In this issue:
The Socialist 23 March 2006, Hands off our pensions! All out on 28 March
Hands off our pensions!
BY MASSIVE majorities, 1.5 million council workers have voted to take national strike action on 28 March...
How to win the battle to defend pensions
THE LOCAL government union leaders have, in effect, conceded that any changes in the pension scheme will be to the detriment of future workers. These same union leaders kept council workers separate from the unions representing civil servants, teachers and health workers who, despite this breakdown in unity, forced the government to keep full pension rights for existing workers. Bill Mullins writes.
Time for a new workers' party The stench of rotten Labour:
SLEAZE HAS engulfed the government. Millions of pounds 'loaned' to New Labour to finance its last general election campaign, appear to have been given to buy seats...
Successful Campaign for a New Workers' Party launch conference
SUNDAY TRANSPORT problems meant that, as the Campaign for a New Workers' Party (CNWP) conference started, many people were still arriving, squashing into the back of the overcrowded hall...
Socialist Party members protest against Labour education minister Ruth Kelly
Socialist Party members protesting against Labour education minister Ruth Kelly, photo Paul Mattsson
NO IT'S not a stage version of Oliver but Socialist Party members (right) protesting against Labour education minister Ruth Kelly, who was addressing a TUC sponsored conference last Friday on Labour's education bill...
France: Millions protest against Villepin government
...but trade union leaders hesitate: SATURDAY 18 March saw a one-and-a-half million pro-testers take to the streets in France. This was to protest against both the new CPE youth employment contract law - which will allow employers to sack young people at will - and...
Iraq: A three-year nightmare
"IF THIS is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is," said Iyad Allawi, Iraq's former prime minister and one-time ally of the US administration...
Can the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be resolved?
HAMAS' RECENT election win in Gaza and the West Bank put the final nail into the coffin of the imperialist inspired Oslo Peace agreement signed in 1993, writes Kevin Simpson, CWI, London.
How to plan a revolution
Review: This short, gripping documentary follows two young political opposition activists during last year's parliamentary elections in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, writes Niall Mulholland.
Fight to save the NHS
NEWS THAT up to 1,200 NHS workers could be sacked by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire has shocked and angered everyone in the area...
Lewisham: Socialist Party takes up the fight against ALMOs
Housing privatisation...: LEWISHAM COUNCIL, like other authorities is trying to sell off our council homes to housing associations, PFI or arms length management organisation (ALMO) bodies. Socialist Party members oppose these plans...
Fight privatisation in universities and colleges
Socialist Students are campaigning for a fighting and democratic NUS...
Sheffield bus protest blocks the road
TRAFFIC WAS brought to a halt in Darnall, Sheffield on 15 March as elderly and disabled residents, supported by We Want Our Buses Back campaigners blocked the main road, writes Calvin Payne.
NUJ Conference: Defending pay and conditions
JOURNALISTS NEED well-resourced newsrooms, photographers and media crews, that enable them to work safely, with good pay and conditions, writes Molly Cooper, National Union of Journalists (NUJ), national executive committee (NEC), personal capacity.