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Issue: 2128

Dated: 22 Nov 2008

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Tax the rich to fund jobs and services

Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron have been bickering about tax cuts in the run-up to Monday's pre-budget report. Brown says he plans a "temporary and affordable fiscal stimulus" to cushion the blows of recession.

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BT workers: 'We have to fight for our jobs and pensions'

The attack on the pensions of BT workers is taking place against the background of financial meltdown but it started much earlier.

Organising to resist the council cuts in Barnet

Some three hundred trade unionists and local residents attended a heated meeting in Barnet, north London, on Tuesday of last week to oppose potential moves to privatise council services.

Hammersmith & Fulham council back down on sackings

Hammersmith & Fulham council has been forced to withdraw a threat to sack workers if they failed to sign new contracts that include a raft of attacks on terms and conditions.

Scottish local government workers in the GMB and Unite unions reject pay offer

Members of the GMB and Unite unions have rejected the latest local government pay offer in Scotland, raising the possibility of further strike action.

What's going wrong in Unison?

Following the huge fringe meetings at Unison conference this year against the witch-hunt and for more democracy, a national forum has been called by various groups on the left to unite the campaigns and discuss a way forward.

Activists to discuss victimised health worker

Those attending the "What’s going wrong in Unison?" meeting will be keen to discuss the on-going attempts to witchhunt high profile left wingers in the union, including Yunus Bakhsh.

Michael Rosen: Class selects the educational elite

A complex and highly contentious issue in education has been raised by a recent study. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and a government agency, the National College of School Leadership, have produced a report looking at how to improve educational achievement among white working class pupils.

Reports round-up

Appledore strike suspended Strikes at the Appledore Shipyard in Devon have been suspended.

Strike forces Stagecoach owner to drive his own bus

Drivers at Stagecoach Bluebird in the north east of Scotland are set to strike on Friday of this week over pay.

Steria IT workers vote to fight job cuts

Workers at the Steria company in Manchester and Skelmersdale have voted to take industrial action against plans to impose compulsory redundancies and outsource jobs to India.

Anti-Nazi protest round-up

The fascist British National Party (BNP) has launched its campaign for next year’s European parliament elections. BNP leader Nick Griffin has announced his intention to stand in the north west of England.

Trade unions must lead a national fight to save jobs

Over 1,200 people are being forced out of work every day in Britain as the recession deepens. The number of people out of work has climbed to 1.8 million – the highest figure since November 1997.

EDF testers strike on London Underground

Around 25 testers in the RMT transport union on the London Underground struck from Sunday night to Tuesday morning in a pay dispute.

Nominate Laurence Faircloth in Amicus election

Branches of the Amicus section of the Unite union are nominating candidates for a crucial election for general secretary.

Labour left conference meets

More than 250 activists from trade unions and the Labour left gathered in central London last Saturday for the annual conference of the Labour Representation Committee (LRC).

House building blocked by reliance on private sector

New Labour's plans to build more houses using the private sector lie in ruins. Plans for more than 68,000 homes have been shelved so far this year.

Dover dock strikers have bosses all at sea

"We're not just fighting for our jobs and pensions, but for everyone who works in the ports.

Campaign against privatisation blocks NHS profiteers

Health service privatisation can be beaten is the message that campaigners in north London want to send out after beating an attempt to build a polyclinic in Camden, which could have been privately-run.

Workers hit back at Federal Mogul car parts firm

Around 160 car component workers at the Federal Mogul plant in Coventry walked out on strike on Monday of this week over attempts to make them work longer for no extra pay.

Health workers to strike over pay

Around 100,000 health workers are set to strike against a derisory three-year pay offer after members of the Unite union voted for industrial action.

Walkout at Fiddler's Ferry shocks power bosses

Electricians at Fiddler's Ferry power station in Cheshire are on unofficial strike against lay-offs.

500 march to stop postal job cuts in Milton Keynes

Around 500 postal workers and their supporters marched in Bletchley on Saturday to protest at the announced closure of Milton Keynes mail centre.

