Dated: 07 Mar 2009
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Disgraced banker Fred Goodwin is going to keep his £16 million pension, despite some bluster from elements of the Labour government.
There is growing anger among bus drivers at Metroline’s Perivale garage in west London over a monitoring technology that is being trialled on the depot’s 100 buses.
Around 500 adult learners lobbied their MPs on Wednesday of last week and questioned cabinet secretary John Denham about the cuts to over 1.5 million national learner places.
Students march for free education
Striking community service workers in Glasgow report that they are "still solid and still motivated" as they enter their ninth week on indefinite strike.
Workers in East North East Homes Leeds struck on Tuesday of this week in defence of John McDermott, their Unison union convenor who is a member of the union’s national executive.
Around 1,500 people marched through Ayr last Saturday to protest against the cuts being imposed by the local council.
Over 100 people packed into a meeting on Wednesday of last week on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets in defence of Debbie Cordrey, a sacked Unison union steward at Island Homes.
More than 200 people attended the inquiry held by the House of Commons council housing group, which took place in a series of packed committee rooms in parliament on Wednesday of last week.
There is growing momentum for a one-day general strike in Ireland.
Workers from the Waterford Crystal factory occupation received a very warm welcome when they visited Glasgow last week.
Government plans to privatise Royal Mail have the potential to become for Gordon Brown what the poll tax was to Margaret Thatcher.
The intense mistrust of privatisation coupled with anger at the rich who are pocketing state bailouts, means that there is a groundswell of support for the campaign against the post sell-off.
Anger with New Labour among postal workers has reached record highs since the privatisation announcement.
We face two global crises. The planet’s climate is in peril and the world economy is going down the tubes. There is one answer to both crises – and it starts with climate jobs.
The election for general secretary of the Amicus section of the Unite union ends on Friday of this week.
Over 300 people attended a memorial event for Leon "Trix" Francis in Birmingham last Sunday – the day that would have been his 26th birthday.
Postal workers in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, were celebrating this week after a rooftop protest won a victory over Royal Mail managers.
More than 400 people joined a march for Palestine in Wandsworth, south London, last Saturday.
The disarray over the case of Yunus Bakhsh – who was sacked from his job and expelled from the Unison union – has deepened still further.
In 1972 there was a national strike of building workers.
Protests are continuing at the Staythorpe construction site near Newark in Nottinghamshire and the Isle of Grain site in Kent.
"Our most recent four-day strike ran from Thursday to Sunday last week and it was absolutely solid. The strike has been well supported and all 140 NUJ members of the chapel have been involved in picketing and winning support.
Around 60 NUJ and Bectu union members in the South Asian services at the BBC World Service went on strike on Thursday of last week against the offshoring and outsourcing of their sections and resulting compulsory redundancies.
Newsquest York NUJ union members at Newsquest York have given notice of holding union meetings every weekday until 30 March over management plans to cut four journalist jobs.
A mood to fight is growing throughout South West Trains, where I work as a guard. Bosses are not satisfied with the £31.7 million profit they announced towards the end of last year and are launching an assault on jobs.
Over 130 ticket office staff at the c2c train operator in the RMT and TSSA rail unions struck on Monday of this week over holidays.
Students have continued to win many victories after occupying their universities to show solidarity with the people of Gaza.
In an astonishing breach of normal legal procedure, home secretary Jacqui Smith last week sent five bailed men to prison, overriding the ruling of a senior judge.
The town of Swanley is sandwiched between the end of London and the start of Kent.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is planning a series of regional conferences to help derail the Nazi BNP at this year’s European parliament elections on Thursday 4 June.
Gordon Brown seems to have lost his bounce. And as his popularity dwindles and anger at the impact of spiralling recession grows, he hopes that hosting the G20 meeting of world leaders will help to boost his credibility and status.
New Labour is stepping in to prop up private firms struggling to fund Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes to build hospitals, schools and other public buildings.
Initiators of a statement calling for unity in the fight for jobs are urging trade unionists to sign it.
Stock markets around the world nosedived on Monday of this week as more evidence of the dire state of the world economy sent investors into a panic. This will have a dramatic impact on ordinary people’s pensions and jobs.
A rebellion is spreading that threatens to stop New Labour’s plans to sell off the post service.
Campaigners have hit back at police scaremongering tactics over the G20 protests.
The Put People First campaign hit the local press in Birmingham last week when activists took a campaign banner and leaflets to protest outside the LDV van plant where 900 jobs are at risk.
Anti-racist campaigners from London's East End held a vocal protest outside the National Theatre on Friday of last week.
Workers at a packaging firm in Dundee are occupying their factory after being told they were sacked and that the company had no money to pay their redundancy.
Twelve workers at a packaging company in Dundee are continuing the occupation of their factory over redundancy pay.
Workers occupying the Prisme plant in Dundee following its abrupt closure, received a massive boost on Saturday as support flooded in.
The West is dangling the prospect of reconstruction aid to Palestinians in Gaza – but only on the condition that they accept a two state solution.
Barack Obama announced the plans for his first budget last week. They reinforced the impression that his presidency marks a clear break from the years of George Bush.
"There’s a rumour going around that states cannot go bankrupt," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said recently at a private bank event in Frankfurt. "This rumour is not true."
Enrique Morones is the founder of Border Angels, a group of activists helping migrants who make the hazardous journey across the border from Mexico to the US. He is taking crosses to the rows of "John Does" graves.
Immigrant Latinos in the US are facing a tough and worrying future.
Women around the world will be celebrating the gains that they have fought for and won on International Women’s Day this Sunday 8 March.
How do trade union leaders react when workers lose their jobs or see their wages and conditions come under attack? Typically, they are "disappointed". Sometimes they are "angry". On rare occasions they can encourage resistance to attacks on workers.
This new album from US activist and singer Jon Fromer highlights issues such as class and race through modern blues and folk songs.
This novel for over 11 year olds is well written and absolutely gripping. It is set in a future where the US is divided into 12 different districts ruled over by the dictatorial Capitol.
This ambitious adapation of David Peace’s trilogy of novels set in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 1980s is well worth watching.
The new science fiction film Watchmen is set in a world that was identical to ours until the middle of the last century, when a group of costumed vigilantes appeared in the US.
The art of Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), the south London-born master of silent screen comedy such as The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), and Modern Times (1936), is as relevant today as a century ago.
Mosaic Fashion owns a series of high street chains. It was dumped into administration by its main backer, the Icelandic bank Kaupthing, on Monday. Kaupthing then immediately bought back Mosaic and changed the firm’s name. By doing this they wrote off some debts and snapped up the profitable bits of the company.
A spectre from the 1990s is returning to haunt the streets of Britain—negative equity and the threat of home repossession. Only this time things could be much worse. The new Lloyds Banking Group, formed from Lloyds TSB’s rescue of HBOS last year, has said that over 543,000 customers owed more on their mortgages than the value of their homes.
If the Royal Bank of Scotland had been allowed to go bust the bank’s former boss, Sir Fred Goodwin, would be on a pension of £20,000 a year. That’s what he’d be entitled to from the Pension Protection Fund, the safety net this government was forced to put in place for when company pension schemes collapse.
Fred the Shred’s smash and grab bank raid Socialist Worker recently produced an excellent campaign poster citing Fred Goodwin, the disgraced former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as "Wanted for Bank Robbery".
"I no longer believe the label of instutional racism to be either appropriate or useful to the Metropolitan Police."Scotland Yard Commisioner Sir Paul Stephenson