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Over 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets across Iraq last week to campaign against the US orchestrated constitution.
Ninety six workers in the test area of Bristol’s Rolls Royce plant have entered their second week of indefinite strike action in confident mood.
"This is a fight that goes right to the heart of trade unionism. It’s about our right to elect our representatives, rather than have management select them.
"What do we want? Dignity! What do we want? Fair pay! What do we want? Respect!"
The RMT union is just one of the many supporting the National Pensioners Convention’s day of action and lobby of parliament on Wednesday 12 October.
Some 3,500 civilian staff working for the police in Scotland took part in a 24 hour strike over pay on Thursday of last week.
Council workers in Sefton, Merseyside, were set for a 48-hour strike this week over the victimisation of activists in their Unison union branch.
Opposition to oursourcing plan Council workers are opposing plans by Burnley council to transfer 60 jobs in its revenues and benefits department to a private firm, Liberata, which already runs similar services in Pendle.
Sacked Gate Gourmet workers have forced the company to admit it cannot wash its hands of them, but their battle for reinstatement is far from over.
Brendan Gold, the T&G’s national officer for airports, told Socialist Worker, "Gate Gourmet is determined not to reinstate what it calls the ‘troublemakers’.
The Portuguese community in Watton, Norfolk, suffered a sickening racist attack on Thursday of last week.
Earlier this month, almost ignored by press and politicians, a detailed official report showed that the health gap between rich and poor is worsening.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has become the latest organisation to sound the alarm over the financial crisis affecting many NHS trusts.
Some 3,000 people from across all communities demonstrated their unity against racism at the funeral of Anthony Walker, the black Liverpool teenager murdered on Friday 30 July in a racially motivated attack.
A sponsored Cycle for Peace took place in Scotland last Sunday to raise money for a legal case attempting to bring Tony Blair to account for war crimes in Iraq.
"We're not interested in redundancy — we want our jobs back."
Protesting workers were delighted to hear first hand of Respect MP George Galloway’s support for their battle when he visited the picket line on Tuesday.
Fire Brigades Union members in Suffolk are taking strike action each morning until Wednesday of next week in an escalation of their battle against job cuts.
Low paid workers in Bradford working at Initial Textile Services, part of the Rentokil group, struck on Thursday of last week.
Saudi trade unionist Yahya Al Faifi, now in Swansea, is stepping up his campaign for union rights in Saudi Arabia following a dismissive letter from Pontypridd MP Kim Howells, the government minister responsible for Saudi Arabia.
Why are George Bush and Tony Blair pushing for Iraq to adopt a new constitution?
Protests were organised across Britain last week to oppose the government’s plans to return failed asylum seekers to Iraq.
Kurds demand true democracy London-based Kurdish activist and member of Respect’s national council Sait Akgul spoke to Socialist Worker about the proposed Iraq constitution
"She has been demoted because of her strict adherence to procurement requirements and the army’s preference to sidestep them when it suits their needs." Lawyer Michael Kohn, on the demotion of a top US army official who opposed multinational Halliburton’s role in Iraq
If there’s one thing the media can make sense of it’s a bit of "ethnicity". Tracing the roots of conflicts might require some critical research, and who has time for that? So when the powers that be obscure their own complicity in catastrophe by explaining wars as all about Deep Seated Ethnic Hatreds™, you can almost hear sighs of journalistic relief.
A wave of protests is sweeping Egypt ahead of the presidential elections on Wednesday of next week, as the opposition Kifaya (Enough) movement is calling for a boycott of the poll.
The peasants in the Nile Delta village of Meet Shahala rose in rebellion after attempts by the old landlords to drive them off their land.
More than 70 trade union, campaigning, socialist, religious and civic groups came together recently to form a coalition to challenge the ANC government’s economic policies.
The deputy president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was sacked in June after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was found guilty of corruption. The case has become a huge issue, with many in the trade union movement demanding that the charges be dropped.
"There were no alarms. The building was old and dilapidated. We just heard ‘Fire! Fire,’ and we had to go down."
The fire was a deep tragedy, but one that could have been avoided.
Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez was in the spotlight again last week following an extraordinary call for his assassination by Pat Robertson, one of the US’s most prominent right wing Christian fundamentalist preachers.
The outcome of talks on the Iraqi "constitution" is very bad news for George Bush.
In November 1999 the anti-capitalist movement became known to millions through the protests at the World Trade Organisation in Seattle in the US.
In order for ideas to gain popular acceptance, Antonio Gramsci argued, those ideas have to be carried down into society by layers of individuals.
"The Workers’ Party (PT), to which we gave the best years of our lives, is dead. Its very raison d’etre lies buried."Heloisa HelenaBrazilian senator and leader of the Party of Socialism and Liberty (P-Sol)
Latin America is in the vanguard of the fight against neo-liberalism. The Brazilian Party of Socialism and Liberty (P-Sol) has put itself at the heart of the creation of a new, global radical left. Recently it organised an international seminar in Rio de Janeiro that brought together socialists from across Latin America, North America and Europe.
Sao Paulo saw a demonstration of 6,000 people organised by the main trade union federation, the landless movement, and the national union of students. All are closely linked to Lula and the PT. While the marchers opposed any attempts by the right to topple Lula they also attacked corruption and the government’s neo-liberal policies.
One room at the Tate Modern in central London is temporarily devoted to artists condemned by Adolf Hitler’s Nazis as degenerate. On one wall blares the garish colours and brash angles of a portrait by expressionist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.
The Mama Africa season celebrates the work of African female film makers and actors past and present, challenging and exploring the stereotypes of African women in film.
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Tony Blair jetted back from holiday this week. Unabashed by his growing unpopularity, the New Labour spin factory was working overtime announcing that his return heralded a super-Blairite agenda for the coming year.
Crucial debate on unions’ future Union organisation suffered terribly from the high-profile defeats in the 1980s. Those defeats are long behind us, but we now need some equally high profile victories.
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