Dated: 03 Dec 2005
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There is a war against our pensions.
Workers at Irish Ferries occupied two ships last week to prevent the company’s attempt to sack 550 staff and replace them with agency workers from Eastern Europe working an 84-hour week for £2.40 an hour.
Campaigners to save Omar Deghayes, the British Guantanamo detainee currently on hunger strike, went to the US embassy on Tuesday of last week. They delivered documents and a petition calling for him to be charged or released into British jurisdiction.
The student union at Imperial College, part of the University of London, voted on Thursday of last week to oppose the new dress code being imposed on campus by university authorities.
Striking caretakers in the Unison union at Huddersfield Technical College entered their fourth week of indefinite action on Monday.
Nearly 6,000 GMB union members working as British Gas engineers have voted by four to one to strike over pensions.
Omagh hospital protest Over 25,000 people rallied in Omagh, Northern Ireland, on Monday of this week to protest against the proposed closure of the accident and emergency and acute services at Tyrone County Hospital. Omagh’s population is 18,000.
Over 200 people came to a joint union protest outside King’s Cross rail station in London on Saturday over New Labour proposals to water down tube safety.
About 100 RMT union members at South Eastern Trains (SET) are set to strike for 24 hours on Monday of next week.
PCS civil service workers’ union members have voted overwhelmingly to create a political fund. Some 80 percent of those voting were in favour.
The long running industrial action at Sefton council on Merseyside over the victimisation of two Unison trade union officers has been called off following a deal brokered by the Acas conciliation service.
A rally of around 100 people greeted strikers outside Tower Hamlets town hall in east London on Monday of this week.
Over 7,800 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union in magistrate’s courts across England and Wales are balloting on strikes over pay.
The threats to trade unions and workers at Heathrow airport were underlined this week by an article confirming the report Socialist Worker ran on 1 October.
Unite Against Fascism campaigners were out in force over the weekend campaigning against the fascist British National Party (BNP), which was standing in council by-elections in two wards in Thurrock, Essex, on Thursday of this week.
Places are filling up fast for the International Peace Conference to be held in London next week.
The civil service workers’ PCS union is among those sending a national delegation to the conference.
Leaders from around the world gather in Montreal, Canada, this week for the UN climate conference. They will be discussing the Kyoto agreement which George Bush has refused to sign up to.
Women and men across the world joined together at events on Friday of last week to mark the International Day Against Violence Against Women. This provided a timely reminder that campaigning against violence against women is not specific to one country, but of global concern — violence against women is completely unacceptable, wherever it takes place.
The reality is that there is no pensions crisis, or at least not in the way we’re told.
Tony Blair is planning to replace Britain’s current nuclear weapons system, Trident.
"He can hardly claim to be an officer and a gentleman on this poor form. And his excuse for not paying is just feeble."A fellow officer of Prince Harry. Harry has failed to pay a £1,000 drink tab at Sandhurst claiming he does not possess a cheque book or credit card
In an act of barbarism, police descended on the Harare World Aids Day march on Thursday 1 December, and ordered the marchers to disperse. Five of the protest's organisers were arrested and have not yet been released. These are Munyaradzi Gwisai of the International Socialist Organisation, Mao Nyikadzino of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Sostain Moyo of Zimbabwe Activists Against Aids and Anna and Gladys from the Women Aids Support Network (WASN).
The five Zimbabwean activists held after Thursday's World Aids day march in Harare have now been released by the police.
Five million more people were infected with Aids last year, taking the number of people with the disease to over 40 million, the UNAIDS organisation reported last week. The United Nations drive to get anti-retroviral drugs to poorer countries has fallen short because of failings by politicians and the drug companies.
The right wing government in France has unleashed a new wave of repression on the banlieues, the poor suburbs that exploded into three weeks of rioting.
Five months after the G8 leaders gathered at Gleneagles and vowed that they would tackle world poverty, famine is sweeping regions of Africa.
A wave of bitter revolts over land and housing is sweeping many parts of South Africa. Ten years after the end of apartheid, the ANC government’s commitment to neo-liberalism means millions are still waiting for proper houses, clean water and toilets.
The recent election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran has not brought stability to the fractured ruling elite. The Iranian parliament has repeatedly blocked his attempts to appoint personal allies to the critical post of oil minister.
The Turner report into the future of the state pension system this week will call for the state pension age to rise to 67 and the money saved to be used to restore the link between earnings and pensions.
When George Galloway was interviewed on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme a few weeks ago, John Humphreys taunted him with the suggestion that Respect was a single issue party whose issue — the war in Iraq — would have disappeared by the time of the next general election.
A Venezuelan school taken over by parents, students and teachers is the exciting subject of a new photographic exhibition.
Friends of the Earth has researched realistic solutions to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions and has openly considered the view that nuclear power could tackle climate change.
Most scientists now agree that it is too late to prevent the emission of greenhouse gases having a significant impact on the climate in coming decades. The question is how great the impact will be, and whether it can be reversed.
In October 2004, the Not In My Name US anti-war coalition took out a full page advert in the New York Times condemning the war in Iraq.
Cynicism, from the most unexpected quarters, has greeted Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to quit the far right Likud Party and seek re-election as the leader who will make lasting "peace" with the Palestinian people.
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