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Issue: 1747

Dated: 12 May 2001



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Your chance to kick back

CAROLYN LECKIE is a health worker in Glasgow. Berlyne Hamilton is a black worker at Ford's Dagenham car plant. Ateeq Siddique is a community activist in Bradford. These are just three of the over 160 socialist candidates challenging the main parties at the election...


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We can still stop the tube privatisation

FEELINGS OF bewilderment and fury swept tube workers last week. Their strike was called off just hours before it was to begin. The RMT union suspended the 24-hour strike on Wednesday...

New Labour has betrayed us

THE RICH have nothing to fear from a Labour election victory. That was Tony Blair's main message as he launched his election campaign. He pledged not to raise the top rate of income tax...

Stop George W Bush

Over 600 people protested outside the US embassy last Saturday against George Bush's decision to condemn the planet to global warming...

Reform or revolution?

THE MAY Day protest in London last week forced sections of the media briefly to treat seriously the arguments of the anti-capitalist movement.

Campaign off with a bang

SHOPPERS on Erdington High Street in Birmingham last Saturday got their chance to throw a wet sponge at Tony Blair. A Socialist Alliance supporter wore a Tony Blair mask and was pelted with sponges...

Big mood for strike

MEDICAL SECRETARIES in Scotland are balloting for strike action to fight for better pay. Around 100 medical secretaries, and admin and clerical staff from UNISON branches across Scotland...

Scotland's socialist challenge to Labour

THE SCOTTISH Socialist Party (SSP) will be a powerful force in the general election. Socialist Worker spoke to Tommy Sheridan, the SSP's member of the Scottish Parliament, about the potential...

Police target anti-Nazis

THE POLICE ensured that the Nazi National Front (NF) was able to defy home secretary Jack Straw's ban on its march in Oldham last Saturday. Greater Manchester police deployed 500 police...

The Telegraph's May Day blues

THE DAILY Telegraph had a full page feature last Friday on the London May Day protest. It was not quite what you might have expected in the true blue Tory paper...

Militancy in the post

ALL 700 post office workers at the Greenford office in west London walked out unofficially last week when union rep Steve Botwright was suspended for refusing to take on extra work beyond his normal duties...

Steel workers

Workers from the Heavy Foundry and the IMF Foundry are fighting against �120 a week pay cuts. They voted to escalate their one and two day strikes to all-out action from next Wednesday...

Defection in Basildon

A LABOUR candidate for the local elections in Basildon, Essex, has joined the Socialist Alliance. Charlotte Armstrong is a lone parent and student who was selected to stand as Labour candidate...

Anarchist founder

LAST WEEK we looked at some of the earliest critics of capitalism, the utopian socialists Saint-Simon, Fourier and Owen. This week our occasional series continues by looking at the ideas of Mikhail Bakunin, one of the best known founders of anarchism...

100,000 on the way to Genoa

ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS are predicting that the demonstration outside the G8 summit of world leaders in Genoa in July will be at least 100,000 strong...

South West Trains

GUARDS ON South West Trains (SWT) brought over 1,600 services to a standstill with a 24-hour strike last week. SWT runs services into London's Waterloo station from Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset...

Racism fuels the debate on asylum

TONY BLAIR led up to his announcement of the election with a major article in the Times against asylum seekers...

Sparks fly

THE DUDLEY health strikers heard that the contract to transfer their jobs out of the NHS was signed over the bank holiday weekend...

Policing the 'have nots'

NIGEL CHAMBERLAIN is the national press officer of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Karl Grossman is professor of journalism at the State University of New York and has written widely on the US government's Son of Star Wars project. Socialist Worker spoke to both about why globalisation is leading to a renewed threat of war rather than the peaceful economic expansion defenders of capitalism predicted.

Students

Luton University expelled 206 students who had not paid their fees last week, and UWE sent letters to 2,400 students threatening them with expulsion...

Diary - Upcoming events

RECENT BATTLES in the post have revealed new tactics by both Royal Mail and the national CWU union officials. Activists need to organise to face a new challenge...

Dudley Group of Hospitals

THE DUDLEY health strikers heard that the contract to transfer their jobs out of the NHS was signed over the bank holiday weekend...

The madman in the White House launches crazy new nuke scheme

TONY BLAIR backs US president George W Bush's plan for a "Son of Star Wars" missile system. But he won't tell you himself. Blair's official spokesman, Alastair Campbell, let the truth slip last week ...

Dynamex are all out

SOME 108 TGWU union members are on all-out strike in north west Wales. Workers at the Dynamex Friction Dynamics (formerly Ferodo) plant began the official strike on 30 April...

No time to lose!

AS TONY Blair prepared to fire the starting gun for the general election campaign last week, socialist campaigners were already out of the blocks. Across Britain they are organising to ensure...

Action stations

THIS ELECTION will see the biggest left wing challenge to the mainstream parties since the Second World War. The Socialist Alliance in England and Wales, and the Scottish Socialist Party...

Postal workers

Over 600 people protested outside the US embassy last Saturday against George Bush's decision to condemn the planet to global warming...


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