In this issue:
The Socialist 24 May 2003, Striking Back At Poverty Pay
Striking Back At Poverty Pay
End Low Wages And Privatisation In The NHS: HOSPITAL WORKERS across east London are due to take 48-hour strike action for decent pay from 28 May, writes Len Hockey, UNISON joint branch secretary, Whipps Cross hospital.
Amicus, The Political Fund And New Labour
'Political fund - who needs it?' That is the question asked in the current Amicus-MSF journal, as we prepare to vote on the retention or otherwise of the union's political fund, writes Mick Cotter, Amicus-MSF London Region Craft MM.
NATFHE conference: Defend Education Fight New Labour's Attacks
NATFHE, THE trade union organising lecturing staff in further education (FE) colleges and new universities in England and Wales has its conference this weekend, writes Andrew Price, national executive council (NEC) member, FE Wales.
Capitalism Means War And Terror
AS THE war against Iraq drew to a close, an opinion poll in Britain found that a majority of people, including those who supported the war, thought it would make the world a more dangerous and unstable place to live...
Education: New Labour's triple crisis
SATS - Clarke tries to head off boycott: EDUCATION SECRETARY Charles Clarke has announced that more weight will be given to teachers' assessments when testing seven-year-olds...
Fees - Tories try to woo students
THE CONSERVATIVE Party are, hypocritically, promising to scrap tuition fees - which are set to rise from £1,100 to a maximum £3,000 a year by 2006, writes Sarah Mayo.
Nursery Nurses scent victory in pay battle
THE INCREASINGLY bitter pay battle by nursery nurses in Kirklees, Yorkshire is rapidly reaching a conclusion - in the union's favour, writes Mike Forster, joint chief education steward, Kirklees UNISON, (personal capacity).
Coventry Labour Prefers Deals With The Tories
NEW LABOUR lost overall control on Coventry council in recent elections. Small parties - especially the Socialist Party - can effectively hold the balance of power, writes Rob Windsor, Socialist councillor Coventry.
Iraq: The Chaos Of Imperialist Occupation
Feature: "A MAN may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it." (WR Inge, Dean of St Pauls). George Bush and Tony Blair's 'war of liberation' has become the nightmare of occupation for Iraqis as the country descends into anarchy, political division and mass poverty. The socialist looks at imperialism's attempts to extricate itself from this mire.
Raffarin government attacks pensions France's Workers Take To The Streets
A HUGE demonstration of French workers called by the CGT union is expected to swamp the streets of Paris on 25 May...