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Issue: 1696

Dated: 13 May 2000



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They are playing roulette with our lives

THIS NEW Labour government is pushing through the insane privatisation of air traffic control. They have broken their pre-election promise that "our air is not for sale".


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Sanctions campaign

A HUGE row has broken out amongst the leadership of the civil servants' PCS union on the eve of its national conference...

Time for change

FOLLOWING THE successful election campaign of the London Socialist Alliance there is a major reorganisation of the Socialist Workers Party in London...

NHS

STUDENT NURSES in London are stepping up their campaign against poverty wages...

The May Day arguments

I MISSED the May Day protests in London, but I should declare an interest in them. As a student at Oxford in the early 1970s I was suspended for a year for my part in spray-painting Balliol College ...

World turned upside down

WE ARE told that capitalism is the only way to run the world. But the society we live in today is a product of revolutionary changes that began only about 200 years ago.

Why don't they listen to voters' voice?

DEPUTY PRIME minister John Prescott has brushed aside last week's message from London voters and is determined to push through tube...

A bitter mood against Labour

DELEGATES TO the annual conference of the MSF union in Harrogate poured out their feelings of bitterness with New Labour last weekend...

Housing

OVER 100 contract workers at the Sellafield nuclear plant struck for the second week running on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. The AEEU union members intend to continue with lightning picketing...

Legalise cannabis

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JOBS CRISIS... JOBS CRISIS... JOBS CRISIS... JOBS CRISIS...

WORKERS AT Kvaerner Energy in Clydebank began a work-in this week after a mass meeting on Monday morning. Shopfloor workers decided enough was enough and locked managers out...

Press and politicians attack London may day protest

THE MEDIA are projecting Winston Churchill as a beloved leader who won World War Two single handedly...

Nazis boosted by Hague's race rant

"IT'S FRIGHTENING. I'm already looking over my shoulder. But I like living here. I don't see why any narrow-minded, bigoted Nazi should drive me out." So said Janet, a black woman...

BECTU

THE ANNUAL conference of the broadcasting and media union BECTU took place last weekend. Disaffection with the Labour Party was more obvious than ever before...

Fresh Start fails

THE government's "Fresh Start" initiative for so called "failing" schools was dealt another blow this week...

Foframe

MEMBERS OF the GMB union are on all-out strike at Foframe in Huntingdon

Buses

SOME 65 people attended a Defend Council Housing campaign conference in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on Saturday of last week...

Noam Chomsky speaks to Socialist Worker on Globalising resistance to corporate power

NOAM CHOMSKY is one of the most well known writers and anti-imperialist campaigners in the US today. He has written on many subjects, including the role of the media and NATO's war in Kosovo....

Civil servants

SOME 15,000 people marched in south London on Saturday to call for the legalisation of cannabis. There was a carnival atmosphere, with music and dancing in the streets...

Popular revolt against market

MASS PROTESTS and strikes hit Brazil, Latin America's largest economy, two weeks ago. Further north in Latin America the capital of Guatemala was swept by riots and street protests...

Blair's Britain

THE government's "Fresh Start" initiative for so called "failing" schools was dealt another blow this week...

They'd sell their granny for profit

DEPUTY PRIME minister John Prescott tried desperately to defend the privatisation of air traffic control at the MSF union conference on Monday. But his speech was met with stony faces...

Dangerous cop drivers

A HANDCUFFED man whose neck was broken when police took him on a "rollercoaster" drive in the back of a police van is suing Kent police for damages...

Sellafield

OVER 500 people attended a conference in central London against sanctions on Iraq on Saturday of last week...

Pensions still a scandal

THE government claims it is giving new help to pensioners this week. It is a lie. The "new" tax credit scheme it announced is a rehash of one already signalled in the budget...

Government bows to business

THE government has handed hundreds of millions of pounds to multinational corporations by allowing them to continue fiddling their tax...


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