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The government has stolen £52 a week from every pensioner in Britain – and now they expect us to be grateful when they give back £1.40 and also put up the pension age for every worker!
Abdul Karim Sheikh, Respect councillor in Newham, east London, spoke to Socialist Worker after the successes in the local elections on 4 May
Venezuela’s radical president Hugo Chavez received a rapturous reception at a packed meeting in London last Sunday. "We are participating in a revolution," Chavez told his audience.
Lecturers at Northumbria university are due to begin indefinite strike action from Tuesday of next week after effectively being locked out by their employers.
University lecturers met in Scarborough last week for the last time prior to the merging of the AUT and Natfhe lecturers’ unions to form the Union of Colleges and Universities (UCU).
Health Service lobby Over 1,000 nurses from the Royal College of Nursing and Unison took part in a mass lobby of parliament on Thursday of last week to protest against job cuts in the NHS.
Over 3,000 car workers and office staff walked out at the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port on Merseyside on Thursday of last week. All three shifts at the Cheshire plant downed tools in protest at the threat of losing 1,000 jobs.
Mikey Powell died after he was detained outside his home in Lozells, Birmingham, on 7 September 2003. The trial of ten police officers charged in connection with his death began at Leicester Crown Court last week.
Firefighters in the FBU union in Hertfordshire are likely to start an eight-hour strike this Saturday. The strike will go ahead if, as expected, a new set of employer proposals over fire service cuts is rejected by members at a meeting later this week.
Richard Chang died after falling from the fifth floor of Abbey’s headquarters in central London during July 2004. An inquest returned a verdict of suicide.
Some 700 RMT members at Go-Ahead’s Wiltshire and Dorset bus operation were to strike for 24 hours on Thursday this week and a further 48 hours on Thursday and Friday next week over pay.
The arguments about why the Nazi British National Party (BNP) won 11 seats in the borough of Barking & Dagenham, east London, in the recent council elections continued to rage last week.
Allan Leighton, the chairman of Royal Mail, should be sacked and all his privatisation plans should be binned with him.
CWU postal workers’ union members at the Oxford mail centre walked out spontaneously at lunchtime on Wednesday of last week.
University lecturers in the Natfhe and AUT unions are continuing to boycott marking as part of their fight for decent pay.
The British occupying forces in Basra have all but lost control of the southern Iraqi city. Last weekend saw two more soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack, bringing the total number of British fatalities in Iraq to 111.
If you’re wiser and luckier than me, you won’t have chosen to watch a pair of programmes on BBC4 last week, The Pedants’ Revolt and Never Mind the Full Stops. The idea that lay behind the first was that we are living in a time when more and more people are trying to hold the line on correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The failure of employers to guarantee secure pensions for rail workers could see the biggest strike in the industry since the General Strike of 1926.
The proposals leaked from Labour’s pensions White Paper were denounced by pensioner activists and some union leaders.
Just days before the government publishes its White Paper on pension reform, Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation – the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) – opened its annual Pensioners’ Parliament.
The NPC has just published its second annual Age Audit of life for older people in Britain.
Sainsbury workers could lose out on large chunks of their pension if they do not contribute more from their wages.
A group of exiled islanders who were forcibly removed from their homes by the British government won a victory in the high court last week.
A quarter of a million workers, students and professionals marched through the streets of Beirut on Wednesday of last week in one of the biggest workers’ demonstrations in Lebanon’s history. Schools, shops and businesses closed for a day in solidarity with the demonstrators.
Two Egyptian high court judges, Mahmud Mekki and Hisham Bastawisi, have become unlikely heroes of the country’s movement for democracy.
About 50 people picketed the Egyptian embassy in London last Saturday against the continuing arrests and beatings of democracy activists in the cities of Cairo and Alexandria.
The media blackout on Respect’s breakthrough in the local elections is, I suppose, par for the course in the era of Tony Blair, the master of the sincerely uttered Big Lie. But simply ignoring the results is only one way of dismissing Respect’s achievement.
The political crisis in Nepal has focused the attention of the Western media on Maoism for the first time in decades. An avowedly Maoist organisation – the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) – has led an insurgency which holds most of the countryside and is within an ace of toppling the autocratic king.
The British working class movement experienced some of its darkest days in the 1930s. It had suffered three major blows to its confidence and organisation – the defeat of the 1926 General Strike, the collapse in 1931 of the second Labour government and the impact of the world economic slump that began in 1929.
Near Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, in the village of Qalai Qazi, stands a new, bright yellow health clinic built by US contractor The Louis Berger Group.
Daniel Barenboim is recognised as one of the greatest pianists and conductors alive today. He started off as a child prodigy, playing his first concert at the age of seven in his hometown of Buenos Aires. At the age of ten, in 1952, his family emigrated to the new state of Israel.
Focusing on the trial of Hjalmar Schacht, Tosca’s Kiss is a play about the Nuremberg trials.
Pick A Bigger WeaponThe CoupCD out now Proving that hip-hop isn’t all about sexism and guns, the anti-capitalist band The Coup have returned with their first album in five years.
A single British company produced more carbon dioxide last year than all of Croatia. Eon UK, which owns Powergen, is Britain’s biggest corporate emitter of greenhouse gases. Last year it produced 27 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Amazing May Day in LA Last week Socialist Worker published a picture of Kim Jones and her friends on the massive May Day protest for immigrant rights in Los Angeles, US. We got in touch with her and she sent this message to our readers
"As far as the size goes, we are committed to rebuilding Iraq and to restoring the economy and to stabilising the security. The size of the embassy is in keeping with the goals we have set ourselves for Iraq."US State Department spokesman Justin Higgins, defending spending $600 million dollars on the new US embassy in Baghdad, the largest embassy ever built in the world
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