Dated: 03 Feb 2007
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Into battle for public services
Respect supporters from across the north west of England flocked to Preston last Sunday to get Respect councillor Michael Lavalette's campaign for re-election off to a buoyant start.
A packed meeting of south west Birmingham Respect took place on Tuesday of last week, in order to select a candidate for the May elections.
Workers on outsourced IT contracts at Fujitsu Services in Manchester walked out on Monday to begin a five-day strike as part of their long running campaign over redundancy rights, better pay and union recognition.
The ballot papers for the general secretary and national executive positions in the University and College Union (UCU) are due to be sent out next week. The ballot runs from 7 February to 7 March.
The deep crisis of the government – and the strength of postal workers – have forced ministers to rule out issuing normal shares in Royal Mail to staff.
Council care workers in Southampton will stage a three-day strike from Saturday of this week in a dispute over new contracts.
Activists in the PCS civil service workers' union organised to make Wednesday's strike against job cuts, privatisation and unfair pay as hard-hitting as possible.
Oldham unites for schools protest Shouts of "our schools are not for sale" rang out around Oldham town centre last Saturday.
Many activists in the PCS union are pushing for more national strike action as the next stage in the campaign against the job cuts.
A strike by up to 11,000 British Airways (BA) cabin crew was called off at the last minute this week after the T&G union reached an agreement with BA bosses.
The attempt to victimise one of Britain's best known union activists in the health service gathered pace this week.
The campaign to change the anti-union laws is moving forward. The Trade Union Freedom Bill is to receive its second reading in parliament on Friday 2 March.
People are gearing up around the country for the demonstration in London on 24 February against the replacement of Trident nuclear missiles and calling for troops out of Iraq.
More than half a million people from across the US marched in Washington DC last Saturday, to say bring the troops home from Iraq now.
The momentum is building for protests across Britain on 3 March in defence of the NHS – with activists meeting, lobbying, petitioning and marching.
Over 240 health workers at Manchester Community and Mental Health trust were preparing for strike action this week.
The trade union day of action for the health service on Saturday 3 March is a great opportunity to unite health workers and campaigners on rallies, protests and demonstrations.
The Chancellor Gordon Brown is squaring up to union leaders. In a letter to Brown's cabinet colleagues, the treasury has reiterated the need for this year's wage round to be pegged to the current inflation target of 2 percent.
Around 10,000 HGV drivers working across Britain for Royal Mail are to begin the strike vote process unless there is a new offer from management within the next seven days.
Civil service workers across Britain struck solidly today against New Labour's plans to slash 104,000 jobs. They are also angry about privatisation and unfair pay.
Over 250 workers at Manchester's mental health and social care trust joined a one-day strike on Wednesday of this week in protest at proposed cuts that will mean job losses and decimation of the service.
Workers are occupying a Simclar electronic components factory in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland, in protest at the company's plans to close the factory and asset strip the plant.
Striking textile workers in Morocco are appealing for solidarity. Their strike has become a major battle against a powerful multinational over the right to form a union.
Rail workers in the Egyptian capital Cairo have struck for higher wages. Over 700 railway drivers went on strike at Cairo's Misr train station on Saturday of last week.
Hamas and Hizbollah will be sending delegates to the next anti-war conference in Cairo, Egypt, from 29 March to 1 April.
The pro-US government in Lebanon is attempting to unleash a sectarian war to derail an opposition movement led by Hizbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM).
Understanding the economic role of Jews in the Middle Ages is crucial if we are to understand the history of Jewish persecution, writes Beccy Reese
The people of Kariobangi are dignified, decent and desperate for peace and stability. But they live in some of the worst conditions on Earth.
A new "scramble for Africa" is taking place, which has many of the features associated with the 19th century carve-up of the continent.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Africa was symbolised by both colonial devastation and the national liberation struggles that swept the colonisers' regimes away.
In 2003 the Investors Chronicle surveyed their readers about whether buying art was a good investment or not.
New Labour wants to make the right to strike illegal under European Union (EU) law. At the same time it wants it to be legal to pay migrant workers less than the minimum wage.
Every age has its defining political struggle, and the anti-war movement occupies this role today. Yet Britain's visual art scene has by and large avoided directly addressing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the protests against it.
The poet Linton Kwesi Johnson wrote of John La Rose, "He was the most remarkable human being I have ever known."
4hero: Play with the Changes CD out now
Chief Inspector of prisons Anne Owers was right to warn this week that Britain's prisons are in "serious crisis". If anything it's something of an understatement about a system that sees more people locked up per head of population than any other country in western Europe.
Philip Kunda, a socialist originally from Zambia and an SWP member, has died from liver failure at the tragically early age of 36.
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