11 June 2008

spotBrighton bus drivers strike

Drivers at Brighton and Hove Buses which is run by Go Ahead, have voted to take six days of strike action on consecutive Mondays beginning on 20 June. This is after the drivers, organised in the Unite union, rejected pay offers by management, writes Phil Clarke, Brighton Socialist Party.

11 June 2008

spotWaltham Forest protest

WALTHAM FOREST libraries Unison steward and Socialist Party member Nancy Taaffe spoke at a rally against cuts to library services and attacks on library workers' terms and conditions...

11 June 2008

spotThem & Us

Protest at Bush: US PRESIDENT George Bush is visiting the UK on Sunday 15 June. The police have banned a protest march organised by the Stop the War Coalition from Parliament Square, London to Downing Street, where Gordon Brown is 'entertaining' Bush.

11 June 2008

spotObama declares victory, and shifts to the right

OBAMA'S VICTORY speech at the Xcel Center in St Paul, Minnesota, wouldn't start until well after 8pm but by 5pm a youthful, festive line of 15,000 already snaked through the downtown streets, writes Ty Moore, Socialist Alternative, USA.

11 June 2008

spotSudan's poor paying the price for oil

THE BATTLE for control of oil resources is threatening the very future of Sudan. Tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes and the town of Abyei has been destroyed in fighting between the Northern government's Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), writes Naomi Byron.

11 June 2008

spotFast news

Permanent occupation: AHEAD OF November's presidential election, the Bush administration is attempting to establish 50 permanent US armed bases in Iraq...

11 June 2008

spot"Anti-terror" laws are no solution

THE GOVERNMENT'S proposal to increase the period that "terrorism suspects" can be detained without charge from 28 days to 42, comes before parliament as we go to press, writes Roger Shrives.

11 June 2008

spotFujitsu workers strike to save jobs

Fujitsu workers took part in 12 hours of solid strike action at the company's factory in Birmingham on 9 June. The workers were protesting against the planned offshoring of jobs to the US which will result in up to 150 of the 700 workers being sacked, writes Ted Smith.

13 June 2008

spotProtest at Bush

Demonstration against George Bush's visit to the UK Sunday 15 June.

14 June 2008

spotIreland poll rejects the Lisbon Treaty

In a higher than normal turnout for a referendum, 53.1%, the Lisbon Treaty (the renamed EU Constitution), was clearly rejected on Thursday by 53.4% to 46.6%. As the 'no' side trailed in every opinion poll until one poll last week, this is a major shock for the political and business establishment in Ireland.

15 June 2008

spotCampaign for a new workers' party

TONY BLAIR and his coterie live in a fantasy world. Blair is now one of the most hated prime ministers in history, yet his closest advisers have drawn up a plan for him to depart after May 2007, saying that "he needs to go with the crowds wanting more." Hannah Sell writes.

17 June 2008

spotconference

Campaign for a new workers' party

Conference

Sunday 29 June 11am - 5pm
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1
Nearest stations - Kings Cross & St Pancras, Euston, Mornington Crescent

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary
Dave Nellist, Campaign for a New Workers' Party national chair
John McInally, PCS vice president
Simeon Andrews, Labour Representation Committee secretary
Rob Hoveman, Respect co-ordinating committee
Dave Church, Walsall Democratic Labour Party
Mike Davies, Alliance for Green Socialism chair

17 June 2008

spotUnite and fight against racism

Love Music Hate Racism 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Love Music Hate Racism 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Feature: It was only a little over forty years ago that black people in the US, the most powerful capitalist country in the world, won equal rights in law - and only then as a result of a magnificent mass movement that shook the country to its foundations...

17 June 2008

spotLisbon Treaty 'No' vote delivers major shock for political and big business Establishment

Socialist Party campaigns for a No vote in the referendum of the Lisbon Treaty, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Party No vote campaign, photo Paul Mattsson

IN A higher than normal turnout for a referendum, 53.1%, the Lisbon Treaty (the renamed EU Constitution) was clearly rejected in Ireland on Thursday 12 June, by 53.4% to 46.6%.
This is a major shock for the political and business Establishment in Ireland.
Kevin McLoughlin, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland), writes from Dublin.

