Dated: 16 Jul 2005
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Peter Brierley, who lost his son Shaun in Iraq in 2003, spoke to Socialist Worker after addressing a 1,000-strong vigil organised by the Stop the War Coalition on the Saturday after the London bombings:
From across Britain and from Europe they came in their hundreds and then their thousands to the Marxism 2005 event.
Tony Blair would have us believe that the horrific bombings perpetrated against the people of London last week had nothing to do with the foreign policy of his government post 9/11.
Zimbabweans protesting at the British government’s decision to deport refugees have called a major protest for Thursday 4 August.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is questioning Suffolk County Council’s claims that it is focusing more attention on fire prevention work. The union says Suffolk’s spending on community fire service has gone into reverse since 2002.
Civil service workers in the PCS union are facing a crucial few months in their battle for jobs and pensions.
In Sunderland two Labour councillors are facing disciplinary action for giving evidence to the House of Commons Council Housing group about the case of Sunderland Housing Group.
Journalists in the NUJ union at Coventry Newspapers struck on Thursday and Friday of last week.
Coventry council workers are organising a rally on Saturday 23 July to publicise and discuss their dispute with the city council over its imposition of a "single status" pay and conditions deal.
A magnificent 50,000 people attended this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala — the biggest turnout for 40 years.
The first ever vote for strike action by casino workers in Britain has resulted in an improved pay offer of 3.5 percent or £600, whichever is the greater.
Around 1,500 postal workers in Northampton have won a tremendous victory which points the way for others to fight back.
Rising tide to stop academies The campaign against Newcastle council’s proposals to establish a city academy and close West Gate Community College is being stepped up following a public meeting last week.
The horrific cycle of bitterness, despair and violence that has brought so much destruction in the Middle East has found its way to this country with the slaughter of over 50 innocent people last week.
The fascist British National Party (BNP) suffered a major setback on Thursday night when it was comprehensively defeated in a council by-election in Barking, east London.
A major trial of strength which will affect the position of trade union reps across industry is underway at Rolls Royce’s Bristol plant where the convenor of one of the best organised sections, Jerry Hicks, faces disciplinary charges that could see him sacked.
White, Asian and black people united together in commemoration of those who died in the London bomb attacks, and against war and Islamophobia on Sunday 17 July.
At the start of last week Leeds Stop the War Coalition decided to call a vigil that Thusday for victims of the 7 July London bombings.
Waltham Forest Respect was delighted to receive nearly 15 percent of the vote in the Leytonstone ward by-election on Thursday 14 July. We came a strong third, well ahead of the Tories and the Greens, whose votes collapsed. We only had four weeks to build our campaign, and the lessons from the doorstep are clear — where we were able to canvas we could quite easily turn people towards Respect as a clear alternative to the inadequate policies of our Labour/Lib Dem council. The timescale between now and the borough wide council elections in May is obviously far longer, so our campaign effectively starts now! We are planning on holding meetings on pressing issues such as managing Olympic inves
The Ross Pritchard Memorial Fund was established to commemorate the life of one of the Graphical Paper & Media Union’s best known rank and file members – Ross Pritchard.
The entire manual workforce at Rolls Royce’s Patchway site in Bristol walked out this morning (Thursday, 21 July) following the sacking of their deputy plant convenor, Jerry Hicks.
More than 300,000 workers protested in towns and cities across Australia recently against proposed anti-union laws.
Around 200,000 South African local government workers struck for a day on Tuesday over pay.
At least 22 miners died and 60 others were missing after a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region on Monday.
Britain over the past fortnight has gone through in a highly concentrated form the experience of the movement against global capitalism. Our movement went through the protests in Seattle in November 1999 through the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001 to the great anti-war marches.
Healthcare has become a huge global industry with an annual turnover in excess of $3 trillion and a workforce upwards of 35 million worldwide, plus millions more in linked services and occupations.
What is life like in Afghanistan?
Gordon Brown is feted to the skies for his supposedly adroit management of the British economy. Even his most hardened critics—like Tony Blair—grit their teeth and claim Brown is the "most successful chancellor for 100 years".
Dear friends, we meet in sad times. Before I start talking about the subject of this evening’s meeting, I think it’s important to speak a few words about what we’re living through at the moment.
The march by more than 10,000 people against the G8 summit being held in Gleneagles Hotel last Wednesday was the culmination of five days of protest against the rulers of the world.
Around 200 school students from across London walked out of their schools in protest at the G8 meeting.
No one can condone the violence aimed at working people going about their daily lives in London last Thursday. They have not been a party to, nor are they responsible for, the decisions of their government.
"I'm not racist, but..." Everyone, at some point, will have heard that disclaimer followed by a stream of patently racist nonsense. In the wake of the London bombings large sections of the British media have struck a similar tone in articles and broadcasts about Muslim people living in Britain.
From Iraq We have no mouthsWe evaporatedYou don’t see the holes in the ground where we were putWe are the unfoundWe are uncountedYou don’t see the homes we madeWe’re not even the small print or the bit in brackets.You see less of us than you see of the dustYou see less of us than you see of the windBecause we were somewhere else,because we lived far from you,because our minutes, hours, days and years did not last as long as yours,because you have cameras that point the other way,because you talk about other people……Of that moment when we wentyou can’t even say you missed it.
First of all there is this topline figure that they have given of $50 billion in aid by 2010. The thing to do is to compare that with the scale of the problem and what was needed.
The G8 summit has missed a major opportunity to tackle climate change.
Many of the organisations that have been involved with the Make Poverty History campaign are disappointed with the G8’s communiqué.
Staff in the public services played a crucial and heroic role in the aftermath of the bombings in London on Thursday of last week — none more so than Tube drivers and station workers.
Health workers were another group of emergency service workers who performed tirelessly last week to save lives.
I and a number of friends took the number 30 bus from Hackney, east London, to attend the Marxism 2005 event on Friday of last week.
I offer my sincere condolences to all those affected and stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
Around 70 people attended a peace vigil in Edinburgh on Friday of last week after the London bombings.
"Make no mistake, Britain will almost certainly have to sacrifice some of our ancient legal rights if we wish to protect our citizens."Daily Mail editorial
I’m a fan of horror — someone who has always loved monsters. So I’m now trying to make some sort of political sense of why I was so interested in them.
Ae Fond KissDirected by Ken Loach
Last week, before the terrible bombings in London on Thursday, we learned that the US and British governments had drawn up secret plans to withdraw troops from Iraq. Defence secretary John Reid was forced to admit the existence of such plans after they were leaked to the Mail on Sunday.
Jim Benson has died peacefully at the age of 77. Jim was an active socialist all his life, working in the rail industry and living in Camden. He had a wealth of anecdotes, often told while rolling the thinnest cigarettes imaginable.
It is with unbearable sadness that we write of the sudden death of Sam Watson, beloved and wonderful son of Paula and Alan of south London.
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