Dated: 04 Aug 2007
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Dear brothers and sisters,
Respect activists in Tower Hamlets, east London, are hard at work campaigning in a crucial council by-election in Shadwell ward that is due to take place on Thursday 9 August.
Report boost for Unique workers The seven month long fight by 17 women sacked by Unique care in Huddersfield received a boost last week.
Dozens of Unison union members lobbied Greenwich council in south London last week against attacks on their working conditions and wages caused by single status proposals.
Around 700 workers at the Pirelli tyre factory in Carlisle are set to strike on Friday and Saturday of this week against management’s plans to outsource five jobs to workers outside the factory.
Workers at Coca-Cola plants in Wakefield and Milton Keynes took strike action over pay on Thursday and Friday of last week.
Shocking figures released last week by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that 77 workers died on construction sites between April 2006 and April 2007 – a massive 31 percent leap on the previous year.
Campaigners to defend Yunus Bakhsh, the leading Unison union and health service activist, have obtained several important documents that detail exchanges between his employer and his union.
Workers at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital look set to go on strike over pay cuts after management axed thousands of pounds in allowances. The ballot result was due on Thursday and, if passed, it would be the first strike of its kind at the hospital for 30 years.
Members of the Prospect civil service workers union at Babcock’s Rosyth dockyard have voted overwhelmingly in favour striking in their dispute over pension cuts.
The dispute at Scotland’s Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times newspapers took a nasty turn last week when management suspended union rep Gordon Thomson.
The recent collapse of the Metronet consortium responsible for the maintenance and infrastructure of two thirds of the London Underground under Gordon Brown’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) has shown the disaster of privatisation.
In 1784 a German magazine asked its readers to answer the question, "What is Enlightenment?" Among those who replied was the philosopher Immanuel Kant.
A very slight improvement to the government’s pay offer to more than a million NHS staff has been enough to persuade the leadership of the Unison union to put plans for industrial action on hold.
Leading trade unionists from across Greater Manchester joined scores of health workers at a 300-strong meeting last week in support of Karen Reissmann.
The deportation of three Algerian men accused of terrorism was halted by appeal court judges on Tuesday who ruled that the government could not be certain that they would be safe from torture after they were sent back.
British resident Bisher al-Rawi last week exposed the horrific events that he endured when he was abducted by US agents and taken to Gunatanamo Bay in Cuba in 2003. He also revealed the role that British MI5 agents played in his abduction.
The Oxfam charity has issued a damning report on the state of Iraq four years into the occupation.
Occupation forces in Afghanistan have admitted that they are regularly killing civilians in bombings raids when they say are targetting Taliban fighters.
Gordon Brown sent a clear message this week to all those who have despaired of the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and hoped that he would stand up to George Bush and bring the troops home.
Around 600 social care workers in Glasgow have entered their second week of indefinite strike against being downgraded in the council’s single status review.
Former British National Party council candidate Robert Cottage has been jailed for two and a half years after stockpiling explosive chemicals.
Hungarian workers at a pizza franchise in Derby, who took home virtually no pay for months because of wage deductions, have been sacked and now face eviction from their homes.
Hartlepool delivery office walked out yesterday after management intimidation of a worker.
RAIl GROUNDSTAFF at the EWS freight depot by the huge Corus steelworks at Margam in south Wales began a 24 hour strike this morning. They are fightng moves to cut the workforce in half.
Disputes are growing in London over management provocations in delivery offices.
Last Sunday’s elections to the upper house of the Japanese parliament were a huge defeat for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the right wing prime minister Shinzo Abe. Elections were held for 121 seats – half of the upper house. The LDP only won 37 seats, while the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) gained a majority with 60 seats.
The kidnap of 23 South Korean missionaries in Afghanistan is a tragedy, but the events can only be understood in the context of the deployment of South Korean troops to aid the US/Nato occupation.
Miners striking against Codelco, Chile's state owned mining corporation are celebrating a victory. After a solid 37 day strike by some 13,000 workers the company made a revised offer. The strikers, subcontractors in the CTC union federation, voted by a large majority to accept the offer and end the strike.
