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1 March 2007

spotBurslem posties stand firm

SINCE BEFORE Christmas, postal bosses in North and Mid Staffordshire have attempted to replace full-time jobs with part-time ones...

1 March 2007

spotNHS: No more delays - for a mass demo!

WHILE NHS cuts and closures continue around the country, Patricia Hewitt, government health secretary, has announced the building of seven new hospitals...

1 March 2007

spotNo to NHS marketisation

ON 22 February, a torch-lit procession marched through Liverpool city centre to "Save the NHS"...

1 March 2007

spotBetraying the NHS

the socialist review: "Michael Mandelstam's analysis is unanswerable and his criticisms robust. His book should be studied by everyone concerned with how health care is delivered...

1 March 2007

spotVisteon victory for shop floor

THE SHOP stewards' committee in Visteon's Swansea plant have resisted the company's plans to stop brake disc production in the factory...

1 March 2007

spotCumbria rail crash: Safety not profit

THE FAULT with a set of points that caused last week's train derailment in Cumbria, in which one person died, was almost identical to the one that caused the Potters Bar rail disaster in 2002....

1 March 2007

spotMake anti-war movement an unstoppable force

Demonstration against Trident Feb24 2007, photo Pedro

Demonstration against Trident Feb24 2007, photo Pedro

After 24 February demo: THE TENS of thousands streaming through central London and Trafalgar Square on Saturday 24 February had a clear message: 'No to Trident...

1 March 2007

spotItaly: Political crisis grips Prodi government

But Prc lacks coherent alternative policies: ON 21 February, the Italian coalition government faced collapse when the Prime Minister, Romano Prodi tendered his resignation. ...

1 March 2007

spotSouth London shootings: The bitter effect of poverty and alienation

THE SHOOTINGS of three school age children in south London have caused great concern...

1 March 2007

spotThreat to Tower Colliery jobs

SIXTY MINERS at Tower Colliery, in South Wales, have received redundancy notices...

1 March 2007

spotTake over the robber banks!

THERE'S BEEN good news and bad news for shareholders and bosses of Britain's high street banks...

1 March 2007

spotUnique care workers lobby

THE SACKED careworkers at Unique in Huddersfield held a lobby outside the offices of Kirklees council in advance of the full council meeting on 28 February...

1 March 2007

spotProtests make council back off

Bridgend: AROUND 25 young people protested this week outside Bridgend council offices against attacks on public services...

1 March 2007

spotLatin America: A continent in revolt

CWI world congress report (4): THE RECENT world congress of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI - the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) debated the explosive developments in Latin America where th...

1 March 2007

spotCongress to build the forces of socialism

Socialist Pary congress 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Socialist Pary congress 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

The Socialist Party's 2007 national congress took place during the three days 17-19 February...

1 March 2007

spotSocialist Party congress appeal

The finance appeal at the Socialist Party congress was a great success, raising a total of £8,193...

1 March 2007

spotFighting for women's rights

The pressures of life under capitalism, double standards which still leave women doing the vast majority of childcare and housework, and a lack of confidence are all barriers which women can face to joining the Socialist Part...

1 March 2007

spotSupport the socialist with a May Day greeting

International Workers' Day, 1 May, is the time to show international solidarity with all workers and young people struggling against oppression and for decent living conditions...

1 March 2007

spotProtesting across the country

Huddersfield Campaign to defeat fees, photo Ian Slattery

Huddersfield Campaign to defeat fees, photo Ian Slattery

Campaign to Defeat Fees: HUNDREDS OF students in many areas took action as part of the Campaign to Defeat Fees (CDF) day of action on 22 February. This ranged from big protests to petitioning and stunts on the issues of student debt and top-up fees.

The action took place in over 40 colleges and universities, with more to follow this week when colleges come back from half term. Matt Dobson, Socialist Students national co-ordinator has compiled reports from the day of action.

1 March 2007

spotUnison: Build genuine opposition on the left

UNISON national executive elections: ONE OF the most important elections for a long time is due to take place in UNISON...

1 March 2007

spotVote for Roger Kline

UCU general secretary election: LAST YEAR saw the merger of the two main post-school education trade unions, the AUT and NATFHE into the University and College Union (UCU)...

1 March 2007

spotJobs and services, not cuts and excuses!

DOZENS OF angry care workers lobbied Bolton council against a savage cuts programme at a full council meeting on 21 February. ...

