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Issue: 1754

Dated: 23 Jun 2001



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Who was violent in Gothenburg?

TONY BLAIR denounced Gothenburg's anti-capitalist protesters as a "travelling circus" bent on "causing as much mayhem as possible". His words came as a young Swedish man lay fighting for his life...


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Come and join in the debates

MARXISM 2001-a week of debates, forums and discussion-takes place in London from 6 to 13 July. Its theme is "A new movement, a new left."...

In brief

ENVIRONMENTALISTS and socialists joined forces for a demonstration in Sheffield last Saturday calling for the city's municipal waste incinerator to be shut down...

EIS conference

NEW Labour leaders thought they had bought peace to the classrooms in Scotland through the McCrone agreement. They were left with no such illusions after the annual conference of the main teaching uni

Join Refugee Week activity

THIS SATURDAY sees the start of Refugee Week. It is an excellent series of events right across Britain celebrating the contribution which people seeking asylum have made here...

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Labour failing in classroom

AFTER A torrent of criticism about the new AS levels New Labour has been forced to launch a review of the exams...

Tory party leadership backbiting

I HAVE an infallible formula for cheering up anyone who is feeling low. Just think about the Tories. However bad things may be for you, they are worse for them...

Cannabis demo

ABOUT 10,000 people marched through south London on Saturday in a vibrant demonstration for the legalisation of cannabis...

Right to strike on railways

TRAIN GUARDS were due to stage a one-day, effectively national, strike on Monday of next week, as Socialist Worker went to press...

Climate of hatred

THE RIGHT wing press are whipping up a climate of hatred against Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. They were jailed eight years ago for killing two year old James Bulger when they were ten...

Express victory

AROUND 200 journalists at Express Newspapers in London and 30 in Scotland have voted to accept new contracts after the company was forced to agree better conditions...

Genoa in July

"AN UNFORTUNATE choice." So says Italian prime minister Berlusconi about Genoa, where the next meeting of the world's G8 leaders takes place from 19 to 22 July.He is terrified...

Their interests in new conflict

NEW LABOUR'S favourite think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, has been advising the government to privatise health and education...

Connect conference

FIFTY MEDICAL secretaries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire walked out earlier this month to hold a two-hour gate demonstration over their regrading claim...

Oldham-government gives ground to nazis

NEW LABOUR and the Liberals have given in to the Nazi BNP by pandering to prejudice. Representatives from Oldham's Liberal Democrat council and the three Labour MPs for the town met with home secreta

Brighton bin workers win over privatisation

A BRILLIANT four-day unofficial strike and occupation by bin workers in Brighton and Hove defeated the giant multinational waste company Sita...

Upsurge of protests and unrest in China

A NEW wave of discontent is growing in China. Even the Chinese government which is misleadingly called a Communist regime, admits...

Gothenburg-what really happened

SWEDISH POLICE tried to smash protesters against global capitalism off the streets of Gothenburg last week. First police turned savage dogs on protesters. Then they fired at people with guns...

William Cook's

I AM president of the general areas forum of the Public and Commercial Services union-the group covering branches in smaller departments and public bodies...

Productivity drive will mean more stress for women

"WORKING Mothers Are Stressed And Exhausted." That was just one of the headlines that greeted a new survey of working women by health magazine Top Sant�...

Profits before patients

PRIVATISE, privatise, privatise. That is Tony Blair's slogan for his second term, although he tries to describe the real meaning of his policies by using the phrase "reform of public services"...

PCS anti-racism

THE Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) met last week and was greeted by an angry demonstration of people who had been hemmed in at Oxford Circus for nine hours on May Day this year...

Councils

OVER 1,000 council workers in Sefton, Merseyside, struck for a day on Tuesday. They were protesting against the planned closure of five residential old people's homes...

Anti-incinerator

AS THE strike at William Cook's foundry in Sheffield enters its tenth week, building solidarity and financial support is key...

May Day

SOME 100 delegates met for the conference of Connect, the union for professionals in communications, in Scarborough last week. It came against a backdrop of the continued break-up of BT...

The cost of wooing business

THE CULLEN report into the Paddington rail crash, which was published this week, highlighted the absolute disaster of rail privatisation...


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