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Issue: 1760

Dated: 04 Aug 2001



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Thousands sacked every day

Britain has Europe's fattest fat cats - see page 2


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Boom and bust is back again

PAUL O'NEILL, the US Treasury Secretary, last week exuded the feelgood conservatism typical of George Bush's administration. "I am an unqualified optimist about the economic potential of the world," he told the Financial Times...

Council workers

STRIKING CARE workers in Sefton, Merseyside, are at the centre of efforts by campaigners across Britain to stop the mounting closures of council care homes for the elderly and for children.

Genoa mood spans globe

THE PROTESTS in Genoa and across Italy were only the most visible signs of global resistance to capitalism last week. In India and South Africa workers held strikes and protests...

Time to humble Blair at home

THE HIGH priest of neo-liberalism. This is how Tony Blair sees his world role. This week in Brazil he spoke to a gathering of businessmen...

Bradford mill faces closure

SHOCKWAVES went through the city of Bradford last week with the news that the city's largest remaining textile mill could close...

Bring Genoa spirit home

I WENT to Genoa as part of a delegation of four people from my local GMB branch. We wanted to send our message against privatisation, in defence of asylum seekers and against corporate greed...

Deaths at work soar

SOME 295 people were killed at work last year. That is a third more than during the previous 12 months, according to the Health and Safety Executive...

Fattest cats in Europe

BRITAIN'S FAT cats are the fattest in Europe, while manufacturing workers here are the lowest paid in any major industrialised country...

After Genoa

OVER 100 people attended the Genoa eyewitness reportback meeting in Bristol last week. Some 68 people signed up to launch a Globalise Resistance group...

Italy after Genoa

THE VICIOUS police repression of those who protested against the G8 summit in Genoa has sent shockwaves...

Socialist Alliance

OVER 80 officers and delegates from Socialist Alliances around England met in Birmingham last Saturday to plan the way forward after the general election...

Defend refugees

CAMPAIGNERS FROM asylum groups joined with trade unionists for a lively protest outside Liverpool prison last Sunday...

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Obituary

Is this today's Communist Manifesto?

"NOTHING LESS than a rewriting of the Communist Manifesto for our time." "The sharpest description of globalisation ever written." "The hot, smart book of the moment." These are just some of the comme

Number of homeless doubles

THE FIGURE for homeless families housed in bed and breakfast accommodation has more than doubled since 1997...

TGWU

THE LEADERSHIP of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) is continuing its witch-hunt against two full time officials in Ireland...

Old red tops New Labour

DAVID TRIESMAN is to become Labour's new general secretary. He has spent the last two decades as the staid chief negotiator of the NATFHE and AUT unions...

Dump the dump!

AROUND 500 people marched through Islington on Tuesday of last week in protest at Arsenal football club's proposal to site a waste processing plant in the middle of council housing estates...

Stop Blunkett and Burnley council

CAMPAIGNERS are pressing ahead to ensure the largest possible turnout at the carnival in Burnley in four weeks time organised by the Anti Nazi League (ANL). They do so in the face of outrageous moves by the police in Lancashire to have the carnival banned....

Bush's space bomb

CLAIMS by US president George W Bush that his Son of Star Wars plan is purely defensive were blown out of the water this week...

Stand up for council housing

BRITAIN'S BIGGEST council landlord is on course to hand its homes to a private housing company.

Should unions and Lib Dems link up?

MORE AND more union leaders are flirting with the Liberal Democrats. Last week the GMB's general secretary, John Edmonds, announced he is to hold talks with Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy...

'Totally inhumane'

HOME SECRETARY David Blunkett looks set to try and head off opposition to the government's persecution of asylum seekers by ending the hated voucher scheme...

Italy in the 1970s

SOME OF the events witnessed in Genoa two weeks ago uncannily resemble what happened in Italy 30 years ago. What became known as the "strategy of tension" began in December 1969 when a bomb exploded ...

'Beatings will not stop us protesting'

"THE POLICE beat people one by one. They worked their way along the line. People were screaming and crying." "I couldn't walk after the beating. I had to be stretchered out of the building."...

End Iraq sanctions

CAMPAIGNERS plan a march on Downing Street on Sunday to demand the ending of sanctions on Iraq...

Schools like factories

A SURVEY in the Times Education Supplement has found teachers, especially newly qualified staff, are leaving the profession in record numbers...

Tube fight is far from over

A HIGH court judge ruled last Monday that London Underground management and the government could impose the PPP privatisation plan for the tube...

Profit pledge

PRIVATE companies have been promised big profits from taking over part of the NHS. The shocking pledge came in a document from the Department of Health...

In brief

AROUND 500 people marched through Islington on Tuesday of last week in protest at Arsenal football club's proposal to site a waste processing plant in the middle of council housing estates...


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