Dated: 24 May 2008
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Gordon Brown’s government is reacting to its growing unpopularity by increasing its shift to the right.
Redistribute the wealth at Argos Two thousand distribution workers in the Unite union at Argos are currently balloting to strike over pay.
In a bitter blow to firefighters, the high court decided last week to back a government ruling that strips pensions payments from firefighters injured in the course of their duties.
The conference of the TSSA rail workers’ union last week debated the union’s relationship with Labour, and in particular Gordon Brown.
Two sacked airport workers in Northern Ireland are on hunger and thirst strike for the second time in a month.
Blackburn with Darwen Refuse workers in Blackburn with Darwen council are planning another one-day strike with a mass rally through Blackburn town centre on Friday of this week.
Around 200 people gathered in Preston Flag market on Thursday of last week to commemorate 60 years of Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Members of the NUJ journalists’ union at Newsquest York were set to strike for five days from Thursday of this week over management’s below-inflation pay offer of 3 percent.
Unite union members working on London’s buses met last week for the London Busworkers Conference.
Bus drivers in the Unite union at Transdev Harrogate and District have voted in favour of strike action over a new driving schedule and rota system.
Almost 600 bus drivers in the Unite union at Brighton and Hove Buses are set to strike over a pay deal that would also make changes to workers’ conditions.
The national council elected at Respect’s annual conference last year met last weekend, joined by branch representatives from around the country. The main subject of discussion was the elections held earlier this month.
Oldham protest against academies Over 100 parents, children, teachers and local residents held a lively and noisy protest at the planned site for one of three proposed city academies in Oldham in Lancashire on Wednesday of last week.
Not content with allowing Royal Mail to close hundreds of post offices around the country as part of a bid to become more market friendly, the government is said to be considering plans to part-privatise the entire postal service.
There is another, less famous May 1968 anniversary this month – the partial collapse of the Ronan Point tower block in Newham, east London. Twenty two storeys high, this block was based on a Danish system that was only designed to go up to six storeys.
Leaders of the Unison union were delivered two shattering blows last week when the trade union certification officer ruled that a crackdown on two of the union’s best known left wingers broke the union’s own rules – and in one case even broke the law.
The Trade union certification officer found that Tony Staunton, a member of the Unison union’s south west regional council for more than a decade, was "unreasonably excluded" from being a candidate in the 2007 national executive elections.
More than a million people employed by local authorities could take on the government in the growing battle over public sector pay.
Workers from different public sector unions will come together on 9 June for a TUC lobby of parliament over pay.
The need for more united action to beat Gordon Brown’s pay freeze is clear to many.
The national march against fascism and racism called for Saturday 21 June in London is building momentum.
The trial of the "Raytheon Nine" anti-war activists is set to start this week in Belfast, and last for up to six weeks.
A 24-year old US soldier has refused his deployment to Iraq.
The US military and its Iraqi allies have abandoned the siege of Sadr City, the poor Shia slum of Baghdad, after failing to disarm the Mehdi army – a resistance organisation led by rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
Key amendments to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill – which include the biggest attacks on abortion rights for 18 years – were being debated as Socialist Worker went to press.
"Who would have thought that a Labour government would abolish the 10p tax rate, increase taxes for the least well off and cut tax for the rich? We need to make Gordon Brown listen."
Attempts to limit women’s access to abortion were defeated on Tuesday evening. Anti-abortionists had tried to hijack the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill by putting various amendments that would restrict a woman’s right to choose – including cutting the current 24-week time limit to between 12 and 22 weeks and forcing pregnant women to undergo compulsory counselling.
The trial of the Raytheon Nine got underway after a number of delays and postponements on Tuesday at Laganside Court in Belfast.
New Labour was routed in the Crewe & Nantwich by-election because Labour voters wanted to punish Gordon Brown. The decision to increase taxes for some of the poorest paid and for many pensioners topped the list of grievances but working class people are seeing prices soar as this government tries to hold wage rises below inflation.
A series of brutal attacks on migrant workers in South Africa in the last two weeks has left dozens dead and forced thousands to flee.
A Roma camp in Naples is burnt to the ground as crowds cheer the attackers. Meanwhile police round up hundreds of illegal immigrants, deporting many of them immediately.
The US-backed government in Lebanon is attempting to wriggle out of a deal that ended days of heavy fighting in the country last week.
There has been a slight recovery of nerve in the financial centres of Wall Street and the City of London over the past few weeks.
Many people reading the mainstream media coverage of the British National Party (BNP) will have been struck by a curious coyness when it comes to describing the nature of the organisation.
The roots of the British National Party (BNP) lie in the splinters of the National Front (NF), the main fascist organisation of the late 1970s.
The collapse of the Labour vote and the resurgence of the Tories in the recent local elections sent a shiver down the spine of millions and should have sounded the death knell for New Labour.
Instant pay cuts, a minimum wage that exists on paper but not in pay packets, 70-hour weeks, unpaid overtime, no holidays, rotten conditions and instant dismissal are the daily grind for at least two million workers in Gordon Brown’s Britain.
The TUC report includes many interviews with vulnerable workers, giving snapshots into the reality of life for many in Britain.
Agency workers are paid much less than their directly employed counterparts.
At the beginning of the First World War, lines of French infantry in blue coats and red trousers charged machine guns and modern artillery. The French lost one man in four in a month.
This book is about a period that, for so many of us who were involved, was one of the most memorable and extraordinary of our lives.
Alexandra township was at the forefront of South Africa’s fight against apartheid. So it is shocking that it is now at the centre of attacks on migrants. But the experience in the townships of 14 years of African National Congress (ANC) government has been the slow removal of hope.
A Saturday at the end of every June will see armies parade through the streets, showing off their military might. Sporting events on the day will acquire a "military flavour".
Thanks to Gordon Brown’s pandering to the bigots inside his own cabinet, Labour MPs had a free vote on anti-abortion amendments put to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in parliament this week.
Pauline Campbell was a formidable campaigner and a tower of strength for those whom the state willfully chose to neglect.
We can organise the unemployed It is notoriously difficult for us to organise ourselves when we are unemployed because we have no workplace.
‘Rising energy and import prices will almost certainly push inflation up further, possibly significantly, in the coming months.’ Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England