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The Socialist issue 380: Defend pensions: All out on 23 March

The Socialist issue 380

12 February 2005


spotDefend pensions: All out on 23 March

OVER one million workers could be on strike next month. New Labour have decided to cut their pension rights because they are ‘living…


spotTime to make a stand on pensions

HUGE anger is building up against New Labour’s attacks on pensions. Socialist Party members in the unions have been arguing for over 18 months -…


spotNUT leadership wriggle over pension action

THE GOAL of those of us on the Left in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) fighting to save teachers’ pensions was to get a national ballot of teachers to join in with a one-day public sector strike…


spotIncapacity benefit: New Labour hits the poor and vulnerable

THE GOVERNMENT’S own survey showed last year that only 0.3% of the Incapacity Benefit paid in the UK is fraudulently claimed…


spotBolsover protesters win round one of toxic waste battle

"WE’VE WON the first round but need to carry on until this toxic site is cleaned."…


spotCrisis time in Welsh hospitals

ON MONDAY 7 February, all the acute hospitals in south-east Wales were placed on red alert, due to serious pressure…


spotImmigration policy: Labour apes the Tories – again

NEW LABOUR and the Tories are at war, each fighting to prove that they are the “toughest” party on migration to the UK…


spotLongbridge workers still fighting to defend jobs

THERE ARE growing fears that up to half of the workforce at Birmingham’s Longbridge car factory could be made redundant as part of a possible joint venture with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC)…


spotLeft victory in firefighters’ union

LEFT-WING candidate Matt Wrack has won a bitterly fought contest for the assistant general secretary position in the Fire Brigades Union (FBU)…


spotUNISON general secretary election: Prentis attacks the opposition

Socialist Party member Roger Bannister is standing in the election for general secretary of UNISON…


spotFinancing the fightback

"IT’S ALRIGHT, I can afford it", said a pensioner putting £10 into our collecting tin in support of our petition to defend pensions…


spotMay Day Greetings

The Socialist prints May Day greetings from socialists, trade unions, youth and student organisations, from around the world…


spotIraq – mobilise to withdraw the troops

THEY ARE counting the votes in Iraq but the body count is still rising. As we go to press, early results of the partial Iraqi election are beginning…


spotHuge crowd cheers Chavez’s radical speech at World Social Forum 2005

THE ANTI-GLOBALISATION World Social Forum (WSF) met last week in Porto Alegre, Brazil…


spotSocialism can ‘make poverty history’

TENS OF thousands of people, many of them young, filled Trafalgar Square on 3 February…


spotNorthern Ireland decommissioning crisis: The failure of sectarian politics

THE IRA announced on 2 February that it had withdrawn its offer to complete the process of arms decommissioning in Northern Ireland…


spotSlovakia: Multinational victimises trade unionists

JOZEF KRNCAN has been made redundant twice by Austrian based multinational Neusiedler/Mondi…


spotScottish Socialist Party: Clear socialist alternative needed

THE SCOTTISH Socialist Party (SSP) conference meets this weekend in the aftermath of Tommy Sheridan’s resignation as SSP convener…


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