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Issue: 1683

Dated: 12 Feb 2000

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Austria resists

"THREE IN four Austrians voted against Haider. He is a fascist. We don't want to go back to the 1930s." That is what Vienna housewife Beatrix Vasegak told Socialist Worker last Saturday...

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Europe's leaders-united against the far right?

IT IS no surprise that the entry of the far right Freedom Party into the Austrian government sent a wave of anger among opponents of racism and fascism throughout Europe.

United Utilities

WORKERS AT North West Water were due to hold a march in Manchester this weekend against attacks on their conditions.


WORKERS AT Ektacolour Finishing at Kodak in north west London are still standing solid in their decision not to volunteer for overtime after four weeks. The action has shaken management

Austria in turmoil as Haider's party in government

MASS DEMONSTRATIONS and street fighting greeted the entry of the far right Freedom Party into the Austrian government on Friday of last week.

The voice of the damned

THE FILM of Graham Greene's novel The End of the Affair is due out this week. It will be interesting to see if it matches the quality of his novel, which was first published in 1951


LECTURERS AT Burnley College have voted decisively for strike action after two years of fruitless talks to renegotiate the contract imposed in 1993.

King, Gandhi and non-violent protest

MANY PEOPLE who yearn for an alternative to capitalism also hope there is a peaceful way to transform it...


THERE WAS anger among BT workers this week after the company announced it plans some 3,000 job cuts in managerial and professional grades...


AROUND 100 people lobbied the West Midlands Regional Council of UNISON in Birmingham last Saturday...


INDIA IS the third largest dam builder in the world. Since independence various Indian governments have built 3,300 dams. The resulting reservoirs have uprooted millions of people...

Independent guardians?

ANYONE RELYING on the British media last week would have been left hopelessly confused by coverage of important international events...

Costing the earth

There's no welcome in the hillsides

THE LABOUR Party in Wales was in turmoil this week as its leader, Alun Michael, faced a no-confidence vote in the devolved assembly.

Blair's Britain

* NEW LABOUR minister Stephen Byers refuses to raise the minimum wage this year, claiming a higher level could cost jobs. But new research by Incomes Data Services found that job losses did not happen...

Poor deal from Ray

REMEMBER THE man New Labour recruited to sell the New Deal in a multi-million pound series of TV adverts last year

Work pressure is wrecking lives'

WORKERS IN Britain are working longer despite the European Working Time Directive which is supposed to restrict the working week to 48 hours.

Homerton 11 stoke mood of resistance

OVER 800 firefighters and their supporters marched through east London on Friday of last week against the threat by management to discipline and possibly sack 11 of their colleagues...

Nurses thrown out in PFI Dome view deal

STUDENT NURSES in Greenwich face eviction from their nurses' home to make way for luxury flats overlooking the Dome...

Health workers' protest

THE LABOUR Party in Wales was in turmoil this week as its leader, Alun Michael, faced a no-confidence vote in the devolved assembly.


BRISTOL: Over 50 people atten ded a meeting in Easton Community Centre, Bristol, last Sunday to protest at police harassment of the local black community.

We need unions with muscle

I WORK in a non-unionised meat production factory as an operative under the New Deal Initiative on 3.60-3.75 an hour.

Labour bows to house of bigots

A VICTORY for bigotry, scored by a bunch of unelected and unrepresentative Tories and bishops. That is the reality of the House of Lords vote to keep the anti-gay Section 28...

Impressive street sales

Socialist Worker sellers were out last Saturday building the protests against the fascists entering the government in Austria...

Rage Against the System

OVER 12,500 young people saw US band Rage Against the Machine (RATM) and Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) in London last week. The concert was like an anti-capitalist carnival....

Murdoch in TV Labour outrage

A CEREMONY to mark 100 years of the Labour Party this month is to be run with the help of union-bashing boss Rupert Murdoch...

Money there to boost pensions

THE GOVERNMENT has a huge 6 billion surplus in the National Insurance fund. It could fund a 600 payment to each of Britain's ten million pensioners this year t...

Prescott's 'Big Bang'

THE NEW Labour government is going to privatise every council home in Britain.


WERE YOU at the N30 demonstration at Euston station, London, on 30 November 1999?

Nuclear nightmare

NUCLEAR plants dotted around Britain's coast could become lethal with rising sea levels brought by global warming...

Stop 'Maxwell' pension threat

BOSSES OF the Ford motor company refused to alter their pay offer to white collar staff at negotiations with trade unions on Monday of this week.

Pledge on rail safety breached

RAILTRACK will stay in charge of rail safety despite last year's Paddington crash.

Schools handed to the privateers

EVERY SECONDARY school in Glasgow will be hit by privatisation under new plans approved by the Labour council...


AROUND 100 parents and children protested against the threatened closure of Rockwood Nursery in Burnley recently.

Candy Udwin-25 years fighting for our health service

CANDY UDWIN is a medical receptionist at UCLH hospitals in central London. She has devoted the last 25 years to fighting for a decent health service.

'Fight is back on'

THE SKY Chefs dispute is back on. The deal that was to end the 14 month long dispute has come apart at the seams.

Students: politics and action


Greater London Assembly elections

"THE LONDON Socialist Alliance is what thousands of people have been waiting for. It's a great chance to tell Tony Blair what we think of his Tory policies."

There's a history of fighting back

THE ENTRY of the far right Freedom Party into the Austrian government has rightly ignited anti-fascist protests across Europe...

Blair's fox men

IS NEW Labour really committed to banning fox hunting? Several members of the committee charged by the government with investigating the impact of a ban have links with pro-hunting groups...

Trimble tramples on hopes again

THE government, the Ulster Unionists and the media have all put the blame on the IRA for the current threat to peace in Northern Ireland.

'Racists, police, the media won't divide us'

A LOT of Jason's white friends are too scared to speak out. I want all of us to join together and fight this. We have already lost two members of our family and no one should have to go through that





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