1 March 2007

spotNHS crisis: clean out the profiteers

Calling for a national demonstration in 2006 - photo Paul Mattsson

Calling for a national demonstration in 2006 - photo Paul Mattsson

THE SCANDAL of the privatisation of vital NHS services has been exposed yet again. Deaths linked to the hospital bug Clostridium difficile have risen by 69%, to 3,800 since the year 2004-2005. Deaths linked to the MRSA infection have risen by 39%, to 1,629 in the same period.

8 March 2007

spotLambeth Students and Community unite

A huge cheer went up as from dozens of Lambeth college students as Wednesday's SOS demonstration (see above) reached Lambeth Town Hall...

8 March 2007

spotLambeth demo against cuts

Lambeth Councils ruling Labour Group were forced into a retreat over its plans to for services to vulnerable adults last Wednesday when a demonstration nearly 500 strong marched through Brixton and descended on Lambeth Town H...

8 March 2007

spotInternational Women's Day

Fighting low pay decades after the Equal Pay Act: TO MARK International Women's Day 2007 (8 March) the socialist carries below three articles by Socialist Party members on some key social issues facing women today...

8 March 2007

spotSocialist Party congress report (2)

Recruitment, membership & campaigning: The Socialist Party congress took place on 17-19 February. Following reports of the congress political sessions on world events and Britain in last week's...

8 March 2007

spotYoung workers: Fight for your rights!

ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

Come to ISR conference Since the terrible shootings of three young people in south London, ministers have put on their caring faces and are giving advice on how young people can secure a decent future...

8 March 2007

spotEgypt: Strikewave shakes regime and state-run unions

Elite fear new social explosions: A HUGE strike wave has swept across Egypt in the past three months - a country where strikes are illegal and demonstrations of any sort face brutal, bloody repression...

8 March 2007

spotSecondary education becoming a lottery

NOT STOPPING at betting using mammoth hedge funds or the building of super-size gambling dens rather than factories, casino capitalism is now being applied to schools, with the decision by Brighton and Hove council to introdu...

8 March 2007

spotNo divide and rule - save these hospitals

SOCIALIST PARTY members have been campaigning in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr against hospital cuts...

8 March 2007

spotNHS: First priority - a national demonstration

Unison and RCN lobby of parliament in 2006, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison and RCN lobby of parliament in 2006, photo Paul Mattsson

3 March protests: THE 3 March protests to save the NHS, involving thousands of people, show the anger over savage health cuts and the potential for a nationwide campaign of mass protests and industrial action....

8 March 2007

spotFury in Camden

ON 28 February, hundreds of angry demonstrators tried to storm the council meeting at Camden Town Hall, as the Tory/ Lib-Dem led council was trying to axe £40 million from the council budget over three years...

8 March 2007

spotKirklees - save our nurseries

IN KIRKLEES council, the Tory administration's budget for next year included plans to close three children's nurseries in Huddersfield. ...

8 March 2007

spotCouncil workers ballot for city-wide strike

Southampton: IN SOUTHAMPTON, like many areas, the pain of council cuts is spread unevenly...

8 March 2007

spotUniting the battle against cuts and privatisation

MANCHESTER UNITY Stewards and Activists Group (MUST) is being set up to fight for cross-service unity and action over pay, cuts, single status, privatisation and pensions....

8 March 2007

spotThey are all the same - even the Greens!

Tales from the council chamber: THE 1 March meeting to set Lewisham council's budget for 2007-08 showed again that the establishment parties really are all the same. ...

8 March 2007

spotA crucial time for Royal Mail pensions

ROYAL MAIL'S "Financial Re-organisation and Investment Plan" is the biggest threat so far to postal workers' pensions. ...

8 March 2007

spotUnited action needed to defend Airbus jobs

AIRBUS, THE giant European plane manufacturer announced last week that they were to get rid of over 10,000 jobs from their plants in Germany, France, UK and Spain....

8 March 2007

spotWhat's Left? - not Nick Cohen!

PETER TAAFFE reviews What's Left? by Nick Cohen and replies to his accusation that the 'left' supported Saddam Hussein because it opposed the invasion...

8 March 2007

spotScotland - Solidarity conference

THE FIRST policy conference of Solidarity - Scotland's Socialist Movement on 3 March, was attended by 250 people, of whom 200 were registered delegates...

8 March 2007

spotBrown's pay cut insult

Unison and RCN lobby of parliament in 2006, photo Paul Mattsson Trade union action for decent pay and public services

"THIS IS the last straw - 1.9% is the final insult" a health visitor angrily told me last Friday.

