The Socialist

The Socialist 23 March 2006

Hands off our pensions! All out on 28 March

Hands off our pensions!

How to win the battle to defend pensions

Time for a new workers' party

Successful Campaign for a New Workers' Party launch conference

Socialist Party members protest against Labour education minister Ruth Kelly

France: Millions protest against Villepin government

Iraq: A three-year nightmare

Can the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be resolved?

How to plan a revolution

Fight to save the NHS

Lewisham: Socialist Party takes up the fight against ALMOs

Fight privatisation in universities and colleges

Sheffield bus protest blocks the road

NUJ Conference: Defending pay and conditions

 
 

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The Socialist 23 March 2006, Hands off our pensions! All out on 28 March

spotHands off our pensions!

BY MASSIVE majorities, 1.5 million council workers have voted to take national strike action on 28 March...


spotHow 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.


spotTime for a new workers' party

Blair: Bosses puppet: cartoon by Alan Hardman
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...


spotSuccessful 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...


spotSocialist Party members protest against Labour education minister Ruth Kelly

Socialist Party members protesting against Labour education minister Ruth Kelly, photo Paul Mattsson

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...


spotFrance: 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...


spotIraq: 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...


spotCan 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.


spotHow 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.


spotFight 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...


spotLewisham: 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...


spotFight privatisation in universities and colleges

Socialist Students are campaigning for a fighting and democratic NUS...


spotSheffield 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.


spotNUJ 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.