Dated: 29 Apr 2006
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Marilyn Boyle has been waiting 20 years for a transfer from her house. It’s been slowly subsiding into the garages underneath and, 17 years ago, when she was eight and a half months pregnant, Marilyn fell through the rotting kitchen floor.
Educational institutions run by unaccountable business interests and managerialists on spiralling wages. Is this a vision of the future of schools after New Labour’s neo-liberal "reforms" have been imposed?
Almost all politicians and most of the media have totally misrepresented the prospects of the fascist British National Party (BNP) at the council elections in Barking & Dagenham. And by exaggerating the BNP’s hold, they have helped the fascists to spread their poison.
Royal Mail’s bosses have added pay to the issues that are causing confrontation with postal workers.
The Post Office has announced that a further three Crown post offices will be taken over by franchises in the north west London area.
Aberdeen Council workers voted last week to suspend further strike action in their dispute over equal pay.
The strike by 25,000 further education lecturers that was due to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week has been called off so the Natfhe lecturers’ union can enter talks with management.
Military Families in Clydebank Protesters, Rose Gentle among them, leafleted Clydebank shopping centre this week against the British army launching a recruitment drive targeted at deprived areas. The protest, called by Military Families Against the War, was successful in closing the army recruitment stall and was well received by the vast majority of shoppers
Respect is standing five council candidates across Birmingham. Salma Iqbal is standing alongside Salma Yaqoob and Lynne Hubbard in the south of the city.
Newham is at the centre of a political battle that has come to shape the growing opposition to New Labour and its "arrogance of power."
Rail workers in four unions are preparing to ballot for a strike in defence of their pensions. Any strike would involve 80,000 workers and bring Britain’s rail network to a halt.
Workers at the BBC are mobilising against the corporation’s planned changes to its pensions scheme. This will mean thousands of staff working longer, paying more and receiving reduced benefits.
Agitation continues against the union leaders’ decision to call off the strikes in defence of the local government pension scheme.
Shock, bitterness and anger spread across West Midlands at the news of the plan to close the Peugeot plant in Ryton, Coventry, in 2007. The closure would mean the loss of 2,300 jobs.
With oil prices above $70 a barrel, could biofuels help to solve our energy crisis and reduce climate change at the same time? From George Bush to the European Union (EU), governments around the world seem to think so – and are beginning to subsidise the new biofuel revolution.
The anger among health workers over mounting job losses and creeping privatisation in the NHS has the potential to spill over into industrial action.
Some 85,000 civil service workers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are set to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week over government attacks on jobs, services and conditions.
Carole Swords is one of Tower Hamlets’ leading housing campaigners. She is standing for Respect in Bow West along with Deeka Adan and Robin Hirsch.
Some politicians say "there’s no alternative" because they can’t think of one. That’s what the establishment parties in Tower Hamlets say about housing.
Over 50 military families were set to lay a wreath at Downing Street on Wednesday of this week to show their anger at the war in Iraq and at Tony Blair’s refusal to meet with the families of soldiers killed in Iraq.
The print edition of this week's paper carries pages of May Day greetings. This will be available to download for two or three months from the website in the PDF edition of the paper
Three Respect candidates in Tower Hamlets, east London, won a court victory against the council today overturning a decision to exclude them from the ballot paper on technical grounds.
The court of appeal has overturned yesterday's verdict which said that Respect candidates nominations in the St Katherine’s & Wapping ward of Tower Hamlets should be upheld.
Why are Britain and France so different? This question is back in the air. Trade union officials have been complaining that Britain’s flexible labour laws made it easier for Peugeot bosses to shut down their car plant at Ryton rather than any of its French counterparts.
Over 70 years ago the British government was rocked by what the historian AJP Taylor described as "the greatest explosion over foreign affairs for many years". This was caused when the Tory "national" government, led by Stanley Baldwin, was caught out lying about its stance towards fascist Italy’s war against the independent East African state of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).
More than 40 years after his death, Malcolm X is as relevant as he was in the 1960s. He remains a revered figure of defiance against all forms of racist oppression, especially among young people.
The popular uprising in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal was celebrating a victory as Socialist Worker went to press on Tuesday of this week. The country had been paralysed for weeks by a general strike and popular movement against the hated and brutal regime of King Gyanendra.
A few days from now is an anniversary no Socialist Worker reader should let pass unremembered. On 12 May 1916, the British Army executed the Irish revolutionary James Connolly.
Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) is hosting a rally with music and speakers in Trafalgar Square, London, this Saturday. It aims to encourage young people to reject the fascist British National Party (BNP) at the May elections and celebrate Britain’s multi-racial, multi-faith society.
SixtyYorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, WakefieldUntil 25 June<a href="http://www.ysp.co.uk" target = "_blank">www.ysp.co.uk</a> The Arts Council’s free exhibition to celebrate its 60th birthday brings together 60 sculptures from 1946 onwards.
The US, reveals the Washington Post this week, is engaged in planning military operations in 20 countries across five continents as part of its "long war" against terror.
"I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defence."George Bush fends off mounting criticism by senior US military officers
For five days thousands will gather at this political festival to celebrate the global movement against war and injustice and debate a huge range of questions about the world.
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