On top of job losses, increased workloads, pension cuts and privatisation, public-sector workers were kicked in the teeth last week by New Labour's announcement of an effective pay cut.

Photo: Unison and RCN lobby of parliament in 2006, Paul Mattsson

15 March 2007

spotMinimum wage insult

THE 'GENEROUS' October increase in the adult minimum wage will be 17p an hour - effectively a pay cut for over a million low-paid workers. ...

15 March 2007

spotUNISON Health group votes for summer demo

NHS demonstration March 3rd 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration March 3rd 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

THE CONTINUING protests against the savage attacks on the NHS show that there is still massive anger about what New Labour are doing to the national health service...

15 March 2007

spotHewitt's 'day of exchange'

WATCHED BY local BBC and ITN camera crews, UNISON and RCN stewards/reps from across the East Midlands protested outside Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt's surgery on 3 March...

15 March 2007

spotFighting the cuts in Camden

Camden protest against cuts, photo A Cohen

Camden protest against cuts, photo A Cohen

CAMDEN SOCIALIST Party has held a public meeting just a week after the storming of the town hall (see the socialist 477)...

15 March 2007

spotLambeth council attacks services for vulnerable people

IN SPITE of demonstrations and protests, south London Lambeth council voted through £700,000 worth of cuts to voluntary sector organisations at its meeting on 28 February....

15 March 2007

spotBarking BNP don't oppose council cuts

AROUND THE country, angry protesters are storming council chambers and socialist councillors are voting against cuts...

15 March 2007

spotNorthern Ireland Assembly elections: Another sectarian headcount...

THE RESULT of the Northern Ireland Assembly election was yet another sectarian headcount...

15 March 2007

spotWe Won't Pay Campaign conference success

Water charges: THE FIRST conference of the anti-water charges 'We Won't Pay Campaign' was held on Saturday 10 March...

15 March 2007

spotSolidarity builds party profile ahead of elections

Scotland: TWO HUNDRED members of 'Solidarity - Scotland's Socialist Movement' attended the party's policy conference at the beginning of March...

15 March 2007

spotUS continues threats over Iran's nuclear ambitions

TENSIONS BETWEEN the US and Iran became feverish as the United Nations (UN) security council resolution (insisted upon by the US) instructing Iran to suspend its nuclear programme, passed its 21 February deadline...

15 March 2007

spotIraq war: Convicted Bush official is 'fall guy' over WMD scandal

IN THE most politically charged trial in the US since Irangate in the 1980s and Watergate in the 1970s, a senior official of the Bush administration - Lewis "scooter" Libby - was convicted of obstructing justice, perjury an...

15 March 2007

spotFebruary revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?

23 FEBRUARY 1917 (8 March in the new style Gregorian calendar) marked the beginning of the socialist revolution in Russia that sparked a revolutionary wave that would travel around the world. PETER TAAFFE analyses the lessons of February for the working class today.

15 March 2007

spotCelebrating International Women's Day

Pictures of women in struggle and socialist demands from women comrades in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sweden were on display at the Socialist Party all-London public meeting to celebrate International Women's Day...

15 March 2007

spotTenants vote no to council housing sell-off

COUNCIL TENANTS in Brighton and Hove have dealt a blow to New Labour's privatisation agenda...

15 March 2007

spotMarket-driven 'social housing' threatens tenants

THE GOVERNMENT recently launched a new report into the future of social housing...

15 March 2007

spotLewisham council's outrageous attack

Fat cat housing chiefs: A RECENT meeting of Lewisham council's con-stitutional working party discussed a Labour and Lib Dem-backed proposal to limit the number of motions a councillor could propose or second to one per council meeting...

15 March 2007

spotWill government plans stop climate change?

A EUROPEAN Union (EU) summit last week set targets on renewable energy use, energy efficiency and reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...

15 March 2007

spotBuild the campaign to defeat fees

LONDON SOCIALIST Students members lobbied the National Union of Students (NUS) headquarters on 9 March to hand over the Campaign to Defeat Fees (CDF) declaration to NUS president Gemma Tumelty and other NEC members....

15 March 2007

spotInternational Socialist Resistance (ISR) and Socialist Students conference

Tickets £3/£5. Send cheques to PO Box 858, London E11 1YD. Call 020 8558 7947 for more info...

15 March 2007

spotTrade Unions and the Labour Party: CWU branch asks some awkward questions

JUDY GRIFFITHS, the secretary of the Coventry branch of the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) recently wrote to CWU general secretary Billy Hayes on behalf of her branch.

