Dated: 10 Nov 2007
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Outrage spread across the NHS this week at news of the sacking of leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann, a nurse with 25 years experience of working in mental health in Manchester.
Respect’s annual national conference is going ahead on Saturday of next week – despite attempts to prevent it from happening.
Over 250 people attended a national council of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) last Saturday to discuss the crisis engulfing Respect and the way forward for the left in Britain.
Salvinder Dhillon has stood for Respect in Ealing Southall and Southall Green in west London, coming second to Labour in last year’s local elections. He is a Respect candidate for the London assembly.
A Respect-backed fundraising event in Preston Lancashire raised over £50,000 for orphans in Palestine on Saturday of last week.
Nearly 3,000 people demonstrated in Edinburgh last Saturday against the renewal of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons.
To say that the police officers who followed 27 year old electrician Jean Charles de Menezes into a London tube train "undermined his health and safety" is something of an understatement.
"Socialist Worker has been at the forefront of campaigning and fighting against racism, both in the past and in the present. It’s vital in the fight against racism that we support such a paper."David Okoro, cousin of Anthony Walker, murdered by racists in Liverpool in 2005
At the same time as Gordon Brown announces further plans to roll back civil liberties, Scotland’s highest profile human rights lawyer faces jail for comments made after defending his client in a terror trial.
Thousands of journalists across Britain and Ireland protested against worsening conditions in their industry this week, taking part in a series of events and demonstrations called by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
A march and rally in support of Freemantle care workers in Barnet, north west London has been organised by the local Unison union branch.
Year six of the "war on terror" has produced warnings of war on Iran and plans for US military bases in Lebanon that threaten Syria and the Lebanese resistance.
Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf has launched a wave of repression by imposing martial law, banning public assemblies and shutting down independent TV stations.
Within 24 hours of it being declared, over 200 people defied the state of emergency to gather on the steps of the Karachi press club.
A growing revolt by postal workers is threatening to scupper the deal negotiated by their CWU union leadership to end the dispute with Royal Mail.
The key issue in my branch is the imposition of new working practices – for example, the longs and shorts (where we might be instructed to work only six hours on a Tuesday but up to nine hours on a Friday), and the 30 minutes of "flexible" time on a daily basis.
The vote by the CWU union's postal executive to accept and recommend Royal Mail's offer to the membership was not unanimous. Many of those in leading positions in the union recognise that the deal falls far short of what could have been achieved.
Postal workers in many parts of the country are still "doing the job properly". This means they start at agreed times, take their allotted breaks, do not use their private cars on deliveries and stick to the agreed bag weights.
Walk out at Revenue & Customs Hundreds of civil service workers in Revenue & Customs have walked out unofficially after management announced plans to withdraw flexitime for workers. This is a change in workers’ contracts.
Tens of thousands of PCS members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are to ballot for strike action over their pay offer.
Some 68 percent of members in the PCS civil service workers’ union voted to back strike action in the union’s long-running battle over job cuts, pay and privatisation.
Left wing activists in the Amicus section of the Unite union are putting themselves forward to be nominated by branches for next year’s national executive elections.
Ballot papers have now been sent out for the NUT teacher’s union national elections.
The UCU lecturers’ union will hold a special higher education pay conference on 9 November. The key issue up for discussion at the meeting is the threat by our employers to withdraw from national bargaining.
Train drivers in the Aslef union at Midland Mainline struck, for the second time on Thursday of last week over pensions.
Between 30 and 40 students at Oxford university from a wide range of political backgrounds met on Monday of this week to plan a united campaign against the decision of the Oxford Union debating club to invite two prominent Nazis to speak on 26 November.
Hundreds of strikers rallied at Newham council buildings and depots in east London on Wednesday of last week. They were part of a strike in support of Unison union branch chair Michael Gavan, who has been suspended from work.
The indefinite strike by Glasgow council’s 270 day-centre workers, members of the Unison union, is now entering its fourth week. The council is still refusing to even negotiate with its workers.
Some 40,000 workers in Birmingham are heading into battle with the council over the "single status" pay deal.
Eastleigh Refuse workers in Eastleigh, Hampshire, staged a 24-hour walkout on Monday over working conditions.
A solid strike by US screenwriters, which began on Monday of this week, is severely hitting the US television networks.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have jailed over 120 workers following a strike (Socialist Worker, 3 November) that brought construction on prestigious building projects in the oil rich state to a halt.
The US is blocking a compromise between the Lebanese government and opposition over the election of a new president for Lebanon.
Italian police forced homeless people in Rome to leave their makeshift houses on the banks of the Tiber river last week in the start of a racist crackdown.
Some 25,000 people demonstrated in Ankara, Turkey, last Saturday against military attacks on Kurds in northern Iraq.
There is a serious chance of power shortages in Britain this winter.
Gordon Brown showed his true colours on Wednesday of last week with his "get tough on school failure" speech.
It is too early to be able to assess the full impact of the breakaway from Respect launched last weekend by George Galloway and his associates.
There is a gaping hole in what passes for British history taught in many of our schools. While many students will know of an English civil war fought between King Charles I and parliament in the 1640s, few will get any sense of the revolutionary process that brought Oliver Cromwell to power as England’s first non-royal head of state.
Recent reports have shown the contradictions that immigration raises for our rulers.
On 7 January 1921, the German Communist Party addressed an unprecedented appeal to the country’s working class, political parties and trade unions.
London is presented as a global city. What does this mean?
Splits in left wing organisations are ugly, messy affairs. From a distance it can look like nothing more than a confused jumble of claims and counterclaims – a "pointless argument" about egos or trivial details.
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