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Valerie Wise, the former leader of Preston City Council, told a packed Stop the War meeting last week in the city why she had left the Labour Party. She spoke to Socialist Worker about her decision.
The first national strike in the NHS for 17 years began on Thursday of last week. Unison union members at five depots of NHS Logistics - the not for profit agency that supplies hospitals across England - struck for 24 hours in a battle against privatisation.
In the neighbourhood where I work, four teenage boys recently committed suicide, all within the space of a few months. Boys complain of bullying and fighting. Girls are prone to depression and anxiety.
Over one million workers took part in a one-day strike on 23 March this year over the government’s unilateral decision to get rid of the "rule of 85".
There is anger in Glasgow City Council workplaces after managers told workers the outcome of the job evaluation, pay and benefits review. In social work services alone, 1,000 workers will lose large amounts, in some cases as much as £6,000 per year.
School admissions workers at Coventry Council are set to take indefinite strike action from next Monday.
Workers are opposing SNP-run Falkirk council’s move to "impose" its single-status contract on staff.
Lobbying Southampton Council against privatisation Some 300 members of the Unison union lobbied Southampton City Council against privatisation last week.
The Organising for Fighting Unions conference on Saturday 11 November, is becoming a central focus for the debates on the future of the Labour movement.
The rush to privatise Britain’s post offices is accelerating even faster - and could lead to a major strike.
York was in shock last week as Nestle Rowntree announced 645 job losses at its York factory - following on from 234 earlier in the year. The move is another step in the multinational’s outsourcing of jobs to lower-wage economies in eastern Europe.
Tony Benn and Sir Willard White were among the speakers and performers at the unveiling of a plaque at School of Oriental and African Studies to honour Paul Robeson.
Around 2,500 Amicus union members at the Rolls Royce plant in Derby are set to strike after rejecting a second pay offer from the company.
Workers were set to protest at Southwark council in south London over a decision to scrap an 80-year-old building and maintenance department, Southwark Direct.
A government project to curb the exploitation of migrants in the construction industry has been criticised by unions.
Over 70 members of the RMT rail workers’ union struck on the Heathrow Express in London on Thursday of last week.
It looks likely that workers for GNER will ballot over industrial action against the company who intend to slash ticket office staff by 50 percent.
A body which claims to offer independent advice to tenants during transfer ballots stands accused of bias towards sell-offs.
The Merseyside firefighters’ strike against cuts and management bullying was at a critical turning point on Tuesday of this week as Socialist Worker went to press.
"Hundreds of Unison members in NHS Logistics have taken part in a national strike to oppose the sell-off of essential public services to DHL - a German parcel courier.
In his final conference speech as Labour Party leader, Tony Blair passed a poisoned chalice to Gordon Brown - pledging that Britain will remain "America’s strongest ally".
On Tuesday of this week the Labour Party conference dealt a crushing blow to the government’s housing policy.
The central issues for many delegates at Labour’s conference were not debated - at least not on the conference floor.
The Blairites and Brownites fiercely debated their ambitions by leaking copiously in the media. Meanwhile on the floor of conference you’d hardly have guessed for much of the time that anyone had any doubts about the direction of New Labour and its key policies.
Yunus Bakhsh, a leading activist in the Unison union, has been suspended from his job as a health worker in Newcastle.
In May, Hungarian voters returned the reigning socialist-liberal coalition to office, hoping that it might continue its moderate policies which claimed a balance between neo-liberal orthodoxy and a few elements of social justice.
A military junta in Thailand staged a coup and overthrew the democratically elected prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on the evening of Tuesday 19 September.
The recent German regional state elections in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern brought losses for the Left Party - the former East German Communist Party the PDS - and gains for the Nazi NPD party.
The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings just completed in Singapore were a disaster for the Third World, especially Africans who face a dramatic decline in voting shares on the IMF board, at the same time a few middle-income countries led by China recapitalise the institutions.
When better than the week of the Labour Party conference to talk of low, crawling things? I mean, of course, John Reid, the home secretary.
Reports from the Time to Go demonstration in Manchester, England, where more than 50,000 marched past the venue of the Labour Party conference demanding British troops go from Afghanistan and Iraq and Tony Blair goes from Downing Street.
In September 1931, the crews of the largest warships of the Atlantic fleet of the Royal Navy ignored their orders. The unrest was quickly hushed up by the government and the story is relatively unknown.
MI5 documents recently released under the Freedom of Information Act show how the naval mutineers attracted the attention of the security services.
Between 50,000 and 60,000 anti-war protesters converged on Manchester city centre on Saturday of last week for the Stop the War Coalition’s "Time To Go" demonstration.
The prospect of the end of Tony Blair’s rule has created a debate inside the anti-war and trade union movements about what needs to be done to get real change.
John le Carré’s latest novel, The Mission Song, is a powerful book. It plays on a theme present in much of Le Carré’s work - brave individuals tilting at the windmills of huge, implacably evil organisations.
That prison is as big a reference point for black America as basketball or the church tells you a lot about racism in US society.
Cézanne in BritainNational Gallery, London, 4 October to 7 January, admission free<a href="http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk" target = "_blank">www. nationalgallery .org.uk</a> This October marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the artist Paul Cézanne. The National Gallery is celebrating with Cézanne in Britain. Cézanne never came to Britain, yet his work has had a remarkable impact here. This exhibition includes 40 works, with paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints, and covers his wide range of subject matter - portraits, still life and landscapes.
No mention of health service privatisation, Trident or council housing, but a firm pledge to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is with great sadness that everyone in Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition, Respect and the SWP records the death of our friend and comrade, Dunkan Tickner from cancer. Dunkan served as chair of Portsmouth Respect from its foundation until his death and was a key campaigner in all local anti-war activities.
Two sides of New Labour How sickening it was to see the Blairite clones signing a letter asking for the prime minister to stand down.
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