Dated: 06 Oct 2007
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by Gareth Eales, branch secretary, Northamptonshire Amal CWU
Thousands of postal workers restarted their long running dispute with Royal Mail today by walking out in the first of two planned 48-hour strikes.
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Why are postal workers on strike?
A new sentiment has gripped mainstream liberal thinking in Britain over the last few years – one which regards Muslims as uniquely problematic and in need of forceful integration into "superior" Western values.
Tony Benn and Labour national executive member Walter Wolfgang are set to defy the law and lead a banned anti-war march down Whitehall to parliament next Monday—the day Gordon Brown has promised to deliver a statement on Britain's presence in occupied Iraq.
Gordon Brown was in Basra in Iraq on Tuesday of this week to announce that 1,000 British troops would leave the city by the end of the year. But 4,000 will remain in Iraq – despite being driven out of Basra city last month.
The fight between the CWU postal workers' union and Royal Mail is a political dispute in which Gordon Brown is the real power behind the scenes.
Attacks on the union in Watford Bosses called in police to attempt to move workers they were disciplining from the Watford mail centre on Friday of last week – a move that could have ended in tragedy.
As political debate centres on the imminence of a general election, this should not mask the fact that Gordon Brown's electoral strategy is to move New Labour yet further rightwards to win Tory votes.
Over 500 activists protested on Monday of this week at the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland. This was the final day of the year-long Faslane 365 campaign. Over 160 protesters were arrested at the demonstration.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, shadow minister for community cohesion, sparked outrage last weekend by saying people who vote for the fascist British National Party (BNP) have "very legitimate views" on immigration.
Gordon Brown is set to reveal this month the comprehensive spending review that outlines public spending for the next three years.
Respect has launched an emergency £20,000 general election fundraising drive in preparation for an early poll.
Campaigners against gun and knife crime in Tottenham, north London, are gearing up for a protest march on Sunday of next week.
Management at Manchester mental health trust this week moved closer to disciplining, and possibly even sacking, leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann.
Over 3,000 classroom assistants took strike action across Northern Ireland on Wednesday of last week to stop attacks on their pay and conditions.
Every one of the 800,000 Unison union members in local government who are due to be balloted from next week should vote for strikes to stop pay cuts and attacks on conditions.
The government has stepped in to attempt to resolve the continuing chaos over the single status pay agreement.
Over 2,000 Unison union members who work for Birmingham council have attended mass meetings to discuss the imminent imposition of new contracts.
In response to the coordinated union campaign against the closure of Remploy factories for disabled workers, minister Peter Hain has claimed there is a "good future" for the factories.
Up to 12,000 bus workers at four different companies in London are currently moving towards industrial action to win better pay.
Over 250,000 members of the PCS civil service workers' union are taking part in a consultative ballot to decide the next step in their dispute over job cuts, low pay and privatisation.
Tube drivers on the Circle, Hammersmith and City and District lines on the London Underground last week showed how workers have the power to put safety over managers' wishes.
A special pay conference for members of the UCU lecturers' union in further education colleges is set to take place this Saturday, which will discuss whether to reject a below inflation pay offer.
Thirteen Hungarian pizza workers employed by a Domino's pizza franchise in Derby and Wolverhampton are celebrating a victory in their campaign for workplace justice.
Some 40 members of the NUJ journalists' union at the Coventry Telegraph are balloting for strike action over inadequate editorial staffing levels.
A series of "catastrophic" errors by police officers at all levels led to the shooting of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station, in 2005, a court has heard.
New audience at anti-war teach-in Students joined long-standing peace campaigners at a 150 strong anti-war teach-in organised jointly by Manchester university students' union and Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition.
With just an hour to go the metropolitan police told organisers of today’s Not One More Death protest that it would not be banned from marching to parliament.
They brought drums and homemade placards, set up a sea of tents in the factory grounds and turned the forecourt of the mill into a week-long mass meeting.
Train drivers in Germany announced a national one-day strike to take place on Friday of this week, after negotiations with national rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) broke down.
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union called off a strike by 73,000 workers at the General Motors (GM) US car firm, despite two days of solid action last week, after reaching a deal with the company.
Why do trade union leaders echo widespread anger at the Labour government, yet also seem determined to support a Labour Party that is hell-bent on attacking working people?
John Riddell, the pre-eminent historian of the Communist Third International, continues his series by looking at the Comintern's attempt to build a worldwide party while avoiding the mistakes of the Second International
Last week saw Burma's military junta struggling to put down a rebellion of monks and ordinary people flocking onto the streets to protest against political repression and demand democracy.
The mainstream media concentrates on the pronouncements of foreign governments and the supposed role of the United Nations in stopping the bloodshed perpetrated by the Burmese military junta.
Many people horrified by the brutality of the Burmese regime say that the "international community" should intervene in the country. But the history of Burma shows that meddling by imperial powers has always made things worse.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels suggested two reasons why revolution is necessary.
This year has seen the often apolitical art scene in Britain burst into life with critiques of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan – most notably Mark Wallinger's Turner prize nominated State Britain installation.
The Bridge of the Golden Horn With Emine Sevgi Özdamar and John Berger. Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftsbury Avenue, London, 7pm, Friday 5 October. Tickets £4/£2 from Bookmarks – phone 020 7637 1848
In among the "will he won't he" hype over whether Gordon Brown will call a general election, the prime minister has asked the union leaders for some cash.
Pakistani state jails democracy activists The recent announcement that General Musharraf will be allowed to seek election while remaining head of the military should dispel any doubts about the tyrannical nature of the Pakistani regime.
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