After the battles of forestry workers in the Arauco region and copper miners working for the state owned Codelco company, subcontracted workers are targeting the private mining industry.
The world economy has been floating on a sea of cheap credit for much of the present decade. The sharp falls on global stock exchanges last week may have marked the moment when the financial markets realised this era is coming to an end.
If you visit Italy, you will notice that, wherever you’re staying, the main street or square will almost invariably be named after Giuseppe Garibaldi. Garibaldi is the national hero who led the movement to unite Italy in the mid-19th century.
Gordon Brown talks of housing as "one of the great causes of our time". Last week his new government launched its "green paper" discussion document on the issue.
The people of the city of Hull feel that they have been abandoned. On 25 June the city was devastated by floods. Five weeks later tens of thousands of its most vulnerable citizens are still coping on their own with the devastation.
Hilary Benn, the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, said earlier this month, "It is vital that we learn lessons now about how to manage and respond to this type of disaster in the future."
All the contending powers feared the Second World War would end in revolution as the 1914-18 conflict had.
Cambridge Around 30 trade unionists attended a lively picket line in Cambridge. The CWU members had whistles, megaphones and music in a solid strike. Management tried to bully and harrass those on the picket line by telling them to stop whistling and shouting 'scab' at the few mainly managers who were crossing the picket line and breaking the strike. The picket held firm and workers told them 'You may manage us in there, but this is our picket line and we will not be told what to do'. They soon scurried away and the noise continued.
Hundreds of angry post workers walked out of their delivery offices in Glasgow unofficially as a protest against bullying management today.
A strike-breaking post office manager driving a Royal Mail articulated lorry was involved in a fatal accident in Exeter on Thursday of last week.
Asset stripping Royal Mail is to embark on a second massive sale of property assets – just months after concluding a first deal in which 300 sites were disposed of, netting £70 million.
Picketing post workers in Watford scored a major goal against their management and in favour of working class unity on Wednesday last week when they convinced a coach load of Polish agency workers not to break their strike.
The third postal workers’ strike last week was as solid as the previous two.
After four days of well supported strikes, postal workers should be proud of the stand they have taken to defend public postal services, defy bullying management and defend decently paid jobs.
A series of unofficial walkouts have demonstrated the feeling to hit back at management in the post.
Unofficial walkouts are adding to the scale of the ongoing strike action by postal workers across the country.
Unofficial post strikes at Glasgow and Newcastle have ended after mass meetings there voted to return to work. A lunchtime mass meeting in Glasgow today saw a close vote to end the stoppage.
A national demonstration and rally in support of the Royal Mail dispute will be held on Tuesday 21 August.
Post workers in Glasgow and the west of Scotland have voted to end their unofficial action and return to work. More than 700 postal workers attended a two hour mass meeting in Glasgow. They debated the way forward for their dispute as well as putting questions to CWU union officials and voting at the end of the meeting by a proportion of around five to two to return to work. No agreement has been reached with management about the terms of returning to work.
Future days of strike action by the different functions in Royal Mail are as follows:
In A Disappearing Number – Complicite’s much anticipated new producation – the mathematician GH Hardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of the genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in the chilly English surroundings of Cambridge during the First World War.
Decent science documentaries are few and far between these days. They have been a prominent casualty of the commercialisation and cost-cutting that has hit the television industry.
East London rapper Lethal Bizzle’s superb new album Back To Bizznizz defies easy categorisation – and it certainly can’t simply be filed under "grime".
Half Of A Yellow Sunby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie rightly won the Orange prize for fiction for this novel set during the Nigeria-Biafran war in the 1960s.
How to appear to be a breath of fresh air after the bad old days of Tony Blair – while maintaining the hated man’s policies? That’s the central conundrum of Gordon Brown’s premiership.
We shall not be moved While the government talk of creating more "social housing", Hackney council in east London has unveiled plans to "decant" (evict) up to 160 families from the Gascoyne Estate.
"Now we have won America can go out of Iraq. Perhaps not today but certainly tomorrow or the next day."Younis Mahmoud captain of the Iraqi football team after scoring the winning goal in the Asian cup final
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