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Issue: 1739

Dated: 17 Mar 2001



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Means test robs 1.3 million of benefits

NEW LABOUR has launched a vindictive advertising campaign, costing �4.5 million, to "target benefit fraud". Yet it does virtually nothing about the scandal that a quarter of people who should receive key benefits do not get them...


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Former MEP defends Socialist Alliance

KEN COATES was a Labour member of the European Parliament. In 1998 he was expelled for speaking out against the government's right wing policies...

Unions raise white flag

A DEAL over General Motors' (GM) plans to close its Vauxhall plant in Luton was hailed this week in local papers and radio for saving hundreds of jobs...

Corporations on defensive

INTERNATIONAL drug companies are being forced to account for their actions-for once. At Yale University, one of the most elite colleges in the US...

Team Valley Brush

ALL 120 members of the GMB union at the Team Valley Brush company have entered their second week of indefinite strike action at Swalwell in Gateshead...

Colleges

BARNET College: Some 200 lecturers across five campuses in north London staged a 24-hour walkout on Thursday of last week...

5 million driven below breadline

OVER FIVE million people are still living in "absolute poverty"-more commonly associated with the Third World-in Tony Blair's Britain. And the number is rising...

Ballot result just striking

TUBE WORKERS in London returned a magnificent 11 to one vote for strike action last week. Members of the RMT rail union gave a slap in the face to the high court...

Ealing homes victory

THE WHOLESALE privatisation of Ealing council's 19,000 homes is off. Suddenly money, which was not on the horizon early last year, has come from the government...

Socialist Alliance

OVER 350 members of the Socialist Alliance met in Birmingham last weekend to discuss the policies it will fight the general election on...

Privateers hold on to rail

THE STRATEGIC Rail Authority, which is meant to oversee the rail industry, published its long-delayed agenda for the railway on Tuesday of this week...

Willerby Holiday Homes

The bosses at Willerby Holiday Homes want to introduce casual 12-week contracts to get around the very limited employment protection laws New Labour has introduced...

Long Products

SIX WORKERS at Long Products in Rye, Sussex, are fighting for reinstatement after they were sacked when they tried to form a union. The six joined the TGWU union to fight for better working condition...

Stop them playing the race card

THE WHOLESALE privatisation of Ealing council's 19,000 homes is off. Suddenly money, which was not on the horizon early last year, has come from the government...

SPARKS FLY

THE RAIL unions have called a national day of action on rail safety on Thursday 29 March-the same day as the next planned strike on London's tube...

Post

ALMOST 1,000 postal workers in Watford struck officially over three days last week as part of their continuing action against cuts in breaks and new shift patterns...

Anti-Nazi

Anti-Nazi

Civil servants

AT THE entrance of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) headquarters the press gather to report on the crisis of foot and mouth disease...

News of the world

THOUSANDS OF workers blocked the heart of the key Chinese city of Shanghai for two days last week. Workers from Shanghai's Zhengtai rubber factory blocked streets on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week...

US bombs wrong target: they talk of safe haven

A US bombing raid killed six military observers near the Iraqi border on Monday of this week after a plane missed its target during a routine training mission...

Mass walkout wins

OVER 1,000 workers walked out of GEC Marconi's plant in Wavertree, Liverpool, on Friday of last week after management suspended six workers...

Socialist Alliances

SOCIALIST Alliance supporters in Oxford picketed a �65 a head dinner where business people rubbed shoulders with top Labour MPs last week...

Israel

ARIEL SHARON, war criminal and new prime minister of Israel, stepped up the persecution of the Palestinians as his new government took office last week...

Tories hit pinnacle

LAST WEEK went well for Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. In an important breakthrough, he succeeded in replacing the white chief justice with a reliable political ally...

Councils

"THEY HAVE divided the unions at the level of the officials, but the rank and file are more united than ever,"

The diary of a candidate

KAREN REISSMANN, a health worker, is standing in Manchester's Blackley constituency for the Socialist Alliance. Here is her diary for the week of 2-8 March....

NHS

ABOUT 30 people attended a meeting to protest at rent rises in UCLH hospitals trust nurses' homes on Monday. The rises will take rents to �260 a month...

Zapatistas

THE ZAPATISTAS marched into Mexico City on Sunday after travelling from the southern state of Chiapas and holding solidarity r...

Do us a favour

NEW LABOUR persecutes people fleeing war and poverty across the world who end up as refugees in Britain. But it bends over backwards to do favours for the rich, arms dealers and corrupt businessmen...

Asylum rights

SIX WORKERS at Long Products in Rye, Sussex, are fighting for reinstatement after they were sacked when they tried to form a union. The six joined the TGWU union to fight for better working condition...

Diary Upcoming events

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON: Staff and students face a �2.9 million cuts package. This comes only a year after the opening of the expensive Docklands campus...

The budget fails on childcare

"ON BUDGET day Gordon Brown said he was giving loads of help to families. And what he did will mean a few pounds extra for me..."

Round-up

Round-up

Universities

UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON: Staff and students face a �2.9 million cuts package. This comes only a year after the opening of the expensive Docklands campus...

Going on strike

LONDON Undergound workers made front page news in London last week because they voted overwhelmingly to strike...

Why Mugabe is still smiling

LAST WEEK went well for Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. In an important breakthrough, he succeeded in replacing the white chief justice with a reliable political ally...

Teachers defy bully Blunkett

EDUCATION secretary David Blunkett is trying to bully and threaten teachers who began industrial action this week to end the scandal of teacher shortages...

did things get better?

THOUSANDS OF former shipyard workers are to get just 5 percent of the compensation they are owed for exposure to deadly asbestos...

Buses

BUS WORKERS in Norwich took unofficial action last Saturday over traffic congestion caused by the opening of a new shopping centre...

Brown's budget

GORDON BROWN'S budget last week was hailed by papers from the Sun to the Guardian. They celebrated his "help for families" and declared that "everyone's a winner"...

121 days- still fighting

DUDLEY HEALTH workers began another three-week strike on Monday in their fight against NHS privatisation...

Fighting for justice

"THESE PEOPLE know nothing about justice! They are racist to the core and the rot goes all the way to the top, and it's got to stop!"...


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