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Issue: 2064

Dated: 18 Aug 2007




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Get the troops out now: not one more day, not one more life

Another week, and another six young British soldiers lie dead in the mire of Iraq and Afghanistan.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Glasgow social care workers' all-out strike wins concessions over regrading

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.

Britain is bottom of the table for holiday entitlement

British workers will still have the least entitlement to holidays in the European Union – even after new rights to paid leave come in.

Anger rises over Gordon Brown’s public sector pay limit

"Pathetic", "laughable and "insulting". Those were the responses of angry health workers when shown their latest pay offer from the government.

Business fraud: a sharp rise in sharp practice

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.

Academies’ high exclusion rate

Labour’s city academy schools are excluding almost three times more pupils than neighbouring schools.

Foot and mouth: research lab at centre of outbreak hit by funding cuts

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.

Heathrow climate protest defies anti-terrorism laws

New Labour’s anti-terror legislation is being used this week against protesters wanting to take part in the climate camp near Heathrow airport.

Campers win solidarity from local people against BAA

The climate camp is being supported by people in the local community, one of the protesters told Socialist Worker:

Overwhelming vote for strike action in defence of Karen Reissmann

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.

Victory for community mental health teams in Manchester

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.

Civilian casualties accelerate in Afghanistan

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".

Chaos in Iraq as occupation fails

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 Official Secrets Act, the ‘war on terror’ and justice

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.

Deaths at work could be prevented

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.

Shadwell council by-election: Respect wins again in London’s East End

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.

Reports round-up

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.

Revolt against below-inflation deals starts to get results

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.

Newham council workers rally to defence of suspended union rep

Workers at Newham council in east London have reacted with fury after the Labour-run council launched an attack on the Unison union.

Tube workers ballot for strike over Metronet jobs and conditons

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.

Protests at Evesham Technology sackings

Computer manufacturer Evesham Technology sacked around 150 workers on Friday 3 August without any warnings.

Ballot result due in crucial fight in NHS to defend Karen Reissmann

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.

Remploy workers march in Poole

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.

Unofficial walk-out wins at Swansea hospital

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 | Roger Sylvester | Nadeem (Dean) Khan

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.

Agusta Westland helicopter workers put bosses in spin

Some 1,700 workers at helicopter firm Agusta Westland took part in a 24-hour strike on Friday of last week.

Join Unite's protest at Labour conference

Unite, Britain’s largest union, has called a demonstration at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth on Sunday 23 September.


International


Comment

Dancing while the economy falls

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.


Features

Elvis Presley: an unlikely rebel

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".

Lewisham 1977: the day we turned the tide on the Nazi National Front

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.

India - the great democracy gap

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.

Mao Zedong and the Chinese Revolution

In the first part of our new series on China Charlie Hore looks at the impact of the Communist Party’s victory

Strikes force Royal Mail managers to the table

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.

Post workers: 'The bosses are rattled bosses. We must keep up the pressure'

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"?

No to a two-tier workforce

Royal Mail management is pushing ahead with the introduction of a change in start times for delivery workers.

Cairo calling... one letter gets through picket lines

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.

Post strike: ‘We’ve got this far by sticking together’

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’.

Save our post offices

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.

CWU members are being suspended for taking action

During the dispute Royal Mail management have victimised a number of workers. They actively encouraged scab workers to put in complaints against union activists.


Reviews

The Spanish Civil War - Andy Durgan | Victory Street | Work, Rest and Play exhibition

The Spanish Civil War by Andy DurganPalgrave, £14.50 Andy Durgan has written a short but incisive history of the Spanish Civil War.

Edinburgh Festival: showcases the theatre of poetry

Year on year the Edinburgh Festival seems to be increasingly dominated by cheap, disposable culture.


What We Think

Racism, not lack of role models, is the problem for black boys

This week saw the release of the Reach report into "raising the aspirations and attainment of black boys and young black men".


Other Categories

Tim: 'It'll be handy…'

Letters

The Heathrow climate camp This week thousands of protesters will campaign at the Heathrow airport climate camp to highlight the issue of climate change.

Meetings, events and demonstrations

Meetings And Events



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