17 June 2008

spotNHS: Polyclinics - Stop this backdoor privatisation

Feature: IN MANY parts of the country, new 'polyclinics' are opening up, replacing established GPs' surgeries. JO SECHER warns that the government's new polyclinics are not "community based health care", and they are certainly not "GP-led surgeries".

17 June 2008

spotPFI - a very bad deal for the NHS

IF YOUR local shop had an offer, "one for the price of three", they would not get much trade. Yet that's the kind of deal offered to health trusts by Private Finance Initiative (PFI) consortia on building hospitals...

17 June 2008

spotEnd the occupations

Protest against George W Bush visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

Protest against George W Bush visit to Britain, photo Paul Mattsson

SEVERAL THOUSAND anti-war demonstrators gathered in Parliament Square, London, last Sunday evening to protest against the two-day visit to Britain of US president George Bush...

17 June 2008

spotUnison conference: Angry delegates attack leaders

Unison conference 2008 anti-witchhunt protest, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison conference 2008 anti-witchhunt protest, photo Paul Mattsson

THE LOCAL government sessions of the Unison union's conference passed a resolution criticising the conduct of pay negotiations in local government, writes Jane James.

17 June 2008

spotDavid Davis - sanity or carving a position?

TORY SHADOW Home Secretary David Davis has stood down to fight a by-election in opposition to the government's narrow victory on the issue of 42 days detention without charge for 'terrorist' suspects, writes Ken Douglas.

17 June 2008

spotNo! to racism: Yes! to decent jobs, homes and public services

At a previous

At a previous 'Love Music Hate Racism' concert, photo Paul Mattsson

  • Unite and fight against low pay and cuts in jobs and services.
  • No to the far-right, racist BNP.
  • End cheap labour. For a minimum wage of £8 an hour. No exemptions.
  • A massive public spending programme to create more houses, schools, hospitals and all the facilities we need. End privatisation.
  • Campaign to form a new mass party of the working class.

18 June 2008

spotVictory against bosses at Keele

Staff at Keele University have won a modest victory at a time when working conditions are being attacked right across the higher education sector. It shows that even when management are fighting from a position of strength, they can be forced to retreat...

18 June 2008

spotStop New Labour's divisive school academy plans

Teachers strike on 24 April 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Teachers strike on 24 April 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

LABOUR'S 'IMPROVE or close' ultimatum to 638 English schools is a thinly disguised plan to accelerate the privatisation of secondary education. Under their "National Challenge Strategy", schools that have failed to meet the imposed minimum target, Martin Powell-Davies, secretary, Lewisham National Union of Teachers (NUT) writes.

18 June 2008

spotProtest at BNP 'hate festival'

THE FAR right racist British National Party (BNP) are planning a 'festival of hate' (the Red White and Blue festival) on 16 August in Denby near the Notts/Derbyshire border, writes By Nottingham and Derby anti-BNP campaigners.

18 June 2008

spotLet AmDani stay!

AS THE Socialist 536 reported, AmDani Juma won a temporary success in his struggle against deportation to strife-torn Burundi when his application for a judicial review was accepted. This was due to a huge campaign of pressure on the Home Office...

18 June 2008

spotGreater Manchester - save your post office

THIS SEPTEMBER, 67 post offices in different parts of Greater Manchester face closure. The government wants to shut 2,500 around the country. Many local post offices have started their own petitions.

18 June 2008

spotLeeds: Stop Beeston post office closures

The Leeds Socialist Party branch has been campaigning against the closure of three post offices in Beeston. We have done several stalls in the area and had a good response...

18 June 2008

spotNational Shop Stewards Network Conference

Standing up for our rights!: The prospects facing the majority of young workers today can only be described as dire. Many young people can only dream of earning a decent wage and carving out a secure future for themselves, writes Tracy Edwards, Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), young members' organiser.

18 June 2008

spotReopen the battle on NHS pay

Adrian O'Malley is the chair of Unison's Wakefield and Pontefract Hospitals branch and newly elected to Unison's health service group executive (SGE) for Yorkshire and Humberside...

