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Profits before patients


PRIVATISE, privatise, privatise. That is Tony Blair's slogan for his second term, although he tries to describe the real meaning of his policies by using the phrase "reform of public services"...

PCS anti-racism


THE Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) met last week and was greeted by an angry demonstration of people who had been hemmed in at Oxford Circus for nine hours on May Day this year...

Councils


OVER 1,000 council workers in Sefton, Merseyside, struck for a day on Tuesday. They were protesting against the planned closure of five residential old people's homes...

Anti-incinerator


AS THE strike at William Cook's foundry in Sheffield enters its tenth week, building solidarity and financial support is key...

May Day


SOME 100 delegates met for the conference of Connect, the union for professionals in communications, in Scarborough last week. It came against a backdrop of the continued break-up of BT...

The cost of wooing business


THE CULLEN report into the Paddington rail crash, which was published this week, highlighted the absolute disaster of rail privatisation...

Who was violent in Gothenburg?


TONY BLAIR denounced Gothenburg's anti-capitalist protesters as a "travelling circus" bent on "causing as much mayhem as possible". His words came as a young Swedish man lay fighting for his life...

Nepal


NEPAL IS in crisis, perhaps on the edge of revolution. Last week somebody shot dead King Birendra, his queen and eight other members of the royal family. The new king, Gyanendra, is the old king's u...

GMB


THE CONFERENCE of the GMB union took place last week, in the run-up to the general election. On the surface it appeared to be a simple display of loyalty to New Labour...

Opposition to the EU


ONE OF the many things wrong with the Tories is that they give opposition to the European Union (EU) a bad name...

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Indonesian police attack anti-capitalist protests


INDONESIAN POLICE brutally smashed up a conference on globalisation last week. The conference in Jakarta was aimed at building resistance to neo-liberalism...

Fighting racism


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IMF challenged on streets of Colombia


THE CONFERENCE in Indonesia gives the lie to those like New Labour cabinet minister Clare Short who have argued that protests against globalisation and neo-liberalism are the preserve of the richer industrialised countries...

Anti-Bush demos in Spain


THOUSANDS OF people marched though the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Sunday to protest against this week's visit of US president George W Bush...

'Be active, build on what we achieved'


AFTER THE election Socialist Worker spoke to Liz Davies, former member of the Labour Party national executive, about her views on what socialists should do next

The battle lines in Blair's second term


"THE SECOND term will be bloody." That's what an unnamed cabinet minister told Observer journalist Andrew Rawnsley in the middle of the election campaign. They are certain to be right...

Behind the New Deal


THIS IS what the New Deal means to me as an 18 to 25 year old. Option one was �60 for up to seven 12-hour shifts per week for an employer who refused to pay after two months work...

Postal union conference


JUST BEFORE the election around 50,000 postal workers stuck unofficially and illegally-and won. They were protesting at their bosses' demands for "flexibility", ever harder working, more competition ...

MSF says no privatisation


DELEGATES TO the MSF union conference in Eastbourne delivered their verdict on Blair's plans for a second term last weekend. They voted overwhelmingly to oppose New Labour's privatisation of the NHS...

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