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Chaos hits private finance hospital


The first ever hospital built under New Labour's Private Finance Initiative (PFI), Cumberland Royal Infirmary, has become a disaster zone...

The great debt betrayal


Nineteen thousand children die every day in the Third World because money goes to debt payments, not health and education. The grim toll has reached over 4.5 million this year.

North Pole melts as world hots up


Unfrozen water has appeared at the North Pole for the first time for more than 50 million years. The mile wide stretch of open water is a clear sign that global warming is happening.

Verdict in the Alder case


A VERDICT was expected this week on the death of Christopher Alder. Christopher, a 37 year old black man, died on 1 April 1998 after being taken to a Hull police station.

'Get some kills,' soldiers told


A FORMER soldier has confirmed that he will give damning evidence to the Saville inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972, when the British army killed 14 people.

Shayler scandal


FORMER MI5 secret service officer David Shayler returned to Britain on Monday and was immediately charged with various offences. But the government has not directly taken up his most embarrassing allegation-that British agents were involved in a plot to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi.

Rover threat


Workers at Rover are again waiting anxiously for news about their jobs. There are renewed rumours that the company could soon be demanding more job cuts and may even face closure by next spring. This comes just four months after the firm was "saved" by the Phoenix consortium.

Military merry go round


The cooperation between the military, industry, ex civil servants and ex-ministers has forced Tony Blair into hurried action. Blair has imposed a ban on a Sir David Davies, former Ministry of Defence chief scientific adviser, giving commercial advice to Britain's leading military firm, British Aerospace.

Blair's Britain


TUBE privatisation will threaten safety, says a private letter from the government's chief rail inspector.

Fattest cats


The pay of Britain's top bosses rose by 16.5 percent last year, four times the average wage increase.

1,000 win on Merseyside


POSTAL workers on Merseyside have won an inspiring victory after around 1,000 walked out on unofficial strike in support of their mates at the Bootle office. "The atmosphere is brilliant. Everyone is buoyant. The strikes were a breath of fresh air and really stuck one on the managers," says a Liverpool postal worker.

Ford


FORD WORKERS returned from their summer shutdown last week and within days anger boiled over into action. The Paint Trim and Assembly plant at Dagenham in Essex saw two unofficial stoppages by groups of workers.

Bus workers


Manchester BUS SERVICES around north Manchester and Lancashire were brought to a halt again this week as drivers in two of Britain's leading bus companies went on strike over pay. Around 1,750 drivers on Manchester's First Group buses were on strike on Friday of last week and Monday of this week. The battle is over two issues-a decent pay rise and to get rid of the differences in pay rates that drivers get. This is the fourth time the drivers, members of the TGWU union, have taken action.

Battle for union


A fight for trade union recognition at a Kent printing plant has reached a critical stage. Management has sacked six key activists at the Floplast plant in Bobbing near Sittingbourne, in a bid to try and head off union recognition.

BT workers to ballot on restructuring package


Tens of thousands of BT workers were to begin a national ballot on the company's NewGRID pay and gradings restructuring package on Wednesday. The ballot will run for two weeks.

Build campaign to end voucher scheme


"Let them eat vouchers."

Oxford University Press


"The strike is justified. You could say it's about a specific individual, but there is a whole principle of not having victimisation and fear." These are the words of one of the strikers at Oxford University Press (OUP) who began an all-out strike on Tuesday of this week. This is only the second strike in OUP's 500-year history.

Councils


Hackney BIN WORKERS and street cleaners in Hackney, east London, have forced the council to back off from 40 compulsory job cuts. The 280 workers had been set to take strike action for two days this week. The workers had threatened to escalate to all-out action in the beginning of September.

BAe


HUNDREDS OF workers at a BAE Systems plant, formerly British Aerospace, near Manchester have voted to take strike action over pay. The 620 workers at the Woodford factory in Greater Manchester voted by a huge 93.95 percent for strike action.

Gas


SOME 120 workers for British Gas Services in London held a strike last week in a dispute over pay. The engineers, members of the GMB union, are demanding the firm pays all the workers the £100 inner London allowance which only a section of the workforce gets.

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