18 June 2008

spotCWU's link with Labour hotly debated

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) conference met from 8-13 June, under the threat of huge attacks on its industries and its members, writes Dave Griffiths.

18 June 2008

spotWorkplace news in brief

PCS member Eddie Fleming's Employment Tribunal is taking place on 25 June, and the union is organising a lobby in his support. Eddie, the chair of the PCS union branch at the Child Support Agency (CSA), was sacked for his union activities on trumped up charges...

18 June 2008

spotLondon protest over Rajapaksa's dismal human rights record

ON 10 June, Tamils in London gathered in front of the Commonwealth Office to protest against Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit and against the UK prime minister Gordon Brown.

18 June 2008

spotStop big business polluting our environment

Beckton biofuels power station: THE CAMPAIGN against a planned bio-fuel power station in east London is gaining momentum, bringing together residents and environmental activists against health risks to local people, climate change and land misuse, writes Manny Thain.

18 June 2008

spotShell drivers strike

According to press reports, the strike by tanker drivers at multinational giant Shell's depots has concluded with a deal. It was 100% solid at the Shell Haven site in Coryton, Essex. Drivers were angry about their treatment from Shell and the contractor Hoyer. A driver on the picket line, Gary, spoke to The Socialist.

18 June 2008

spot300 attend Unison anti-witch hunt meeting

Stop-press: Meeting overflows...

25 June 2008

spotCouncil workers striking back

Unison members in local government have voted by 55% to 45% for a programme of sustained strike action against a derisory 2.45% pay offer.

25 June 2008

spotEditorial: Summer of discontent?

Following the pay rise victory of Shell tanker drivers, Unison council workers have voted for strike action over pay; starting with two days in July. This vote will be widely welcomed by workers throughout the public sector...

25 June 2008

spotPCS union sends letter of solidarity to Unison

As Unison started its annual conference, ahead of the council workers' vote to strike over pay, Mark Serwotka (general secretary of the PCS union) sent the following letter of support and solidarity to Unison's general secretary Dave Prentis, calling for united industrial action.

25 June 2008

spotCampaign for a new workers' party: Conference - Sunday 29 June, 11am - 5pm

South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1
Speakers include:
Bob Crow, RMT general secretary

25 June 2008

spotUnison conference 2008: Fighting to reclaim the union for its members

Glenn Kelly addresses Unison conference 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Glenn Kelly at Unison conference 2008 calls for review of Labour link, photo Paul Mattsson

BY THE end of this year's Unison conference of public sector workers, the Socialist Party was seen as the most prominent party, as a result of its campaign against the union leaders' witch hunt of four Socialist Party members and for promoting discussion on why Unison should break its political link with Labour, writes Jane James.

25 June 2008

spotUnison Service Group Executives - socialists elected

AnalysisUNISON MEMBERS have just elected their service group leaderships (SGEs), the bodies that oversee pay and conditions of service negotiations in service groups including local government, health, higher education and energy.

25 June 2008

spotNational Shop Stewards Network Conference

Saturday 28 June, 11.30am-4.30pm
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London NW1.
Speakers include
Bob Crow RMT,
Janice Godrich, PCS,
Brian Caton POA.

25 June 2008

spotFighting, democratic unions not witch hunts

"Democracy not bureaucracy": Throughout Unison's 2008 conference there were two main talking points. One was the witch hunt taking place against Unison activists, including myself and three other Socialist Party members. The other was motion 63, entitled 'New Labour, what do we get for our money', writes Onay Kasab, Greenwich Unison (personal capacity)

25 June 2008

spotZimbabwe: Mugabe's militias crush his political opponents

WITH ONLY days remaining before Zimbabwe's re-run presidential election, Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has announced he is pulling out of the contest, citing the use of widespread violence against his supporters by Zanu-PF militias allied to the incumbent president, Robert Mugabe. Dave Carr writes.

25 June 2008

spotAfghanistan - paying the price of western occupation

"THEY HAVE paid the ultimate price, but achieved something of lasting value" is what prime minister Gordon Brown said about the recent nine deaths of armed forces personnel in Afghanistan, writes Jim Thompson.