15 March 2007

spotCampaign for a New Workers' Party conference

The Campaign for a New Workers' Party was launched in March 2006. A CNWP conference will be held on 12 May. It is open to all signatories of the CNWP declaration.

15 March 2007

spotKurdish asylum seekers living in fear

THE DAYS of worrying, of not feeling safe and secure, are starting again. News of Kurdish asylum seekers being arrested in their houses, workplaces and...

15 March 2007

spotUNISON leaders lead members into dead end

Local government pensions: ABOUT 900 UNISON members in local government met on 6 March to discuss the way forward on pensions...

15 March 2007

spotSOUTHAMPTON council strike

SOUTHAMPTON CITY council workers will be on strike for 24 hours on 20 March in a battle against privatisation of 1,000 jobs and £6 million cuts.

15 March 2007

spotPCS prepares for more struggles

THE LEFT Unity led National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PCS union met last week to make preparations for the next stage of the national industrial action campaign to defend jobs, pay and public services....

15 March 2007

spotRight wins lecturers' union leadership - on a 14% turnout

ON 9 March, the University and College Union, UCU, announced the results of the election for its first general secretary since its formation from the merger of AUT and NATFHE...

15 March 2007

spotReinstate Dave Condliffe now

staffs postal workers say: Postal workers at the Burslem depot in Stoke have taken one week's strike action to call for the reinstatement of sacked postal worker Dave Condliffe...

15 March 2007

spot£billions for rich... Pennies for us!

Picture: Tony Blair - Bosses Blair's Britain: BRITAIN IS now more unequal than at any time in living memory. If you are a low-paid worker on the minimum wage you're offered a pay rise way below the real inflation rate. It's the same 'offer' for many public-sector workers. If you are an out-of-work single parent, you're harassed by the government to get any job, no matter how low-paid. If you are one of the super-rich, however, this government will fawn on you.

Tony Blair - Bosses' puppet

22 March 2007

spotAmicus and TGWU to merge

AS EXPECTED, members of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) have voted overwhelmingly to support the merger of the two unions...

22 March 2007

spotHow was the slave trade abolished?

 Toussaint L'Ouverture led a successful uprising of black slaves

Toussaint L'Ouverture led a successful uprising of black slaves

Reform or revolt?: TWO HUNDRED years after the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act was passed in Britain's Parliament, Hugo Pierre asks:...

22 March 2007

spotBlair (and Tories) get their Trident vote

WITH THE help of the Tories, Blair got his plans to start the 'renewal' of Trident, Britain's nuclear submarine system, passed through parliament on 14 March...

22 March 2007

spotPublic anger sees off BNP

"THE FAR-right BNP were there on the High Street, then this crowd gathered shouting 'racist pigs'...

22 March 2007

spotKeep the market out of education!

Lincolnshire: LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY council proposes to spend up to £50 million transforming three local schools into 'city academies'...

22 March 2007

spotPassenger protests force some improvements

Rail investment: THE GOVERNMENT ann-ouncement that 1,000 new rail carriages are to be provided to ease overcrowding is welcome news for rail travellers and rail workers who are frustrated that the service we provide fails our customers...

22 March 2007

spotDivisive forgery shocks health campaign

Kirklees: THE SAVE Huddersfield NHS campaign won a famous victory in last year's council elections in Kirklees council when local GP and Socialist Party member Jackie Grunsell was elected as a councillor for the Crosland Moor and Neth...

22 March 2007

spotWater charges to be delayed?

Northern Ireland: SHOP STEWARDS and officials of the GMB union met Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain in Belfast on 20 March...

22 March 2007

spotPrivate equity deals - fight free-market vultures

Editorial: THERE IS a frenzy of takeovers by private equity firms, part of a world-wide surge of company mergers and takeovers by banks, hedge funds and big corporations...

22 March 2007

spotBudget: Who are the real scroungers?

You can tell when Budget Day is coming because the bosses step up their wailing for tax cuts...

22 March 2007

spotA tale of two tours

Latin America: YOU WOULD rarely have a bigger contrast between Presidents George Bush and Hugo Chavez on their recent tours around Latin America...

22 March 2007

spot"Bush out of Iraq and Lula out of Haiti"

IN BRAZIL, the biggest protest was on 8 March in Sčo Paulo, where President Lula received Bush...

