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ALMOST 100 people joined last Sunday's picket of Scotland's first detention centre for asylum seekers at Dungavel in south Lanarkshire...

Slowdown spreads to services


"THE ECONOMIC slowdown facing the UK is now spreading beyond manufacturing." That was the grim warning this week from the head of the bosses' CBI organisation...

Housing revolt


MAJOR TRADE unions are backing protest rallies in defence of council housing at this month's TUC and Labour Party conferences...

Holding on to staff?


I AM a student nurse at UCLH hospitals in central London. The trust has decided to close

Civil servants


WORKERS IN the Employment Service and the Benefits Agency in south west London and Brent have voted for indefinite strike action by 334 votes to 74...

Inquiry victory


THE FAMILY of Zahid Mubarek, the Asian teenager murdered by a "psychopathic" and racist inmate at Feltham Young Offenders Institution, have won the latest round in their battle for a public inquiry...

Refugees are not to blame


POLITICIANS IN Britain and across the world are targeting refugees...

The US won't even talk about racism


Toxic Texan President George W Bush ordered the US delegates to leave the United Nations conference on racism this week. The US delegation marched out of the conference in South Africa because representatives of many countries had dared to condemn Israel's brutal treatment of the Palestinian people.

New Labour leads the hypocrisy on slavery


The big powers at the UN conference also pushed aside calls for them to apologise for the slave trade. The British government led the pack. Britain was at the forefront of the slave trade in the 18th century.

Reports in brief


Gorton Tub LOCAL PEOPLE protested last week to show their anger at Manchester City Council's decision to close the popular swimming pool Gorton Tub. Campaigners went to the site of the £90 million Commonwealth Games stadium.

Refugees


NASSAR AHMED was found dead on Tuesday morning. He had fled for his life from war-torn Eritrea, found his way to Britain

Obituaries


The heartbreaking and lonely death of 74 year old Thomas Rogers at Whipps Cross accident and emergency last week is a terrible tragedy for his family...

Fighting the Nazis


OVER 100 people came together in Pudsey town centre in Leeds last Saturday to oppose the Nazi NF's attempt to build in the area...

Who should pay for slave trade?


PROTESTS WILL greet the United Nations conference on racism which opens this weekend in Durban, South Africa...

General strike in South Africa


AROUND THREE million South African workers were expected to take part in a massive general strike on Wednesday and Thursday this week...

Anger at policy, not presentation


"THE SHORTEST honeymoon on record" is going to be replaced by a "very difficult period of relationships" between the union movement and government. These are the words of TUC leader John Monks...

Teachers are driven out


SCHOOLS FACE the worst ever teacher shortages when the new term starts, according to a report by Mike Tomlinson, head of the Ofsted schools inspectorate...

NHS hospital's critical state


The heartbreaking and lonely death of 74 year old Thomas Rogers at Whipps Cross accident and emergency last week is a terrible tragedy for his family...

Retreat on rail safety


Deputy prime minister John Prescott claimed "finance isn't a problem" over installing the safety system after the Ladbroke Grove crash...

Millions too poor to afford a home


GETTING A house to live in has become a crisis for millions of workers across Britain. The problem is not caused by an "invasion" of refugees occupying council homes, as papers like the Daily Express ...

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