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Issue: 1684

Dated: 19 Feb 2000

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How can anyone say 'no room for refugees'

THE NUMBER of empty homes in Britain has leapt to 772,300 in the last year, according to a survey by the Empty Homes Agency released this week.

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Can consumer boycotts work?

WHY SHOULD we give our money over to line the pockets of vicious multinationals?...

Building protest

Building protest

Blunkett-keep off the grass

NEW LABOUR has sold off over 100 playing fields in the last 15 months. This is despite its manifesto commitment to "end the policy of selling playing fields"....

Straw's deal with dictator

THE SPANISH independent newspaper El Pais carried a story on 3 January entitled "The Unpublished Straw-Pinochet Letters".

Blair's Britain

NEW LABOUR is retreating on its pledge to have free entry to all museums and art galleries.

Why should we pay?'

"FEES ARE wrong. Education should be a right. We shouldn't have to pay all this money over to the government, the loans company and the banks."

Freedom Party comes to office in Austria

FASCISTS ARE more than simply nasty right wing politicians who scapegoat minorities and preach nationalism...

Much too little, much too late

NEW LABOUR has been forced into a retreat over the minimum wage in a desperate attempt to head off a rebellion from its backbench MPs...


A VIGOROUS campaign by student nurses at Greenwich Hospital in south London has forced health authority bosses to delay the closure of their nurses' home.

Wave of protest against Haider

THE AUSTRIAN capital, Vienna, should see its biggest demonstration for decades this Saturday ...

United Utilities

"THEY'RE sacrificing workers just to make money." That was the comment of Peter Jones, one of 250 North West Water workers who joined a march in Manchester last Saturday...

Who are biggest bullies at work?

A QUARTER of all workers in Britain have been bullied at work, and the bullies are overwhelmingly not fellow workers but managers...

Teachers protest at New Labour

"PEOPLE ARE being managed, not represented, in every area of their lives. We are all sick of being managed in the interests of capitalism."...

Arms sales fury

SOME 87 percent of people in Britain want stronger government controls on arms sales according to a recent Gallup poll...

Around the globe

OVER 10,000 engineers and technical workers at the Boeing aerospace company in the US began an indefinite strike on Wednesday of last week.

Whipping up hatred against the persecuted

THE OWNERS of the tabloid press unleashed a stream of hatred last week. Their targets were the 144 people from Afghanistan...

A class game of two halves

REMEMBER GORDON Brown and Tony Blair attempting to boost their working class credentials by watching the European Cup?...

Race riots met by strike

IMMIGRANT WORKERS in the south east of Spain won a wide range of improvements in their living conditions, legal status and wage rates after coming out on strike last week...

Uproar at denial of justice

LEADERS OF Britain's biggest union, UNISON, have denied any justice to two of the union's leading health activists...

Moody, with a touch of class

LIMBO, the new film from radical US director John Sayles, is a gripping and atmospheric film...

London Socialist Alliance

THE LONDON Socialist Alliance got off to a flying start last week. The media has suddenly realised that thousands of people have become disillusioned with New Labour

Scrap Trident

AROUND 500 people braved appalling weather on Monday to join a protest outside the Faslane naval base, home of Britain's Trident nuclear submarines.

Has music gone left?

"ROCK IS dead." That's what one journalist in the NME music paper claimed two weeks ago. Journalists love nothing better than to wax lyrical about the "golden age" of rock and pop

Mandelson caves in to Trimble

PETER Mandelson suspended the new Northern Ireland Assembly on Friday of last week. He put all the blame on the IRA for threatening the peace process. But Mandelson's real motive was to

A blast at capitalism

A book that tears into the multinationals and capitalism has become a huge success across Europe...

Telford police-we can't solve racism

WEST MERCIA Police have admitted that they are useless at solving racist crimes.

Protests, campaigns

Save the state old age pension, Stop Russia's war in Chechnya...

Mumia must live!

PROTESTS are planned around the country on Saturday 4 March

Smears and stitch-ups cannot hide the truth

WHATEVER THE result of Labour's contest for London mayor, one thing is clear-the majority of Labour Party members reject Tony Blair's New Labour.


NEARLY HALF the 6,000 firefighters in London have sent in official letters defying management.


BT WORKERS were waiting this week to hear the outcome of negotiations over the company's major restructuring project, NewGRID.

Blair's weak constitution

A BELLY laugh must have swelled up all round Britain on Wednesday last week as the news spread that the hapless Alun Michael had resigned as first secretary of Wales...

White collar staff gear up for strike

"THIS IS a big move for us. For many of us this is the first time we've ever been on strike. But Ford is not taking us seriously...

Postal workers

BY THE slenderest of margins postal workers have accepted the "Way Forward" pay and conditions package pushed by both Royal Mail and their own union leaders.

New Labour found 'guilty of racism'

"WE HAVE been vindicated. The tribunal's verdict shows that New Labour does not believe in fairness at work and is not prepared to make a stand against racism and sexism."...

Legacy of imperialism

AFGHANISTAN IS a country that has been devastated by wars and poverty. Its dire situation is the result of 150 years of imperialist intervention

Nine faces of New Labour

Mr John Biggs the sacker City & E London JOHN BIGGS, when elected as Labour leader of Tower Hamlets council in 1994, said, "The council staff are our greatest resource." ...





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