The Socialist

The Socialist 3 July 2004

Choose To Fight Back

Choose To Fight Back

New Labour Privatising By Choice

Schools Campaign Challenges Labour

Socialism 2004: "A Really Brilliant Weekend"

Iraq: The Sovereignty Of Puppets

Ireland Greets Bush - But With Protests

Exclusive interview with Brazilian trade unionist

Encouraging Result for Martin Powell-Davies

Boss Livingstone's Scab Call

Tube Workers Fight To Defend Jobs And Conditions

Civil Service Jobs Massacre

Support The Dessian Strikers

Unison conference: Wrong Answers To Wrong Questions!


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The Socialist 3 July 2004, Choose To Fight Back

spotChoose To Fight Back

London Unison members on strike in 2002
Health and education under the cosh: IN THE battle over the future of public services, both Labour and the Tories announced they were the parties of 'choice'. Their debate would have sat comfortably in the pages of George Orwell's 1984 for its subversion of language...

spotNew Labour Privatising By Choice

"THERE IS no point Egon Ronay producing a guide to restaurants if all the tables are fully booked" was the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), James Johnson's, comment on New Labour's proposal to allow us all the choice of five different hospital waiting lists...

spotSchools Campaign Challenges Labour

Leicester South by-election: THE MAIN parties in the Leicester South by-election are battling to see who are the biggest hypocrites. The election has been called quickly for 15 July after the death of Jim Marshall MP, to try to stop the Liberals destroying New Labour's 13,000...

spot Socialism 2004: "A Really Brilliant Weekend"

spotIraq: The Sovereignty Of Puppets

Iraq 'handover': WITH NO ceremony and two days before it was scheduled to happen, the occupying forces in Iraq have handed over what they called "full sovereignty" to Iraqi nationals...

spotIreland Greets Bush - But With Protests

AROUND 20,000 people protested in Dublin on 25 June as Airforce One landed at Shannon Airport for an 18 hour EU-US summit. George W Bush is the first US president not to receive a warm welcome on an official state visit from even a small section...

spot Exclusive interview with Brazilian trade unionist

spotEncouraging Result for Martin Powell-Davies

NUT Elections: SOCIALIST PARTY member Martin Powell-Davies received 6,482 first-preference votes in the National Union of Teachers’ general secretary election...

spotBoss Livingstone's Scab Call

Tube strike: KEN LIVINGSTONE, former darling of the left, urged RMT members to cross picket lines on their one-day strike on 29 June. He said that the offer they had received from London Underground Limited (LUL) was "extremely generous" (see

spotTube Workers Fight To Defend Jobs And Conditions

THE STRIKE action originally called on both London Underground (LUL) and Network Rail for 30 June has already forced Network Rail to re-open their final salary pension fund for new staff...

spotCivil Service Jobs Massacre

ALL STAFF in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were called into special meetings on 29 June. This was as Secretary of State Andrew Smith made a statement in the Commons, outlining massive job cuts in the Department...

spotSupport The Dessian Strikers

AS WE reported in last week's socialist, workers at the Dessian Products PVC windows factory in Belfast have been on strike since 19 May. The strike began over the sacking of Paddy McCloskey, one of the two TGWU shop stewards in the plant...

spotUnison conference: Wrong Answers To Wrong Questions!

THE MOOD of militancy that was evident at UNISON's Local Government Service Group Conference, (see last week's socialist), did not automatically feed into the main Annual Delegate Conference, held on the following four days...