25 June 2008

spotCut throat competition threatens NHS

I WAS sorry to read in The Socialist 537 that Peter Taaffe has a pain in his big toe. His difficulty in getting to see his GP is all too common. Government imposed targets mean frustrating phone calls to book appointments, writes Jon Dale.

25 June 2008

spot"With polyclinics you're just a number"

"WHAT PEOPLE want is a good doctor who knows their history. If you get polyclinics, you'll just be a number." Many similar comments were made during a public meeting in the Nottinghamshire mining village of Warsop...

25 June 2008

spotStop this sell-off!

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS: EMPLOYEES OF Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS trust were shocked to find out that services for patients with long-term mental health problems will be put out to private tender and that they will be transferred to a private contractor...

25 June 2008

spot'Old' Labour - born out of workers' struggles

To most people today, the phrase 'Labour politician' brings to mind a sleek well-paid career politician. But that was not the way the Labour Party started out. For at least the first half of its life the Labour Party was built and maintained by dedicated...

25 June 2008

spotWorkers' battles win results: Tankers drivers' success upsets bosses

THE OIL tanker drivers' strike has ended. The drivers struck over the failure of multinational giant Shell and the contractors Hoyer, and Suckling Transport to pay them a decent pay rise, after years of attacks...

25 June 2008

spotBrighton bus drivers match inflation

BUS DRIVERS working for Brighton & Hove Bus Company have won an important deal in their pay dispute with the Go Ahead-owned business. T&G Unite members have accepted an improved pay offer from management by 410 votes to 73, writes Peter Knight.

25 June 2008

spotTeachers fight academy plans in Bolton

"What do Airtours know about running a school?": TEACHERS AT Withins school in Bolton took a second day of strike action on 18 June, over issues arising from their employers' plan to turn it into an 'academy' school, writes Hugh Caffrey.

25 June 2008

spotSummit fails to halt runaway oil prices

GORDON BROWN can add last week's Jeddah oil summit to his ever-growing list of policy failures. The Saudi Arabia-held conference was supposed to see Britain's hapless prime minister persuade the oil producing OPEC countries to significantly increase...

25 June 2008

spotBritain: No.1 arms dealer

BRITISH CAPITALISM produces far fewer manufactured goods than in the past, but in one sphere it's a world leader. Last year, it was the world's largest exporter of arms...

25 June 2008

spotThousands show their hatred for racism

On Saturday 21 June several thousand people marched against the far-right, racist British National Party (BNP) on the Love Music Hate Racism demonstration, writes Kat Jayawant and Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

25 June 2008

spotStudent unions can be pushed into action

Socialist Students: On Wednesday 18 June, Southampton University Students Union (SUSU) picketed the University of Southampton senate meeting...

25 June 2008

spotReview: False 'gods' of a failing system

Feature: According to the ancient Greeks: "Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad." Peter Taaffe reviews 'The Gods That Failed: How Blind Faith in Markets Has Cost Us Our Future', drawing out the value and limitations of a devastating critique of 'modern' capitalism.

25 June 2008

spotUnion news in brief

RMT's Bob Crow attacks the 'three Tory parties': IN THE debate on public ownership at the RMT rail union annual general meeting (AGM), general secretary Bob Crow said: "The reality is that we have three Tory parties in Britain now - the Tory party, the Labour party and the LibDems, writes Dave Reid.

25 June 2008

spotUsdaw election

Socialist Party member Robbie Segal is standing for election as general secretary of the shop and distribution workers' union, USDAW. For information about her campaign, please see: www.robbiesegal.org...

25 June 2008

spotPrices up, Wages down...Summer of action needed!

The cost of bread and meat up 9% in twelve months! Milk, cheese and eggs up by almost 20% and heating oil leaping by a staggering 84%! Jump in your car and head for the pumps and it's the same story, as petrol hits 112p a litre, writes Robin Clapp.

1 July 2008

spotDebate at CNWP conference

We are posting one or two of the speeches at the CNWP debate 'How can we fight for a working class political voice?' A video of al the opening speeches will be posted to the CNWP website www.cnwp.org.uk, writes Bob Crow, RMT general secretary.

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