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Issue: 1916

Dated: 28 Aug 2004



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Wanted for Anti-social behaviour

WORKING CLASS communities are under siege by the New Labour government.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Bosses suffer hard landing

THE THREAT of a strike over the bank holiday weekend has forced British Airways (BA) management to give significant concessions over pay.

Health workers

AMBULANCE WORKERS in the north east of England have won an important victory.

Civil service

THE CAMPAIGN for decent pay in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is still ongoing. Some 85,000 DWP workers in the PCS civil servants’ union rejected a pay offer last November.

Respect campaigns

RESPECT’S by-election campaign in Hartlepool was formally launched last week at an enthusiastic, well attended public meeting.

Eurostar

WORKERS IN customer services at Eurostar are quite simply fed up with our pay.

Food processing workers

WORKERS AT the food preparation firm Uniq, at Annan and Finnarts Bay in the west of Scotland, have won significant gains.

Refugee protests

MORE than 150 people marched through Sheffield last Saturday in support of a Kurdish asylum seeker who had been on hunger strike for over 40 days.

‘My Gordon died for oil’

THE FAMILY of Gordon Gentle, a 19 year old British soldier from Pollok in Glasgow who was killed in Iraq on 28 June, launched a campaign last week demanding that all British troops leave Iraq.

Army sees poor areas as fertile ground

‘POLLOK IS still considered to be one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas. There is very high unemployment and very little opportunity for young people.

BBC has been caught up inside the Matrix

THE PROBLEM is that BBC journalists are trapped in the Matrix with the ruling class.

Reports that did not have ‘a lick of truth’

THE THREE-week standoff between occupation forces and resistance fighters in the Iraqi city of Najaf has been a major news story.

Who says?

"I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?"

US casualties are on the rise

THE CASUALTY rates for US and other troops occupying Iraq have rocketed upwards this month.

Why we should say no to the ASBOs

CAMDEN COUNCIL in north London has a new magazine—Camden Living. The front page lead is "Cracking Down On Crime". The editorial and another whole page are devoted to Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs).

All out for a decent future

THE INDEFINITE strike by Swansea IT workers escalated last week as official picket lines were placed on three major council workplaces.

What do we get from the link?

TWO GROUPS of workers in our union have been forced to go on indefinite strike.

Nae nukes is good nukes

ABOUT 1,000 people blockaded the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland over three days last weekend.


International


Comment

Iraq is still in poll position

THE POLITICAL war over Iraq goes on, alongside the shooting war. Two polls published last week illustrated this struggle.

Time to defend nanny state

THE BBC’s recent programme Nurseries Undercover revealed cases of abuse in privately owned nurseries. It provoked many headlines and much anxiety for parents of young children.


Features

Response shows the thirst for ideas

THE FULL Spectrum Resistance offer allows people to receive Socialist Worker, the monthly Socialist Review magazine and the quarterly International Socialism journal through the post, for just £8 a month, paid by direct debit.

Who should we back for president?

Protest will erupt in New York this week on a scale not seen since the great demonstrations on the eve of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Reject Bush and build Green Party

I LOVE and admire both Nader and his running mate Peter Camejo, and have had a close working relationship with both of them for many years.

Don’t let this debate divide us

AT ZNet I see a stupendous volume of election commentary—most of it highly fractious and redundant. I suspect that all the time going into debating the election is reducing attention going to other pursuits.

Failed by the system

BLACK BOYS are suffering appalling levels of expulsions and underachievement in Britain’s schools

Don’t criminalise us

Weyman Bennett

Jamaica's song of freedom

FOR A small island in the Caribbean with a population of 2.6 million, Jamaica and its people have had a massive cultural impact on the wider world. For 300 years Jamaica was the jewel in the crown of the British colonies in the Caribbean, its riches based on the enslavement of Africans.

Why revolutionaries oppose all oppression

OVER 100 years ago, Lenin argued that the model for revolutionaries "should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people, who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression, no matter where it appears, no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects".

Bring resistance to Blair’s capital

Lindsey German is the convenor of the Stop the War Coalition.


Reviews

The Motorcycle Diaries: How Ernesto turned into Che Guevara

We set out on a wondrous journey in The Motorcycle Diaries.

Artists come together to rage against Bush

Rock Against Bush Volume 2 Various artists, £8


What We Think


Other Categories

Fighting for the rich

I AM from what can be called an army family. Three generations of my family fought for this country. Two grandfathers took part in the carnage called the First World War.

Do you know who was convicted of terror?

YOU PROBABLY know that very few people have actually been convicted under the new terrorist laws. But you might also assume that those who have been found guilty are all Muslims.

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