Sussex university workers resists pension attacks

Some of the lowest paid workers at the University of Sussex are fighting an attack on their pensions that would see them paying more and retiring later—but receiving a lower – value pension in return.

Taxing time for the poor as rich get off scot free

Poor people pay too much tax, rich people pay too little, and really rich people and companies pay hardly any tax at all.

Britain lies exposed to the global economic hurricane

Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England, admitted last week that Britain is probably now in recession. It joins a long list of economies which are now experiencing a downturn, including the US, Japan and the European Union.

Anger as teaching panel caves in to BNP demand

Teachers were outraged this week after the General Teaching Council (GTC) agreed to remove its chair from a panel set to hear a case against fascist British National Party (BNP) member Adam Walker.

A World In Crisis conference will discuss alternatives

The collapse of the system's neoliberal economic certainties over the last few weeks has meant that millions of people are questioning capitalism and want answers.

People Before Profit Charter: turning the heat on banks

Supporters of the People Before Profit Charter are continuing to organise protests and events to highlight the charter's ten demands to improve the lives of working people in the face of the crisis.

Iraq deal does not end the war

It is being hailed as an honourable end to a disreputable war, the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Iraqi cabinet last weekend sets out a timetable for the withdrawal of US combat troops from cities by June 2009, and the whole country by December 2011.

Seize this opportunity to send the Nazi BNP packing

The leak of the membership list for the fascist British National Party (BNP) is an opportunity for trade unionists and anti-fascists to drive home a blow against Britain’s largest Nazi organisation.



G20 has no answers to crisis

You would have had to be very naive to believe that the G20 meeting in Washington last weekend would really mark, as Gordon Brown put it, "the birth pangs of this new global order" demanded by the world economic crisis.


Uniting in struggle: John Riddell on the Communist International in 1922

In 1922 socialists from around the world travelled to Russia to discuss and debate the future of the workers' movement.

Can socialist planning work?

Why do we need socialist planning?

Obama's new strategy as the US faces defeat in Afghanistan

When Barack Obama takes office on 20 January next year he will be handed a document crafted by Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff.

The growing scandal of firefighter deaths

A new report commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has revealed a scandalous rise in the number of firefighters dying on duty.

How a workers' uprising ended the First World War

It is widely claimed that the 1918 November Revolution in Germany failed. But it succeeded in ending the First World War – the biggest and bloodiest war in human history up to that time.

Media witch-hunt over Baby P puts more children at risk

The horrific case of Baby P, who died after abuse and neglect in Haringey, north London, has provoked headline-grabbing stories.


VR Main: rewriting the history of Manet's favourite model

A Woman With No Clothes On is a new novel that depicts the life of Victorine Meurent.

Call Mr Robeson: celebrating Paul Robeson's life and songs

Tayo Aluko is bringing Call Mr Robeson, his brilliant performance of Paul Robeson's life and songs, to London this week for a fundraiser for the Left Alternative organisation.

CD review: Welcome to Mali – Amadou & Mariam

The new album by the Malian artists Amadou & Mariam features special guest appearances by Keziah Jones, "M", Tiken Jah Fakoli, Toumani Diabate and Juan Rozoff.

The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes

Award-winning playwright Adriano Shaplin's new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company brings to life the political and intellectual turmoil of London in 1658.

CD review: Les stances à Sophie – Art Ensemble Of Chicago

The Art Ensemble of Chicago was one product of the movement to create a so-called Free Jazz – a new sound to capture the feeling in black America in the 1960s.

What We Think

Double standards over child welfare

Over half of adults in Britain believe that children behave like "animals" and over a third think that "something needs to be done to protect us from children".

Pay gap between sexes is widening

New figures showing the complete failure of Labour's policies on equal pay were released last week.

Genoa trials are a brutal injustice

Sixteen top police officers responsible for a vicious raid and the illegal detention and torture of scores of anti-G8 campaigners in Genoa eight years ago walked free from an Italian court last week.

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