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Dated: 01 Apr 2000



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March for Rover as devastation threatens across Midlands

March for Rover as devastation threatens across Midlands


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Justice for Christopher Alder

Justice for Christopher Alder

J18

ANGEL MAKOLY, a student, has been jailed for two years on violent disorder charges arising out of the J18 demonstration against capitalism in the City of London last summer.

Gearing up for Rover demo

THE ATMOSPHERE across the Midlands was electric this week as a groundswell of support erupted for Rover workers and the march to save their jobs.

Dark clouds

ALCHEMY announced its new chairman last week. It is Brandon Gough He is a fat cat who got �120,000 a year for a two day week as head of the privatised Yorkshire Water.

After the march step up the fight

The last week has been a turning point for many people. Never again will they feel secure in their job. A crazy market system is bringing more job losses, more poverty, more suffering and more despair...

Councils

HACKNEY councillors in east London called three vanloads of police last week to intimidate parents and young children lobbying a meeting over nursery cuts.

How safety cuts killed Simon Jones

THE FAMILY of a 24 year old student, Simon Jones, who was killed at work, won an important battle in the high court last week...

Strikes force out French Blunkett

STRIKES AND protests scored a major victory in France this week. Prime minister Lionel Jospin, who leads the French equivalent of the Labour Party in Britain, was forced to ditch two key cabinet minis

Victory in the air at Boeing

VLADIMIR PUTIN, the butcher of Chechnya, won the election for president of Russia on Sunday, and swiftly announced that his first foreign visit will be to see Tony Blair...

Socialists campaign in London elections

CAMPAIGNERS FOR the London Socialist Alliance (LSA) are mobilising people for the Greater London Assembly election on 4 May. The LSA is backing Ken Livingstone for mayor and is contesting all the seat...

Bus workers

STAGECOACH BUS workers across Ayrshire were on strike again on Monday

Unionist vote threatens hopes for peace

NORTHERN Ireland's Unionists have shown they are not prepared to make even the smallest concession to achieve peace.

Anti-deportation

A FAMILY of Roma Gypsies from the Czech Republic who have settled successfully in the north east of England are fighting their deportation.

Blunkett panics

EDUCATION secretary David Blunkett is panicking over his plan for performance related pay for teachers.

Homeless are chucked out

Homeless are chucked out

�800 an hour grabber

THE NEW Labour peer in charge of hunting down benefit fraud earns up to �800 an HOUR for his work as a barrister.

Poison in this fruit

THE FIRST time I saw the film A Clockwork Orange it was on a dodgy pirate video round a mate's house one drunken Friday night.

Colleges

LECTURERS AT Northumbria University launched a ban on marking last week in protest

Bankrolling the bigots

Brian Souter, the boss of Stagecoach, and his sister, Ann Gloag, are the richest people in Scotland, worth �565 million.

Stab in back

BOEING WORKERS in the US have won a brilliant victory after nearly six weeks on all-out strike. Nearly 20,000 white collar engineers and technicians at the giant airplane company marched back to work ...

Blair's friend put in

ters

More media lies on refugees

"FURY AS 'Refugee' Beasts Rape Girl". That was the Sun headline last week. It was the latest example of the media's lies designed to whip up hatred against refugees fleeing persecution."...

Furious in Brum

THE MOOD in the West Midlands round Saturday's march is electric...

New report slams Britain's spray happy police

The PCA says, "If CS spray is used at close range it may cause burns to the eyes and face." Every force in England and Wales except three uses CS spray....

Picket of the asset stripper Alchemy

"EVERYBODY realises that if they can get rid of Sarah they can get rid of anybody. You've got to protect your union rep. Now we need to get everyone else involved."

Water rats

ALCHEMY announced its new chairman last week. It is Brandon Gough He is a fat cat who got �120,000 a year for a two day week as head of the privatised Yorkshire Water.

Got you under my skin

gang

Thousands more face jobs axe

Ford plans massive job cuts to jack up profits despite the fact it has a "war chest" of �13 billion and is about to buy Land Rover for �2 billion.

NATO's bloody war

ABOUT 300 people attended a rally in central London on Friday of last week to commemorate the anniversary of the start of NATO's bombing of Serbia and Kosovo. The meeting was called by the Committee f...

Nationalisation-how it could work

NEW LABOUR says it is unable to stop the loss of 50,000 jobs in the West Midlands and the decimation of the car industry. But the government could do something. It could nationalise Rover...

Postal workers

AROUND 800 postal workers across Edinburgh were on unofficial strike on Tuesday.

Rover Longbridge closure threatens devastation

SOCIALIST WORKER reporter SAM ASHMAN and photographer JESS HURD travelled round Birmingham and the West Midlands talking to people about their reaction to the threat to Longbridge and why they are marching on Saturday.

Blair's reforms open up market in NHS

BROWN'S BUDGET will benefit the rich

Rail

THE train drivers' ASLEF union is threatening to ballot members who work on Eurotunnel. For years Eurotunnel has refused to recognise any trade unions...

Today's news is 'we're on strike'

AROUND 300 members of the NUJ and BECTU unions at STV and Grampian Television were set to strike on Wednesday against a pay freeze, wage cuts and redundancies.

Electricians

SOME 250 electricians at the Norfolk and Norwich PFI hospital site have been sacked after they struck unofficially. The workers walked out after the contractor, Crown House, cut travel allowances.

How we can fight for jobs and win

THE THREAT of mass redundancies at Rover and the spectre of economic devastation throughout the West Midlands has raised the question of how workers can fight mass closures...

Anti-Globalisation Network

AROUND 100 people attended a meeting called by the Anti-Globalisation Network last weekend to discuss building on the mood after Seattle.

In brief

ABOUT 300 people attended a rally in central London on Friday of last week to commemorate the anniversary of the start of NATO's bombing of Serbia and Kosovo. The meeting was called by the Committee f...

Police have a licence to kill

Sheena was badly injured when a Metropolitan police van ploughed into her in February last year. She was in a coma for three days, in hospital for nine weeks and suffered serious brain injuries...

On strike for jobs?

WORKERS AT Goss Graphic Systems in Preston have voted for industrial action to stop job losses.

Students

AROUND 300 students marched on the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff last week...

Solidly behind Sarah

"EVERYBODY realises that if they can get rid of Sarah they can get rid of anybody. You've got to protect your union rep. Now we need to get everyone else involved."

Fight to free Cambridge Two

Their crime was to have run a centre, Winter Comfort, at which it was alleged that drug dealing had taken place. At no point was it alleged that Ruth and John had been dealing in drugs themselves, but...

Don't leave the pound to the bankers

MUCH OF the media proclaimed last week's budget as a triumph...

Obituary

SALFORD Socialist Workers Party comrades were shocked and saddened by the premature death of Gary Jeffrey recently...

Blair's fat cat failures

AS TONY Blair threatens to send in private businessmen to run hospitals, look at the record of those thrusting entrepreneurs who Blair has favoured in the past.

Preview

THE DEFIANT ONES (1.45pm, Fri, C4). Great film from the 1950s about two escaped prisoners starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier. Curtis's character is forced to confront his racism to flee the chain


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