Dated: 22 Apr 2006
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There is a battle royal taking place on the streets of east London today. On the one side there is New Labour at its very worst – bent on privatisation and mired in sleaze.
Labour minister Margaret Hodge said last Sunday that all the political parties have abandoned the white working class.
An RAF doctor who refused to serve in Iraq because he believes the war is illegal was sentenced to eight months in jail and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs last week.
It is the US that represents the real nuclear threat to the world today, not Iran.
The battle against the government’s assault on pensions suffered a heavy blow last week when leaders of 11 trade unions called off strikes which had been scheduled to defend the local government pensions scheme.
British Airways Unions will formally reject British Airways’ (BA) plans to alter pension arrangements at a meeting on 26 April.
Dozens of Respect supporters joined a car cavalcade that wove through the streets of Tower Hamlets, east London, last Sunday, capping an Easter weekend of hard campaigning in the borough for the 4 May local elections.
Candidates protest against Birmingham NHS cuts Some 25 people joined a hurriedly arranged protest against job losses and ward closures in City Hospital in Handsworth, Birmingham, last week.
‘We are being upfront about this. If they the donors were willing to give the time, effort and money to support the academies programme, we wanted to put them in the Lords." So runs Downing Street’s bullish defence of its conduct in the "cash for peerages" scandal.
Further education lecturers in England and Wales are gearing up for their two-day strike over pay. Natfhe, the lecturers’ union, represents the 25,000 FE lecturers who will be striking on 2 and 3 May.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference took place in Torquay over the Easter weekend.
Rail workers win ballot for action More than 400 platform workers in the RMT rail workers’ union have voted by six to one for action over cuts in the number of station staff on duty on South Eastern Trains.
Around 85,000 workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are set to strike again on 2 and 3 May against government plans to slash 40,000 jobs.
Some 950 PCS members working for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the large processing centre at Lothians in Scotland struck on Thursday of last week over the deskilling of work.
Unite Against Fascism is organising a national day of action against the British National Party (BNP) on Sunday 30 April.
Workers at the Alcan plant in Lynemouth near Ashington in the north east of England, begin industrial action on Monday as part of a long running pay dispute.
Portsmouth Over 200 asylum seekers held at a detention centres in Portsmouth and Middlesex are on hunger strike in protest at their conditions. Children as young as 15 are said to be refusing food.
Bus drivers at Travel West Midlands are set to strike this weekend. The 3,600 drivers, members of the T&G union, voted by 73 percent for industrial action. Talks were to take place between management and the T&G to resolve the dispute on Wednesday of this week.
The Amicus union at Inverurie Paper have suspended strike action at the mill after a new offer from management.
Catering and cleaning staff in Aberdeen are due to strike on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
The GMB union has called off a strike ballot of depot workers at Asda.
The indefinite general strike in Nepal demanding democracy and an end to rule by the king was entering its third week as Socialist Worker went to press.
The Italian general election result revealed one basic truth about parliamentary politics – the people who generally run society are not elected.
Activists in France involved in the mass movement against the CPE youth employment laws say their victory is only the first step in a wider campaign against neo-liberalism.
It will soon be a year since the defeat of the European Union (EU) constitution in the French referendum. That marked the beginning of a series of defeats for the neo-liberal agenda in Europe that has sent a paroxysm of rage through the global business establishment.
Twenty years ago, early on the morning of 26 April 1986, just over a mile from what was then a city of half a million people, the number four nuclear reactor at Chernobyl in Ukraine exploded. Lack of equipment and safety apparatus meant that the on-site staff underestimated the dangers.
On Thursday 30 March, at Cochabamba airport in Bolivia, police attacked protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets and riot batons.
The city of El Alto became a focus for the two waves of struggle in 2003 and 2005. This city of indigenous workers sits on the high plain that rises up above the Bolivian capital, La Paz.
José Pimentel is a parliamentary deputy for the Potosí region and is on the executive of Evo Morales’s MAS party
Soliz Lopez de Perel is an activist in El Alto. She was recently awarded a prize given to women by the Federation of Neighbourhood Assemblies for their work
At the age of 85 Glaslyn Morgan can look back on 40 years as an elected parish councillor and 20 years as a borough councillor for the Communist Party in the Neath area of South Wales.
The art of the early 20th century shows how cultures can mix and interact, writes John Molyneux
The Vote: How it was won, and how it was underminedby Paul FootPenguin £9.99 The campaigning, socialist journalist Paul Foot’s final book is the story of the fight for democracy in Britain. It is just out in paperback.
Margaret Hodge, New Labour’s employment minister and MP for Barking & Dagenham in east London, claimed last Sunday that eight out of ten white families in her constituency are tempted to vote for the fascist British National Party (BNP).
For help and solidarity Recently over 250 social workers, students and service users crammed into a conference in Liverpool on Social Work in the 21st Century: a Profession Worth Fighting For?
"How are we supposed to get rid of the helipad now? Can you imagine taking a jackhammer to the remains of one of the most important cities in the history of mankind? This is Babylon."Donny George, head of Iraq’s board of antiquities after US contractors paved over the archeological site to create a helipad
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