22 March 2007

spotGreece: The struggle to defend free education

Greece: HUNDREDS OF occupied universities... striking university lecturers... demonstrations tens of thousands strong...; for ten months now Greek youth have fought...

22 March 2007

spotEnd Iraq hell

Bush and Poodle Blair: Get out of Iraq, photo Alan Hardman

Bush and Poodle Blair: Get out of Iraq, photo Alan Hardman

Four years of occupation: FOUR YEARS on from the invasion of Iraq, and what have the Iraqi people got...

22 March 2007

spotYoung people get organised

ISR conference 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

ISR conference 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

ISR/Socialist Students conference: STUDENTS, YOUNG people and young workers gathered in London on 18 March for the Socialist Students and International Socialist Resistance (ISR) annual conference...

22 March 2007

spotBurslem postal workers continue the fight

Reinstate Dave Condliffe: POSTAL WORKERS in Burslem continue the fight to get Dave Condliffe reinstated...

22 March 2007

spotDefend UNISON health activist

YUNUS BAKHSH, a long-standing UNISON health activist, is facing disciplinary action from his employers in the north east and from UNISON, at the same time....

22 March 2007

spotGreenwich single status scandal

OVER 600 Greenwich UNISON members attended a mass meeting on 14 March, following the council's latest proposals to attack pay and conditions under the guise of 'single status'....

22 March 2007

spotTUC try to cut conference childcare provision

Women's TUC: OVER 250 women attended the Women's TUC this year. But most of the motions contrasted sharply with the interviews with trade unionists from Ford and others...

22 March 2007

spotSocialist Party women's day school a success

A successful Socialist Party women's day school took place last Saturday. Former health worker, Liz Cowell introduced a discussion on the maternity crisis...

22 March 2007

spotFight university job cuts

JOB LOSSES at Manchester university are being resisted by "angry and affronted" staff...

22 March 2007

spotLobby for migrant workers' rights

AMICUS IS organising a rally and lobby of parliament to protest against the exploitation of migrant workers in the UK and the undercutting of union-negotiated agreements on pay and conditions...

22 March 2007

spotMay Day greetings - support the socialist

Surrey Unison deputy branch secretary Paul Couchman has raised £89 for a May Day greeting from individual donations given by members of his union branch....

22 March 2007

spotLabour's NHS plans: not what the doctors ordered!

Doctors demonstrate March 2007, photo Naomi Byron

Doctors demonstrate March 2007, photo Naomi Byron

DO YOU want to be referred for an operation by Tesco or Sainsbury's? Would you trust Asda to prescribe the medication that is best for you? New Labour...

26 March 2007

spotRifondazione Comunista - its future?

Italy: On A recent visit to Italy, Peter Taaffe, together with other CWI members, discussed perspectives with workers and activists in the Italian labour movement for the future of Rifondazione Comunista (Prc)....

26 March 2007

spotWill Bush bomb Iran?

Iran: Alarm bells have been ringing, left and right. John Pilger, the radical journalist, wrote an article, Iran: The War Begins (New Statesman, 3 February),...

26 March 2007

spotWill Bush bomb Iran?

Iran: Alarm bells have been ringing, left and right. John Pilger, the radical journalist, wrote an article, Iran: The War Begins (New Statesman, 3 February),...

26 March 2007

spotVictory for Glasgow's Council Workers in the Fight for Protection

Glasgow's New Labour council have been forced to retreat in the face of a massive strike over their plans to cut the pay of 4,500 council workers....

29 March 2007

spotThe 'Single Status' scandal

Local government: TENS OF thousands of local government workers are up in arms as the results of the single status new pay and grading scheme are rolled out by their employers....

29 March 2007

spotCouncil unions reject 2% pay offer

UNISON AND the other unions representing local government workers have rejected the employers' pay offer of 2%...

29 March 2007

spotFighting cuts and privatisation

"I LOST £5,000 working for that lot in my last job!" was the response from one council worker on the mass lobby of the latest council meeting in Southampton.

29 March 2007

spotFor the millions, not the millionaires

Vote Socialist, photo Alan Hardman

Vote Socialist Alternative on 3 May

THE ELECTIONS on 3 May will be the last with Tony Blair as prime minister.

Unfortunately, his policies of low pay, cuts in public services, privatisation and warmongering will continue after he goes, writes Hannah Sell.

Vote Socialist, photo Alan Hardman

29 March 2007

spotStop council's sell-off plans

Carmarthenshire: THREE UNIONS, UNISON, GMB and T&G are currently campaigning against Carmarthenshire county council's plans to privatise the in-house home carer's service...

