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Issue: 1742

Dated: 07 Apr 2001



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Pharmaceutical companies to meet in London

"THE GOVERNMENT is capitulating to big business." That's the verdict of Sophia Tickell of the Oxfam charity on Tony Blair's latest move on behalf of giant multinational corporations...


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'Nothing's changed for my patients'

KAMBIZ BOOMLA has worked as a GP in Poplar, east London, since 1982 and is chair of the east London GPs' Local Medical Committee...

Big step towards 35 hours

UNISON UNION members in Knowsley, Merseyside, have won a victory which will inspire all council workers facing attacks...

Can we unite with the right?

THE INTERNATIONAL movement against global capitalism continues to grow. Last weekend I took part in "Anti-Capitalist Days" in Oslo organised by the Norwegian International Socialists...

All aboard for the campaign

SOCIALIST Alliance supporters have been out getting support around Britain over the past week. In MANCHESTER around 140 people attended a Socialist Alliance rally on Wednesday of last week...

Jail threat to asylum campaigner

"I KNOW I could face jail for supporting asylum seekers. But this is about standing up for people's human rights."...

Protest criminalised

SOME 200 police raided a disused factory in south London last weekend in an effort to whip up hysteria about anti-capitalist demonstrations planned for May Day...

Socialist Alliance rallies

TUBE WORKERS defied the anti-union laws and struck a blow against privatisation last week. Their second strike brought London Underground to a halt. Management admitted that not a single tube train ...

'Proud we went all out and won'

VICTORIOUS STRIKERS at Team Valley Brush in Gateshead went back to work on Monday demonstrating how they had won-by sticking together in solidarity...

'It's worse than Tories'

WORKERS IN Remploy from across the country joined a march in central London last Saturday demanding rights for disabled people. Remploy workers succeeded in stopping the government-aided company from ...

Republicans on the offensive

THE CAMPAIGN for Nuclear Disarmament has called a demonstration at 10 Downing Street in a week's time. It will demand that the British government does not cooperate...

Socialists and the Greens

"BRITAIN under Labour is more unequal. The rich have become richer, the poor poorer. We demand higher taxes for top earners. We demand economic justice."...

20 years after Brixton riots

THE FLAMES rose above Brixton, home to one of the largest black communities in London, for two nights on 10-11 April 1981. Police struggled to crush the uprising against their own racist brutality...

Betrayed by the union

STRIKING caravan workers in Hull returned to work last week. The 500 workers were in their second week of all-out strike action against temporary contracts...

Blair's fear over poll

SO THE tedious speculation about whether the election will be delayed has ended. But will the really important issues now get a hearing above the din surrounding foot and mouth?...

City firms joined in Maxwell's swindling

THE OFFICIAL report into Robert Maxwell's massive fraud shows that almost every top City firm was involved in covering up for his theft. The "respectable" bankers and financiers watched as Maxwell...

Education

OVER 140 further education lecturers in the EIS lecturers' union walked out of Stevenson College, Edinburgh, on Tuesday of last week on a half-day unofficial strike...

Diary-Upcoming events

A LARGE section of last week's National Union of Students conference in Blackpool was determined to push for a genuine fightback in the colleges...

Students in political mood

A LARGE section of last week's National Union of Students conference in Blackpool was determined to push for a genuine fightback in the colleges...

Sacked over an e-mail

OVER 100 engineers working for London United, which operates bus services in south west London, went on official strike on Friday of last week against the sacking of two workers...

Corus con

CORUS STEEL bosses offered hope last week to workers they have earmarked for job cuts, then brutally tore away that hope the same day...

In brief

DELEGATES to UNISON health conference last week voted unanimously to abandon the union's failed "twin track approach" of piecemeal opposition PFI in the health service...

Postal workers

ABOUT 200 people came to a public meeting last week to build the campaign to keep NDO postal sorting office open...

1,000 make stand against Nazis

THE NATIONAL Front was routed in Oldham last Saturday after 1,000 people attended an anti-racist rally...

Five day fight

COUNCIL WORKERS in Hackney, east London, in the UNISON union are voting on a five-day strike from Monday 30 April. A 600-strong mass meeting on Monday backed the strikes...

New forces join left's challenge

TONY BLAIR has put the general election on hold until 7 June, but the socialist campaign is steaming ahead. The campaign is winning support from people who have long been loyal to Labour...

Sparks fly

OVER 1,000 anti-Nazi campaigners marched through Oldham last Saturday in a defiant show of black and white unity against the Nazi National Front...

Taking on privateers

OVER 200 trade unionists met in London last weekend to discuss fighting the government's privatisation plans under PFI and PPP schemes...

Not a high point in drugs debate

THE MARCH in Scotland over drugs which has been pushed by the Daily Record went ahead last Sunday. The newspaper has been running a vicious campaign against socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan...

UNISON health conference

DELEGATES to UNISON health conference last week voted unanimously to abandon the union's failed "twin track approach" of piecemeal opposition PFI in the health service...

Govanhill Pool

THE OCCUPATION of Govanhill Pool in Glasgow is gathering momentum. Activists have occupied the pool for two weeks against its threatened closure...

NUJ conference

"OUR TIME has come." That was how NUJ union president Dave Toomer summed up the launch of the Socialist Alliance at the union's annual conference...

And they want our sympathy?

FOR A sense of opinion among at least a section of the country folk who are demanding our money to compensate for foot and mouth, get on the web...

Anti-nuclear

And 450 people packed a meeting called by the Environment Agency as part of a three-month public consultation...

'Tremendous support from public' says striker

TUBE WORKERS defied the anti-union laws and struck a blow against privatisation last week. Their second strike brought London Underground to a halt. Management admitted that not a single tube train ...

Number of millionaires has doubled under New Labour

THINGS have certainly got better for some under New Labour. The number of millionaires in Britain has more than doubled in the last five years.In 1995 there were 33,063 millionaires. By last year that...


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