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Issue: 1719

Dated: 21 Oct 2000



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Stop these disasters

FOUR KILLED. Thirty injured. Another 80 "walking wounded". A train's twisted and wrecked carriages strewn across the track. Yet another fatal crash on Britain's privatised railways...


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Pensioners 'poor, trapped, isolated'

MOST PENSIONERS' lives have not improved under New Labour. More than a million elderly people feel trapped at home and can go for weeks without speaking to anyone, according to a survey...

Stop Kent Nazis

THE NAZI National Front has called a picket of a refugee hostel in Thanet, near Margate in Kent, this weekend in an attempt to whip up more hatred in the town...

Corporate censors

SPECIALISTS IN infant feeding have accused the World Health Organisation (WHO) of putting its relationships with corporate sponsors before public health. They claim they were not allowed to discuss a...

America's problem in Middle East

Then Egypt and other Arab states launched a surprise attack on Israel on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Meanwhile the Arab oil producers used the crisis to push up the price of oil...

Help us raise �200,000 - to build the fight against capitalism

OVER THE last week you have sent in over �14,849 for our appeal...

'Tsar' Casey's new outrage

NEW LABOUR "Homelessness Tsar" Louise Casey is threatening to cut funding to any homeless charity which doesn't back the government's campaign to urge people not to give money to street beggars...

16,000 say no to corporate greed

Some 16,000 people packed a rally for US Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader..

Rail

MERSEYRAIL GUARDS have voted to strike over workplace safety. Guards are angry that management is not doing enough to protect them against violent rail users...

Right wing wants to cover up racism

A NEW report on racism has sent the right wing press into an absolute frenzy. The press picked out one passage in the 400-page report..

Occupy to stop factory closure

TRADE AND industry secretary Stephen Byers has referred the takeover of the Biwater pipe factory in Clay Cross back to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The OFT originally gave the go ahead...

Rexam glass

AROUND 800 workers at Rexam Glass, in Barnsley struck for a day last week over pay. The workers, members of the TGWU and AEEU unions, are demanding a 5 percent rise...

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Striking Greeks

THE BIGGEST general strike in Greece for eight years brought private and public sector workplaces grinding to a halt on Tuesday..

BT

BT workers in London could be set to ballot for action...

FloPlast

MANAGEMENT AT the FloPlast factory in Kent have agreed to talks over union recognition. The move comes after workers staged three one-day strikes demanding their GPMU union is recognised...

Palestine revolt at injustice

TALKS over the Middle East taking place in Egypt produced a fragile deal as Socialist Worker went to press. But any "peace" that does not address the grave injustice Palestinians have suffered will be...

When the police terrorised miners

THE EXCELLENT new film Billy Elliot is set against the background of the 1984-5 miners' strike. The year long strike was one of the greatest ever working class struggles, and a turning point in recent...

Civil servants

THE FIRST stage of the election for general secretaryship of the civil servants' PCS union was to finish at the end of this week...

Which way for the Serbian revolution?

WHAT NEXT for the revolution in Serbia? Milosevic has been forced out, but the battle about the future of the country is still raging...

Defend council housing

ENGLAND'S BIGGEST council landlord is in turmoil over plans to privatise all its 90,000 homes...

Winter strikes early in NHS

THE CRISIS in the health service is hitting hard this October-three months before the peak mid-winter period. More than 15 percent of nurses' positions in London are vacant ...

Defend refugees-fight racism

THE COMMITTEE to Defend Asylum Seekers national meeting last Sunday agreed to heighten pressure on the government's asylum seekers policies, particularly its voucher system...

War, peace and anti-capitalism

THE HIDDEN hand of the market will never work without the hidden fist. McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas...

Nothing to lose but your stress

GLOBALISATION AND free market economic policies are uniting the workers of the world-with stress. A new report by the International Labour Organisation says..

Wealthy few wrecking lives

CHEVRON AND Texaco, the second and third largest oil companies in the US, announced a $43 billion merger plan this week...


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