29 March 2007

spotHands off our postal service!

TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo Paul Mattsson

TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo Paul Mattsson

Closures, cutbacks, privatisation...: Faced with massive opposition to post office privatisation from the general public and from postal workers, as with education and the NHS, the government has been pursuing a backdoor route to privatisation...

29 March 2007

spotEdinburgh postal workers fight back

SCOTLAND NO 2 CWU branch officials have just negotiated a return to work of over 1,000 postal workers in the Edinburgh Mail centre, after a management climb-down....

29 March 2007

spotWorkers' fightback to defend postal services

Andy Bentley...

29 March 2007

spotA simple conclusion from a 'simplification' budget

Editorial: THE DAILY Mirror declared triumphantly: "Historic 2p income tax cut that will make Gordon PM"...

29 March 2007

spotWill the new agreement last?

Northern Ireland: THE MEDIA had pictures on 26 March of 'old enemies' Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein reaching an agreement to return power sharing to the Northern Ireland Assembly from 8 May....

29 March 2007

spotWe Won't Pay anti-water charges demo 31 March

WORKERS WILL have their first chance to give their own warnings to the new Assembly on 31 March when the We Won't Pay Campaign demonstrates against water charges in Belfast...

29 March 2007

spotItaly: What future for Prc?

ON A recent visit to Italy, PETER TAAFFE, together with other CWI members, discussed perspectives with workers and activists in the Italian labour movement for the future of Rifondazione Comunista (Prc)...

29 March 2007

spotTenants defeat housing sell-off

Swansea: 'DEFEND COUNCIL Housing' (DCH) campaigners in Swansea are celebrating the defeat of the council's attempt to privatise its housing stock...

29 March 2007

spotUniversities fail to accept state school pupils

THE FALL in applications to universities at the start of this year was mainly felt by Britain's least financially well-off people...

29 March 2007

spotSuffolk: Save our schools

ON 22 March, Suffolk county council voted to close 40 schools after deciding to change to a two-tier system and remove middle schools...

29 March 2007

spotAirbus walkout - joint action needed across Europe

THE VAST majority of the 7,000 strong workforce at the Airbus UK factory at Broughton in North Wales, walked out on strike on 23 March....

29 March 2007

spotTurkish state attacks Kurdish protestors

DESPITE THE Turkish government attacking and banning demonstrations on Newroz day, (21 March), hundreds of thousands of Kurdish people took to the streets, demonstrated and called for freedom...

29 March 2007

spotPUSH for mass demo

NHS demonstration March 3rd 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration March 3rd 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

Save our National Health Service: Patients, hospital staff, doctors and medical students are all suffering due to New Labour's destruction of the NHS...

29 March 2007

spotFast News

Diamond geezer: IT'S ALWAYS a problem knowing what present to give someone who has got it all...

29 March 2007

spotLondon Olympics: Big business bonanza - and we pay

CULTURE SECRETARY Tessa Jowell recently announced that the 2012 Olympic games to be staged in east London, will cost an estimated £9.3 billion...

29 March 2007

spotDetermined campaigners win reprieve

Kirklees nurseries: KIRKLEES COUNCIL in west Yorkshire has been threatening to close three nurseries, Tiddlywinks, Cambridge Road and Sankofa...

29 March 2007

spotCouncil workers fight pay cut scandal

TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo Paul Mattsson

TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo Paul Mattsson

COUNCIL WORKERS across the country are facing yet another onslaught of attacks on jobs, services, pay and conditions...

30 March 2007

spotSacked electricians win tribunal ruling

TONY JONES, TGWU health and safety rep and fellow workers Steve Acheson and Graham Bowker, sacked from the Manchester Royal Infirmary site, have won their tribunal cases...

30 March 2007

spotHants library workers fight cuts

ON 22 March, striking librarians from across Hampshire marched through Winchester to show their anger at the Conservative county council's plans to cut 27 jobs and slash the pay of another 17 librarians...

30 March 2007

spotManchester Unity Stewards and activists group

A SUCCESFUL launch of Manchester Unity Stewards and activists group (MUST) took place on 12 March...

30 March 2007

spotReject regional pay

NEW PAY proposals in the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) mean a court usher in Bootle will be paid £2,000 more than an usher in Southport...

30 March 2007

spotEaling workers fight pay cuts

IN EALING, west London, 175 special educational need coach escorts, 90% of whom are women, were handed a letter recently telling them that their hours were to be recalculated...

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