Dated: 06 May 2006
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How much lower can this government sink? The stench of sleaze and hypocrisy lingers all the time – nowhere is it stronger than round the carcass of Charles Clarke.
Some 50,000 people turned out in London’s Trafalgar Square last Saturday for a carnival against the fascist British National Party (BNP) organised by Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) and Unite Against Fascism.
Last Sunday, the day after the London LMHR event, over 60 people took part in a day of action in Barking & Dagenham, where the BNP are hoping to make a breakthrough in the 4 May local elections.
Over 1,000 more NHS job losses were announced last week, bringing the total to over 5,000.
Paul Harper is the branch secretary of Unison at the NHS Logistics depot in Maidstone, Kent
The pensions dispute on the railways is moving towards a strike ballot of tens of thousands of rail workers.
‘The four BBC unions met last week – the NUJ, Bectu, Amicus and the Musicians’ Union – and everyone agreed that the BBC’s pensions proposals were completely unacceptable.
University lecturers continued their exams and marking boycott this week as the bosses conceded that they must offer a better pay deal to end the dispute.
For a second successive Friday, over 200 workers at Allied Glass containers in Leeds struck last week over an imposed two-year pay freeze.
Peugeot Workers who face losing their jobs at Peugeot’s factory near Coventry took their protest to London on Monday. Workers also demonstrated in Coventry and Birmingham about the planned closure at Ryton with the loss of 2,300 jobs. On Monday, staff joined the London May Day union rally to gain more support for their campaign.
‘When the twinning conference in Palestine was planned in 2005, there was not yet a date for the Palestinian election. Following a conference in Camden last September, Palestinian delegates wanted to take the twinning movement forward by hosting a conference in the West Bank. The Hamas government had not been elected.
Around 85,000 members of the PCS civil service workers’ union struck on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) workers were taking action against 40,000 job losses that will devastate the vital services they provide. We print reports from around the picket lines
Over 2,000 PCS civil service workers’ union members struck on Friday of last week in the Learning and Skills Council, including at the Coventry headquarters. They were striking over plans to slash 1,120 jobs and management’s refusal to offer a no compulsory redundancy guarantee. The one-day strike saw a number of offices close across England and others operate on skeleton staff.
Military Families Against the War held a moving lobby of parliament on Wednesday of last week. Relatives and friends – of serving soldiers and some of the 104 British soldiers who have died – laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
The elections for the national executive of the PCS union have begun. Socialist Worker is urging its supporters and readers to campaign and vote for the Democracy Alliance slate.
Firefighters in Hertfordshire Fire Brigades Union (FBU) were set to announce the result of a strike ballot on Tuesday of this week, with strike action possibly starting as soon as Tuesday of next week.
Lesley Ellis has lived on the Cranbrook estate in the Globe Town area of Bethnal Green for the past 19 years. She drives a black cab for a living, as did her father before her.
Day of action to stop Iran attack The Stop the War Coalition is organising national protests against an attack on Iran.
A debate has been raging in Germany for over a year now. How do we build a new left party across the whole country?
US troops and their Iraqi allies are facing a better coordinated and more effective insurgency. Over the last month 81 coalition troops have been killed, the highest tally since November 2005.
Respect activists in Tower Hamlets, east London, have uncovered evidence of systematic postal vote fraud going on in the borough. Police have been called in to investigate.
Salma Yaqoob wins in Sparkbrook – results for all council wards where Respect candidates stood and mayoral elections in Hackney and Newham. Results will appear as councils delcare on the night of Thursday 4 May or, for councils with mayoral elections, on Friday 5 May.
In the borough of Tower Hamlets in east London, one of Labour’s historic heartlands, Respect has won a significant number of seats, making it a major player in that council. Further gains are expected there and in neighbouring Newham.
No reshuffling of the cabinet, no sackings and no demotions of ministers can hide the fact that Thursday’s local elections were New Labour’s worst performance since it came into being under Tony Blair.
Egyptian security forces last week seized leading members of the Kifaya movement – Enough in Arabic – during an attack on a sit-in held in support of a protest by 80 judges in the capital, Cairo.
Activists from all over Europe and the Middle East will arrive in Athens this week to participate in the 4th European Social Forum (ESF).
Evo Morales, Bolivia’s radical president, addressed crowds of supporters on Monday to announce he had ordered troops into the country’s gas fields. "The time has come – a historic day on which Bolivia retakes absolute control of our natural resources," he said. "The looting by foreign companies has ended." The mass movement that brought Morales to power has long demanded nationalisation of the gas fields.
It was a May Day to remember in the US. Well over a million immigrants and their supporters marched in towns and cities across the country on Monday. Workers struck in order to show what a "day without immigrants" would be like, and school students walked out of classes.
Hundreds of thousands marched through New York City (NYC) last Saturday in a demonstration for peace, justice, and democracy. Marchers demanded that the US pull its troops out of Iraq and protested against the possibility of a war in Iran.
"Maoism Rises Again" lamented a Financial Times editorial a few weeks ago.
Over recent weeks Socialist Worker has discussed the contrast between the victorious campaign against the CPE labour law in France and the capitulation by the trade union leaders over pensions rights in Britain.
In the second column in our series on Malcolm X, Kerri Parke looks at his radicalisation
There is a terrorist organisation operating in Britain today with the full knowledge and support of Tony Blair and the New Labour government.
Law and order was the main issue being pushed by many Labour Party candidates in the local elections. Having driven through neo-liberal policies that are ripping apart communities and are tearing down the welfare state, all
One of the highlights of Saturday’s Love Music Hate Racism carnival against the BNP was a storming set from east London grime crew Roll Deep. They spoke to Socialist Worker about why they were standing up against racism.
For 12 years Tony Blair and his coterie have driven New Labour towards its slavish worship of the free market. Its decision to back George Bush and his wars flowed from a shared commitment to serve the interests of the wealthy and powerful. At each stage the Blairites have treated Labour’s traditional working class supporters with contempt.
Peter Law was a grand friend, comrade and socialist, who spent all his adult life serving the local community, as a councillor, member of the Welsh Assembly and in his last year as MP for Blaenau Gwent.
"There’s two kinds of Iraqis here, the ones who help us and the ones who shoot us, and there’s an awful lot of ’em doing both."US Staff Sgt Jason Hoover, in Hawijah, Iraq
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