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Issue: 1691

Dated: 08 Apr 2000



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100,000 on Birmingham jobs march

THIS WAS the angry scene last Saturday as up to 100,000 people marched through Birmingham.


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Rolls Royce

AROUND 40 shop stewards and convenors, representing manual workers at all Rolls Royce aerospace factories, met in Glasgow last weekend to discuss stepping up the fight against compulsory redundancies...

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Green paper plans mass privatisation

LEADERS OF the world's most powerful countries and multinational institutions are breaking their promises of even minimal debt relief to Third World countries...

Dying because of debt, not drought

NEARLY 16 million people urgently need food aid in drought-stricken east Africa, and the threat of mass starvation is severe...

Mines explode

THE BIGGEST workers' protest for several years shook China several weeks ago, according to reports that are only just emerging from the country. Some 20,000 miners rioted and attacked government build

Nursing revolution

"I THOUGHT they were meant to have abolished slavery, but that is practically the state we are in." That was the angry comment of student nurse

'We made it, so it's ours'

HAVE YOU ever wondered how it is we learn that two completely opposite things are both true?

Drugs and the law

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Colour and whitewash

REVIEWERS have heaped praise on Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth. This young black novelist charts a changing Britain through the lives and pasts of a group of west Londoners.

Nursery cuts

AROUND 30 parents and children took over the reception area at Hackney town hall, east London, on Monday

Barclays bosses make money from sacking

ANOTHER SCANDAL has hit British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL), owner of the crisis-ridden Sellafield nuclear plant.

Bloody Sunday inquiry: murder exposed

THE PUBLIC inquiry into Bloody Sunday opened last week...

Rail workers

THE DISPUTE over sacked London rail driver Sarah Friday is set to spread...

A message in a brick

SACKED STAFF at Ibstock Bricks have won Inside the System's Bolshy Workers of the Week award...

Pensions up 1 percent, council tax up 6 percent

NEARLY 16 million people urgently need food aid in drought-stricken east Africa, and the threat of mass starvation is severe...

Four weeks to shake London

Londoners have the chance to vote Ken Livingstone for mayor and London Socialist Alliance candidates for the assembly...

The great jobs revolt

Tens of thousands of people from every working class community in the West Midlands flowed through the streets, bitter and angry at the jobs massacre looming over the area...

Things they say

SACKED STAFF at Ibstock Bricks have won Inside the System's Bolshy Workers of the Week award...

The nuclear flasks that could explode

If the plans go ahead, the next decade will see all remaining council homes transferred to landlords operating as businesses.

Union leaders offer nothing

THE DEMONSTRATION last Saturday was a fantastic show of solidarity. Up to 100,000 ordinary working class families and trade unionists marched through Birmingham...

Make a stand for refugees

THE NEW Labour government, urged on by the Tory press, rolled out harsh measures this week in its Asylum and Immigration Act...

Don't waste a new chance to build left

THE demonstration in Birmingham last weekend was the biggest workers' protest since the marches against pit closures in 1992...

Blair's Britain

LONG working hours for parents cause stress-related health problems among their children...

Ford

THE FORD motor company is facing a second serious industrial tribunal over racism...

Mugabe desperate to cling to power

Neither description gives the whole truth. Mugabe has raised the land issue in a desperate attempt to hang on to power after 20 years at the top. He is in real trouble...

Teachers

THE NATIONAL Union of Teachers took legal action against a new aspect of the government's performance related pay scheme this week...

Multinationals bring hunger

Neither extreme is necessary. Food production is left to giant corporations which put profit before health...

French strikers

RECENTLY I was in Paris on an exchange with some students. The first morning we found ourselves in the middle of a teachers' meeting to discuss strike action and building for a one day national strike...

Grangemouth

UP TO 2,000 manual construction workers at the Grangemouth Petrochemical complex, 20 miles west of Edinburgh, walked out on strike on Tuesday of last week.

Debt pledge broken

LONG working hours for parents cause stress-related health problems among their children...

There is a population problem

THE PRESS have been whipping up hysteria against immigrants "swamping" Britain in recent weeks. But a United Nations report has exposed that the real population crisis is the very opposite of that por

Pilkington

With the present uncertainty over Rover and Land Rover, Pilks workers are concerned about the general fate of their industry and the particular manoeuvres of their bosses.

Bad news day for management at SMG

ABOUT 300 media workers in the journalists' NUJ union and the technicians' BECTU union at STV and Grampian Television struck on Wednesday of last week...

Journey through hatred

REVIEWERS have heaped praise on Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth. This young black novelist charts a changing Britain through the lives and pasts of a group of west Londoners.

Well done, Brum

Socialist Worker sellers in the West Midlands reacted brilliantly last week in the build-up to Saturday's magnificent demonstration. Each day they were out leafleting and petitioning outside workplace

Bus workers

BUS AND rail workers in Ireland paralysed transport in the capital, Dublin, last week...

Titles for Tories and fat cats

TWO BARCLAYS Bank bosses were paid more than �3 million between them last year. Chairman Sir Peter Middleton's salary has QUADRUPLED to �1.76 million. That included salary and fees of �947,000...

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

THE STRIKE by electricians at the Norfolk and Norwich PFI hospital site has ended.


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