Dated: 20 Dec 2003
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They hoisted Saddam to power
THE BIGGEST pay fight in the civil service for decades is on the cards. Some 89,000 PCS union members working in job centres and benefits offices, and in the Department of Work and Pensions, are due to begin a strike ballot at the start of January. The first two strike days are set for 29 and 30 January.
LABOUR'S RULING national executive voted on Tuesday to smooth the way for Ken Livingstone's return to the party.
DETAILS OF the national pay and conditions deal between Royal Mail and the CWU union were emerging as Socialist Worker went to press.
THOUSANDS OF Land Rover workers in Solihull are set to take industrial action from Monday of next week.
THE NEWS that the teachers' NUT union will not be going ahead with a boycott of SATs tests in primary schools is a blow to tens of thousands of teachers and parents.
MORE THAN 1,500 people marched in Dundee on Thursday of last week in support of Scotland's nursery nurses' national regarding campaign.
THE FIRST Europe-wide assembly in the run-up to the 2004 European Social Forum (ESF) took place on Saturday and Sunday of last week.
>FBU election win for rank and file PAUL Woolstewholmes from Suffolk has won the election for national officer in the Fire Brigades union (FBU), unseating the leadership candidate.
HIGH PROFILE people in trade unions, campaigns and celebrities are signing up to support the Unite Against Fascism coalition.
TRAIN DRIVERS on the Gatwick Express were set to strike on Christmas Eve and again on New Year's Eve as Socialist Worker went to press. There have already been two strikes by the 60 drivers in the Aslef union over pay.
SOME 40 striking bus workers, members of the TGWU, formed an excellent and lively picket line in Worthing, West Sussex, last Saturday morning-despite very cold and wet weather. The drivers were on a 12-hour strike over a derisory pay offer made to them by the Stagecoach company.
THE ELECTIONS for the Amicus union executive last week indicated how much has changed in Britain's second largest union. Members of the left wing Unity Gazette slate won 23 out of 48 positions, almost a majority.
BAGGAGE HANDLERS at Liverpool John Lennon Airport are set to hold their second five-day strike on Monday.
THE TERROR laws introduced by New Labour are being used to target ordinary people.
IN A damning report Amnesty International has accused the government of creating a "Guantanamo Bay in our own back yard".
A SUCCESSFUL and important conference took place in Cairo in Egypt last weekend.
THE MOST common sight in southern California these days isn't a movie shoot or a beach party. It is a militant picket line.
A MAJOR attempt to privatise oil in Uruguay has been defeated in a national referendum. On 7 December some 62 percent of electors, 1.2 million people, voted against the privatisation of the state oil company.
THE FRENCH government is proposing to ban Islamic headscarves in schools. It is a racist measure, whatever spin is put on it.
"THE MOOD against student fees was electric in Newcastle last Saturday," says Kevin Connolly.
THE MEDIA are demanding Saddam Hussein be put on trial. But the people who should be in the dock are those who brought him to power, and then armed and financed his regime for years.
The biggest global demonstration in history THIS WAS the year when we saw the ferocious brutality of the United States and its "coalition of the killing". And we also saw the rise of another great power to contest them-the global anti-war movement.
BUSH AND Blair were crowing this week following the capture of Saddam Hussein. They claim it justifies their war on Iraq. It does nothing of the kind. That war killed at least 20,000 Iraqis.
THERE WERE three events last week which emphasised Labour's continuing failure to address the horror of child poverty in this country.
THE BIG Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) favoured by the rich are twice as likely to kill pedestrians as a normal car in an accident.