Dated: 18 Aug 2007
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Another week, and another six young British soldiers lie dead in the mire of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Three weeks of indefinite strike action by 600 social care workers in the Unison union in Glasgow have won concessions over regrading from the New Labour-run council.
British workers will still have the least entitlement to holidays in the European Union – even after new rights to paid leave come in.
"Pathetic", "laughable and "insulting". Those were the responses of angry health workers when shown their latest pay offer from the government.
A new report reveals that business fraud in Britain has risen by 42 percent compared to the same period last year. Some £538 million was defrauded in the first half of 2007. The amount is soaring due to the number of frauds over £50,000.
Labour’s city academy schools are excluding almost three times more pupils than neighbouring schools.
Concerns have been raised about safety and funding at the Pirbright laboratory in Surrey, which was linked last week to the foot and mouth disease outbreak in nearby farms.
New Labour’s anti-terror legislation is being used this week against protesters wanting to take part in the climate camp near Heathrow airport.
The climate camp is being supported by people in the local community, one of the protesters told Socialist Worker:
The Manchester Mental Health branch Unison vote on action in defence of activist Karen Reissmann has seen a stunning 87.3 percent yes for strike action, on a 47 percent turnout. The first strikes likely to be bewtween Wednesday 29 August and Friday 31 August. There is also a demonstration called for Sunday 9 September.
Today Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust agreed to increase staffing levels on new community mental health teams. Unison union members claimed this as a massive victory, since staff on the teams were due to be cut from tomorrow, Thursday 16 August.
While the British and US governments may admit to "difficulties" in Iraq, they continue to try and sell the invasion of Afghanistan as "the good war".
Why is Gordon Brown still backing an occupation that has failed at every level, missed every target and brought misery to millions of people?
The media has dragged a small concession from the jaws of censorship. A coalition of British media organisations has won a limited victory in an appeal against restrictions imposed on reporting the Official Secrets Act (OSA) trial of David Keogh and Leo O’Connor.
So far this month three people have died on construction sites in Britain. Stephen Griffiths fell to his death on a site in London on Monday of last week.
Respect has won a crucial council by-election in Shadwell, east London, fending off an attempt by New Labour to return its deposed local leader Michael Keith to the Tower Hamlets council chamber.
Pizza ‘slaves’ protest in Derby A protest against the exploitation of workers took place on Thursday of last week outside a pizza outlet in Derby.
Gordon Brown’s attempts to limit public sector pay are being echoed by bosses in the private sector, who are desperate to increase their profits at the expense of workers.
Workers at Newham council in east London have reacted with fury after the Labour-run council launched an attack on the Unison union.
Over 2,600 members of the RMT and TSSA rail workers’ unions are currently balloting for strike action over threats to jobs and conditions at the failed Metronet consortium on London Underground.
Computer manufacturer Evesham Technology sacked around 150 workers on Friday 3 August without any warnings.
The battle to defend Karen Reissmann, a leading Unison health union activist who has been suspended from her job as a psychiatric nurse, reaches a crucial point this week.
Workers from a Remploy factory for disabled workers marched through Poole on Friday of last week against the closure of a factory at Alder Hills.
Around 30 clerical staff at Morriston hospital in Swansea won a great victory after they walked out unofficially on Thursday of last week.
Paul Coker Paul Coker’s family held a candlelit vigil outside Plumstead police station, south London last week, to mark the second anniversary of his death in police custody.
Some 1,700 workers at helicopter firm Agusta Westland took part in a 24-hour strike on Friday of last week.
Unite, Britain’s largest union, has called a demonstration at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth on Sunday 23 September.
What's started to happen to global financial markets is very serious. Also, to anyone who knows the history of capitalism, it’s very familiar.
When Elvis Presley died, 30 years ago this month, punk was at its peak. At some punk gigs there was cheering when the news was announced. Elvis was everything the punks despised – old (over 40!), rich and best known for tedious ballads like "The Wonder of You".
On Saturday 13 August 1977 the apparently unstoppable rise of the Nazi National Front (NF) met a serious challenge. A Nazi march through Lewisham in south London faced a counter demonstration by thousands of anti-fascists. The fascists’ march was stopped.
Sixty years ago on 15 August 1947, India was handed over by its British rulers to be governed by the political medley called the Congress Party – ending over 170 years of colonial rule.
In the first part of our new series on China Charlie Hore looks at the impact of the Communist Party’s victory
Postal workers in the CWU union have shown how we can challenge Gordon Brown’s 2 percent pay limit. Their solid strike action has forced an arrogant Royal Mail management to the negotiating table.
Our strikes got Royal Mail worried. That’s the only reason they’ve agreed to talks. How many times did Allan Leighton and Adam Crozier – bolstered by Gordon Brown – parrot the line that "the offer is the offer"?
Royal Mail management is pushing ahead with the introduction of a change in start times for delivery workers.
When David Morrison, delivery rep at Islington in north London, read in Socialist Worker about a desperate strike by Egyptian postal workers (28 July), he sent a simple note of solidarity to Cairo.
Royal mail management’s offer of negotiations and the CWU union’s decision to call off strikes set for last week has created a wide debate among postal workers’.
Thousands of Post Office counters workers in the big high street post offices went on strike on Friday of last week, and Monday of this week.
During the dispute Royal Mail management have victimised a number of workers. They actively encouraged scab workers to put in complaints against union activists.
The Spanish Civil War by Andy DurganPalgrave, £14.50 Andy Durgan has written a short but incisive history of the Spanish Civil War.
Year on year the Edinburgh Festival seems to be increasingly dominated by cheap, disposable culture.
This week saw the release of the Reach report into "raising the aspirations and attainment of black boys and young black men".
The Heathrow climate camp This week thousands of protesters will campaign at the Heathrow airport climate camp to highlight the issue of climate change.
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