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Issue: 1726

Dated: 09 Dec 2000



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Railtrack tells safety workers to cut corners

RAIL MAINTENANCE workers have told Socialist Worker that faulty rails are being ignored or "patched up" even as Railtrack lifts speed restrictions imposed in the aftermath of the Hatfield crash...


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Fullarton

OVER 500 workers from Fullarton held a mass meeting last week to discuss how to respond to the sacking of all 800 workers...

BBC

WORKERS FROM the London Operations unit of the BBC staged a 24-hour strike last weekend...

An answer to media myths about Peckham

THE TRAGIC killing of ten year old Damilola Taylor in Peckham, south London, has seen the media go into overdrive with a series of claims and arguments about the killing and the area where it happened...

Mass protests at repression

OVER 130 political prisoners in Turkey were nearing death as they continued their hunger strike at the beginning of this week...

'Too little too late'

DR STUART Withington from the Royal London Hospital this week gave a devastating response to Tony Blair's plans to deal with the NHS winter crisis...

Anti-Nazi

WITH ONLY 24 hours notice, 100 anti-racists gathered outside the Cock Tavern in Somers Town, north London, last week to prevent the Nazi National Front shutting the pub down

Police get licence to kill

IN A shocking judgement on Monday the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced there was "insufficient evidence" to charge...

Planes to be grounded?

WORKERS AT Luton airport have voted by two to one for strike action which could halt the airport in the run-up to Christmas...

Higher education

That feeling was intensified when staff heard that employers at the University of North London were threatening to lock out staff who participated in the action...

Blair's Britain

UNACCOUNTABLE quangos have become even more central to government under Labour than they were under the Tories..

Scottish councils

DELEGATES from UNISON branches across Scottish councils agreed to double the number of workers on strike over pay on Monday....

British Gypsum

HUNDREDS OF workers at British Gypsum's plasterboard sites, gypsum mines and quarries are in the fourth week of a programme of one-day official strikes over pay...

Glasgow not for sale

AROUND 400 trade unionists and tenants came together last Saturday in Glasgow to demonstrate against the council's plans to privatise its housing...

Lives are put at risk

THE GOVERNMENT currently spends �80 million a year on the NHS Direct scheme. Its effect is to deter people from getting treatment...

Stop privatisation

THE FIGHT is continuing against privatisation, cuts and job losses pushed through by Hackney council in east London...

In brief

POST OFFICE counter staff in Greater London and the Home Counties area have voted in favour of industrial action by a majority of four to one...

Socialist victory shakes up union

THE VICTORY of a socialist candidate in the election for general secretary of Britain's fifth biggest trade union will send shockwaves through the labour movement...

Miss World and sexism

THE PROTESTS outside the Miss World contest at the Dome last week highlighted a debate over sexism. The Miss World contest is not harmless fun. It is a celebration of sexism...

Police block justice fight

THE TELFORD McGowan family are in a new battle for justice, this time with the coroner who is to preside over the inquest into the death of Errol McGowan...

Why no campaign?

THE FOURTH Queen's Speech under the New Labour government was set to take place this week. Three issues dominated the political debate-crime, tax and Europe...

Two home for Xmas

THE TWO Cambridge charity workers who were jailed at the end of last year are not going back to prison...

Student nurses win victory

AFTER JUST 20 days of campaigning to keep our home open, the residents at St Andrew's nurses' home in east London have achieved an unprecedented success!..

'Sexists go home!'

AROUND 250 mainly student women and men demonstrated against the Miss World contest at the Millennium Dome on Thursday of last week...

System let murderers walk free

A CASE of institutional racism on the scale of the Stephen Lawrence case is rocking the Scottish establishment. Crown prosecutors last week failed for the second time in two years to convict anyone...

AIDS and HIV

AN INDIAN company, Cipla, produces essential drugs at one twentieth to one fiftieth the price paid in the US...

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What Santa has for you

STUCK FOR ideas for Christmas presents? Worry no more! Inside the System has found the perfect solution in the Christmas special of the Financial Times How to Spend It magazine.

Will Brown's plan stop the suffering?

CHANCELLOR GORDON Brown was showered with praise last weekend for his new initiative on debt. Instead he should be criticised for continuing to be at the centre of the countries which are bleeding...

How Israel has murdered peace

THE NEW explosion of violence between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters has sent shockwaves around the world...

Refugees

THREE schoolchildren in Manchester face deportation back to China, but their headteachers are backing their fight to stay in the country...

The corporations that run the European Union

THOUSANDS OF trade unionists and anti-capitalist campaigners were set to demonstrate at the European Union (EU) summit in Nice, southern France, this week...

Otpor! tour

OVER 200 people attended a meeting in central London on Thursday of last week in solidarity with the revolution in Serbia...

Old in need

SCOTTISH pensioners are living in damp, squalid homes and dying early because of lack of money and care...


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