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Will a college place be £6,000?

Issue No. 1856

IF YOU think college fees are terrible now, look what could be in store. The government says it wants to cap top-up fees at £3,000. But the retiring vice chancellor of Cambridge University, Alec Broers, has called for the cap to be raised to £6,000.

He says the universities 'need the income'. Other universities will want to see fees rise even higher. Broers great claim to fame is the huge corporate partnership deals he has made with Microsoft, Unilever and BP while at Cambridge.

Rubbish trains, glittering pay

ONE IN five trains run late~despite a multimillion pound cash injection from the government, according to the strategic rail authority. Meanwhile senior executives at Newtork Rail, the 'not for profit'' company set up after the collapse of Railtrack, are set to share a bonus pool of £2.7 million this year. This is more than they would have got in the days of pure privatisation.

Jarvis, the engineering giant responsible for the track at the Potter's Bar rail crash, has seen its profits soar to #62.7 million. Last month the Health and Safety Executive found that poorly maintained track was the likeliest cause of the crash that killed seven people.

Get back to a broken Iraq

NEW LABOUR wants to start sending Iraqi refugees in Britain back to the war-torn country claiming it is 'now safe for many Iraqis to return to'. The government is expecting Iraqis to volunteer to go back to a country where many areas have no water or electricity.

If they don't volunteer to go, New Labour is planning to start forcing them out later this year. A 25 year old Iraqi woman in Portsmouth is a recent victim of the witch hunt against refugees. A gang attacked her home last month smashing the windows with baseball bats.

She has been living in Britain for nine years and is studying at Portsmouth University. Muhammed Badruz Zaman from the local Stop the War Coalition told Socialist Worker, 'There is a lot of press hatred and a very small percentage of people see that and turn to abuse or attacks.'

We wish you weren't here

AROUND 160 workers have been callously sacked without pay while they were on holiday. The workers were employed by Peter Miles Engineering Company of Liegh in Lancashire. On 21 May they were told their wages were safe. Two days later they heard their pay would be a few days late.

A sacked worker said, 'As we finished that day for the holiday some staff were asked in to complete urgent orders. Our union rep was told we could collect our belongings on Friday and it was confirmed none of the staff would receive wages.'

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Sat 21 Jun 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1856
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