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Issue: 1679

Dated: 13 Jan 2000



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Missing meals to pay rent

HOMELESSNESS IN London is getting worse under New Labour according to recent figures from campaign group Shelter.


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Croatia: Out with the old

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NCRM

THE NATIONAL Civil Rights Movement is holding a conference in Sheffield on Saturday 22 January. This is open to all members of the NCRM.

Good and bad war criminals?

THE LABOUR government's failure to prosecute the Nazi war criminal Konrad Kalejs has rightly caused widespread anger. Jack Straw defended the decision, arguing that there was not enough evidence...

Keep up pressure for free education

CAMPAIGNERS ARE planning worldwide protests over the next three months against the threatened execution of radical black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal in the US...

Support Bayo Omoyiola

Lobby Jack Straw's advice surgery Saturday 15 January 9-10am * Bangor Street Community Centre, Blackburn ...

Proud of this, Blair?

TONY BLAIR and John Prescott tell us that delays in building London Underground's Jubilee Line extension show that the public sector is inefficient and that "public-private partnerships" are the way f

New Straw climbdown on race act

JACK STRAW has watered down his promise to fully extend the Race Relations Act so it covers public institutions like the police...

Firefighters: Get behind Homerton

FIRE BRIGADE bosses in London are out to take revenge on the Fire Brigades Union. That is the only possible explanation for why they suspended 11 firefighters at Homerton station, east London...

Chile: On a knife's edge

THE CROATIAN party which the West backed during the break-up of Yugoslavia has been thrown out of office. There are also signs that workers are mobilising to put pressure on the new regime...

Postal workers: Backlog sparks a walkout

AROUND 1,000 postal workers walked out at Watford sorting office on Thursday of last week. The workers, members of the Communication Workers Union, were protesting at management's bullying tactics. ...

Blair faces crisis over Livingstone

TONY BLAIR is in a panic over the election for the Labour Party's candidate for mayor of London. Livingstone won the overwhelming backing of the London membership of the Transport and General Workers

Growing support for Mumia Abu-Jamal

A REPORT last week recommended wiping out whole estates in poor areas, mainly in the north of England. Many estates have be come ghost towns because of high unemployment...

Socialist Worker readers' meeting for all bus workers

Sunday 23 January, 2pm University of London Union, Malet Street ...

Rail workers: Connex drivers ban long hours

"I GET up and go to work at 2.30 in the morning. I finish around one o'clock in the afternoon. When I get home my wife goes off to work. I hardly ever see her. What kind of life is that?"...

UNISON

RODDY SLORACH, the leading Scottish trade unionist expelled from his UNISON public sector union, will have his appeal against the decision heard on Thursday 27 January in Glasgow...

Minimum wage scandal: Cash stolen from pockets of poor

NEW LABOUR'S flagship New Deal policy is not only failing to help young people. It is making things worse for people in the north of England. That is the startling conclusion of an independent survey...

Sky Chefs

TRADE UNIONISTS across west London raised over �3,000 in support of the Lufthansa Sky Chefs workers at Heathrow airport in the run up to Christmas...

Councils

CIVILIAN SUPPORT staff working for Greater Manchester Police halted their latest in a series of one day strikes last week while their union, UNISON, went into arbitration talks with the employer...

Just who do Met think they are?

WHO DID the Metropolitan Police stop on suspicion that he was responsible for a street robbery just after Christmas? None other than Neville Lawrence, father of murdered teenager Stephen...

Ninety years of class struggle

BERNHARD HERZBERG is a 90 year old socialist who has been politically active all his adult life. His experiences span most of the last century...

Plenty of excuses, not enough money

THE GOVERNMENT is hiding behind the stories of a flu epidemic to try to cover up its failure to fund the NHS. Health minister Alan Milburn called the outbreak "particularly nasty"...

Students

THE Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS) is to hold a "SWSS Conference 2000" in Manchester next month.

Ford

SALARIED STAFF at Ford motors are to ballot next week for strike action. Workers are enraged that the company is refusing to cut their working week...

Remploy

AN INDEPENDENT report into Remploy, the government aided firm that employs disabled people, has slammed the company's planned factory closures...

NUT

MEMBERS OF the National Union of Teachers should receive ballot papers for the union's deputy general secretary election this week. Kevin Courtney is the secretary of Camden NUT in north London ...

London mayor

OVER 150 health workers packed into a lunchtime meeting at King's College Hospital in south east London on Monday of this week to hear all three contenders to be Labour's candidate to be London mayor....

NAPO

THE THREAT of strike action by South Yorkshire probation service workers has forced management to back down over introducing new contracts...

Campaign against privatisation in Leeds

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow (near town hall) Speakers: Harold Best MP, Bob Crow (RMT assistant general secretary) ...

British Gypsum

WORKERS AT British Gypsum Isover in Runcorn are set to strike next week over the sacking of two workers. Some 60 of the company's 70 workers backed strike action in a ballot of GMB union members...

Kicking off

AS the NHS hits crisis 27 copies of Socialist Worker were sold at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 24 at Royal Liverpool Hospital and 18 plus 3 copies of Socialist Review at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington ...

Art that's both bold and brave

"AMAZONS OF the Avant-Garde" is an exhibition of work by Russian women artists from the early years of the 20th century...

Jailed for helping the homeless

THE CASE of Ruth Wyner and John Brock seems like an impossible nightmare. The two Cambridge charity workers were jailed on 17 December for five and four years respectively ...

Report says New Deal fails

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'Flatten estates in north'

"PEOPLE ARE very angry. We work non-stop, we never have time to sit down and we get paid �3.60 an hour. It's not fair." So said a McDonald's worker in south Wales...

France: Bosses out to block hours cut

FRENCH LORRIES were blockading Channel ports and border crossings at the start of the week. The protest is over the issue which has dominated French politics in recent month

Brilliant rage

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Patent first, patient last

GENE THERAPY is one of the most hyped "scientific breakthroughs" in recent times. The promise was that it would cure people of killer diseases...

Leadership in the struggle

THE capitalist view of the world divides people into leaders and led. It places the capitalists and their hangers-on at the top and the rest of us down below...

Felled by strong arm of the law

"POLICE ATTACKED As 1,000 Anarchists Bring Terror To Capital's Streets". That was the headline of the Express the day after the protest against the World Trade Organisation...

Workers confront fat cats

Union

Hope died in Newport

RECENT ARTICLES in the national media have talked about the violent nature of provincial towns across Britain. They named Newport in Wales as the worst...

Where next after Seattle

WORKERS FROM Baird's clothing factories staged a protest outside a London Marks & Spencer store last week. They were highlighting the retail giant's decision to scrap supply contracts with Baird's...

Preview

* 1900 USA (Sat, 7pm, C4). Second part of documentary about the US at the beginning of the 20th century. It promises to contrast the hopes for a new world with the reality of racism in the Southern st

Time to unionise

THE GOVERNMENT'S new Employment Relations Act will become law over the next four months. It will give workers in Britain the opportunity to win trade union recognition...

Goldmine of songs

STAND UP and Be Counted is a new compilation album of funk, soul and jazz tracks inspired by the struggle for black civil rights in the US during the 1960s. This album is a little goldmine...


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