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Union-busting charter smashed Bosses must negotiate NOT impose change Royal Mail have issued letter saying 'postal union not to blame' WE'VE GIVEN Royal Mail a good hiding.
UNOFFICIAL ACTION was spreading through Britain's 58 fire brigades as Socialist Worker went to press.
More revelations about the depth of police racism emerge by the day
RICH PEOPLE in posh cars are a danger to working class children.
ACTIVISTS IN Hartlepool are pleased after the Environment Agency barred 13 US toxic ships from entering a local shipyard.
AN ASIAN man working for British Airways was the target of death threats from racists but his plight was ignored by BA bosses, a tribunal heard last week.
OXFORD: Workers at the mail centre walked out on Tuesday night. We were proud to be one of the first offices to offer solidarity to those who have been bravely battling at Greenford, Dartford and elsewhere.
MEMBERS OF the Amicus union at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales, struck for the second time on Wednesday of last week. Around 500 manual workers at the plant, which produces all of Britain's coins, are fighting for a decent pay rise.
THERE IS a stereotype of civil servants which says they are well paid, wear bowler hats and carry briefcases. The reality is rather different. Today the civil service employs huge swathes of low paid workers doing essential work-finding jobs for people, delivering benefits, advising on consumer and workplace rights, running museums and art galleries, making sure roads are safe and drivers tested and licensed, and working in ports and airports.
AROUND 1,000 workers at Swissport UK and Swissport Cargo staged a 48-hour strike at Heathrow airport last Sunday and Monday. The workers are members of the TGWU union. Early on a wet and windy Sunday morning on the picket line, they told Socialist Worker why they were out: "We have been pushed from pillar to post. Our work load has increased dramatically. You don't get time to wipe your arse any more. A few years ago we moved around 100 tonnes per shift. Now its more like 225 tonnes," said one picket at the cargo depot. "We are under so much pressure," added another. "We want a pay rise. But it's about more than money."
LECTURERS AT Sunderland University have voted by 61 percent for strike action against redundancies. In June, 46 lecturers received letters saying that they were in a pool from which 12 would be made redundant.
FOLLOWING THE 30,000 strong "grants not fees" demonstration, the National Union of Students (NUS)is calling for a mass lobby of parliament on 3 December. In previous years the NUS leadership has contented itself with calling one demonstration a year.
About 100 people attended a march round Bicester town centre on Saturday after the Bicester Refugee Support Group called a demonstration against racism and fascism. The demonstration was called after the National Front intimidated people not to shop at a French farmers market.
AROUND A third of the undergraduates at King's College, Cambridge University, are expected to withhold their rent. This is despite the scare tactics used by the head of the college (who stood as a Tory in the 1997 parliamentary elections) and the college bursar (who was a key figure in the privatisation of the railways).
Activists and reps in the RMT union London region held their monthly meeting last Thursday. There was real anger about the recent derailments on the tube and real unity over the need to act.
THE RISE of the awkward squad of left wing trade union leaders has transformed the leadership of most trade unions in Britain.
THE EUROPEAN Social Forum (ESF) next week will see at least 100,000 gather in Paris for an event that will concentrate the militant mood building up across the continent. The ESF is the body that met in Florence, Italy, last year.
THE CONVENTION of the Trade Union Left set for February will bring trade unionists together to debate the vital issue of political representation. Mick Skiggs is chair of the RMT rail union's Portsmouth branch. He says, "The expulsion of George Galloway is a further example of New Labour's control freakery and how at odds it is with the interests of working people.
THE MEDIA are waking up to the prospect of massive protests wrecking George Bush's state visit to Britain in three weeks time.
ANTI-CAPITALIST forces moved to the centre stage of French politics last weekend. The country's two main far left organisations announced their united electoral challenge in important regional and European elections due next June-the same time as similar elections in Britain.
SEVENTY FIVE percent of people across Europe now believe the war against Iraq was wrong.
MOUNTJOY WOMEN'S prison in Dublin is a modern institution. Built three years ago to house 90 women prisoners, it is known as the Dochas Centre (Dochas is the Irish language word for hope).
AS THE brilliant post strike spread around the country Socialist Worker readers were visiting picket lines and organising collections in support.
A SURGING wave of solidarity brought victory to the postal workers and turned the management's hopes to ashes.
THERE ARE four key aspects to the deal agreed on Monday:
THE LATEST death toll of US soldiers in Iraq has sent shockwaves through the US establishment.
"BUSH FACES fiery Welcome". "Presidential visit Sparks Bush bonfires".
The chance for a powerful socialist challenge to New Labour was given a major boost at a 1,300-strong rally in London last week when a new coalition representing the spirit of struggle and resistance set its sights on key elections due on 'Super Thursday', 10 June 2004
THE OPENING debate was introduced by Chris Bambery, the national organiser of the Socialist Workers Party.
John said, "The anti-war movement has transformed the political landscape in this country. We can gather the forces to challenge New Labour from the movement.
EARLY NOVEMBER with the Remembrance industry in full swing is an awkward time for us.
THIS IS a dramatisation of the Hutton inquiry by the anti-war director Nicholas Kent.
Fear Itself - Walter Mosley THIS IS the US author's follow-up to his much acclaimed novel Fearless Jones.
REMEMBER THE postal workers! That should be the response whenever someone says it is impossible to beat the employers or the anti-union laws. We can all learn from the way the strike won.
ONE OF the officers suspended following the documentary on racism in the police worked at Chadderton Station in Oldham.
THE PENTAGON has apparently reallocated large numbers of military experts hunting for those elusive weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to other duties.