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They are playing roulette with our lives

Issue No. 1696

New Labour still puts profit before people

They are playing roulette with our lives

Selling off air traffic control

Paddington: no fat cats prosecuted

Axe hangs over cars and steel

THIS NEW Labour government is pushing through the insane privatisation of air traffic control. They have broken their pre-election promise that "our air is not for sale". John Prescott is gambling with our lives, turning a vital public safety service into what the trade unions rightly call "a Railtrack in the sky". Whenever profits are put first, safety is pushed back. Yet when disasters follow, the fat cats get off scot free. On Tuesday the Crown Prosecution Service said it would not put the bosses of Railtrack in the dock for the Paddington rail crash. We are all prey to the profiteers.

There was relief at Longbridge on Tuesday as the news came through that the plant will not shut. But new owners Phoenix are still set to make thousands of job losses. Ford bosses were set to announce the end of car production at Dagenham this week.

And the Corus steel plant in Llanwern "is on the brink" of closure. A struggle in Scotland this week points to the way to fight back. At Kvaerner Energy in Clydebank, Glasgow, 260 workers started a work-in on Monday of this week because they fear for their jobs. Llanwern workers need to take a leaf out of the book of the Kvaerner workers. Ford workers must use their power to bring Ford Europe to a halt. If air traffic controllers struck against privatisation, they too would have ordinary people everywhere on their side.

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Sat 13 May 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1696
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