The Socialist

The Socialist 24 August 2006

Unite against war, terror and racism

Unite against war, terror and racism

Wars and terrorism

"We won't be treated like dirt"

Strike ballot begins

PFI - Labour's binge profiteering

PFI scams exposed

Protests in Nuneaton

Ballots and lobbies in Pontefract

Sheffield - stop these attacks on children's health

Cuts and sell-offs in Birmingham

The NHS: What we say

Tony Blair takes the biscuit...

Preparing for the new term

Lincoln launches anti-BNP campaign

Liberal U-turn stops tenants' ballot victory

Cream for fat cats - debts for us!

Visteon workers fight for their future

Prison officers vote to strike

Crown Post Offices

National trade union meeting


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The Socialist 24 August 2006, Unite against war, terror and racism

spotUnite against war, terror and racism

ISR on demonstration against Israel's war on Lebanon

ISR on demonstration against Israel's war on Lebanon

THE ISRAELI ceasefire was met with great relief in Lebanon. During 34 days of intensive shelling, over 9,500 Lebanese 'targets' had been hit by the Israeli army and navy, writes Jenny Brooks.

spot Wars and terrorism

Socialist Party NHS campaign

spot"We won't be treated like dirt"

LOW-PAID ancillary workers were on the picket line outside Whipps Cross hospital in east London on 14 and 15 August. "We are determined to get a just settlement of our claim", joint UNISON branch secretary Len Hockey told the socialist.

spot Strike ballot begins

spotPFI - Labour's binge profiteering

THE GOVERNMENT has announced that a new 1.5 billion wave of new hospitals will be built under the costly but profitable (to private firms!) Private Finance Initiative (PFI)...

spotPFI scams exposed

CHANNEL FOUR'S Dispatches programme on 14 August gave a detailed expos on the costs of PFI to the public services...

spotProtests in Nuneaton

OVER 300 people demonstrated against proposed hospital cuts in Nuneaton on 17 August. The Acute Services Review wants to transfer some emergency care along with children's and maternity services from Nuneaton to the new PFI hospital in Coventry.

spotBallots and lobbies in Pontefract

PONTEFRACT'S 70-strong "Keep Our NHS Public" meeting unanimously supported the proposal to set up a broad-based campaign to defend local health services and fight NHS privatisation, writes Mick Griffiths Wakefield and Pontefract hospitals UNISON branch secretary (personal capacity).

spotSheffield - stop these attacks on children's health

THE NHS in Sheffield faces huge cost-cutting measures. Over 100 million has already been announced in cuts over the next three years. About 10% of this is based at the Sheffield Children's NHS trust, writes Jon Smith GMB branch secretary, Sheffield Children's hospital.

spotCuts and sell-offs in Birmingham

AT BIRMINGHAM Socialist Party's city centre stall on 19 August some health workers including trainee doctors and nurses, told us they don't have jobs at the end of their training...

spot The NHS: What we say

Socialist Party youth and students

spotTony Blair takes the biscuit...

Bringing poodle Blair his bone let's give him one at schools and colleges around the country!
Many young people see Tony Blair as a poodle to the foreign policy of warmonger George Bush...

spot Preparing for the new term

spot Lincoln launches anti-BNP campaign

Socialist Party campaigns

spotLiberal U-turn stops tenants' ballot victory

"YOU CAN'T trust the Liberals", an angry council tenant said on leaving the 26 July meeting of Lewisham council. Socialist Party councillors Ian Page and Chris Flood had moved a resolution calling for tenants to be balloted, writes Clive Heemskerk.

spot Cream for fat cats - debts for us!

Socialist Party workplace news

spotVisteon workers fight for their future

WORKERS IN Ford's parts business Visteon are facing rumours that the company is looking to sell. Union representatives met the European management in Germany last week to get an update on the sale of the chassis division, writes a Visteon worker.

spotPrison officers vote to strike

PRISON OFFICERS have voted to take industrial action, up to and including a strike. 71% voted for action in an 83% turnout in the ballot...

spotCrown Post Offices

MEMBERS OF the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) held a protest outside the Swansea branch of WH Smith last week to highlight the threat to jobs and services if the city centre Crown Post Office is closed and franchised out...

spotNational trade union meeting

Saturday 2 September, 10.30am - 5pm, central London...