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Issue: 1701

Dated: 17 Jun 2000



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Nightmare of a Tory revival

ANN WIDDECOMBE as home secretary. Michael Portillo in charge of public spending. William Hague as prime minister. This is the nightmarish spectre...


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Workers took back a little bit of control

THE RECENT introduction of trade union rights at last gives everyone the opportunity to be represented collectively in their workplace. Although our rights still remain limited...

Workers slam greedy bosses

FURY AT job losses erupted in South Wales last week. Workers broke windows at the 1st Line offices in Swansea in anger at the way they have been treated...

Europe's biggest anti-capitalist conference

MANY PEOPLE across the world are looking for an alternative to the rotten system we live in. Marxism 2000 brings together thousands of campaigners, trade unionists, students and others to debate...

So is it time to make a break from New Labour

TWO WEEKS ago there was a conference which should have shaken New Labour's leaders to their roots-and it wasn't the Women's Institute...

Price rises spark anger

A GENERAL strike in Nigeria, Africa's most heavily populated country, has rocked the government and its international backers. The strike began on Thursday of last week...

Mobilising for refugees

AROUND 80 people attended a meeting in Brighton last week in support of refugees...

Ruth speaks from prison

JOHN BROCK and Ruth Wyner, two Cambridge charity workers, have been in prison six months this Saturday. They were jailed for four and five years respectively because, unbeknown to them...

Mass anger against pay cuts

PUBLIC SECTOR unions in Germany were locked in talks with the government over possible pay strikes as Socialist Worker went to press. The unions represent over three million workers...

What are the multinationals?

GIANT global corporations have quite rightly become the targets of anti-capitalist protesters...

Labour wears left face in Tottenham

THE BATTLE for the parliamentary seat held by black Labour MP Bernie Grant, who died earlier this year, has entered its final week. The by-election in Tottenham, north London, takes place next...

Why not make the rich pay?

THE GOVERNMENT responded with derision to a sensible and modest proposal from the public sector workers' UNISON union this week. The union called for income tax to be raised to 50 percent on earnings ...

Revolt against 'neo-liberalism'

A SINGLE horse and cart was the only transport moving in La Plata, Argentina, on Friday of last week as the country was almost completely paralysed by a general strike...

Child poverty flourishes here

MILLIONS OF youngsters in Britain are trapped in conditions that are amongst the worst in Europe and the industrialised world. That is the message of a new United Nations (UN) report...

'We're treated like slaves'

AT TEN o'clock last Sunday morning a group of Asian workers secretly gathered at Amersham Common village hall, 35 miles west of London. The workers at Wells Hinton Plastics...

Souter's day for bigotry

NEW LABOUR is using the excuse of "driving hooligans out of British football" to force through attacks on civil liberties. Alistair Darling, the social security secretary, wants to rob fans of their ...

Football's sweated profits

BEHIND TWO of the biggest sponsors of the Euro 2000 football tournament-Nike and Adidas-are workers slaving away in sweatshops to produce the goods which are sold on at inflated prices...

No fun for the fat cats

LIFE IS very lonely at the top. So much so that the bosses' Financial Times ran an advice column last week for friendless fat cats. A professor from the London Business School wrote the column...

Steel and cars

23 COPIES of Socialist Worker were sold last week outside Llanwern steelworks in South Wales. 15 papers were sold at Longbridge car plant, 5 at each of Camford Pressings in Llanelli...

Cubie says Labour has barred students

WHO IS responsible for elitism in education? A withering answer to that question was provided by lawyer Andrew Cubie, the man the Scottish Executive put in charge of its report into student finance

Populism and chasing votes

WILLIAM Hague has a conscious political strategy to rebuild his party's fortunes. When he first took over he tried to gain votes by appearing "liberal" and as a "man of the people"...

Going the Major way

I DON'T think I ever expected to have warm feelings about the Women's Institute. It was worth a lot just to watch Tony Blair's face freeze into that idiotic fixed grin as he realised just how badly...

Changes the NHS really needs

NEW LABOUR says it is going to change the way NHS consultants behave. This week a second consultant gynaecologist, Richard Neale, was accused of botching operations. This follows the report...

What is Hague up to?

TORY LEADER William Hague has transformed himself in the eyes of the press and political commentators over recent weeks. Just a few months ago Hague was treated as a joke figure...

Euro row ignores the real problems

PICTURES OF William Hague's campaign to save the pound were splashed across newspapers last week. It has reopened the old debate over the single European currency. But the argument is a diversion...


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