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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 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.


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.


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.


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.

Galbraith must go

"HOW CAN he sit there smugly and say it is not his fault?" That was the response of 15 year old Fiona White from Dundee to news that the minister responsible for the exam fiasco in Scotland, Sam Galbraith, has no intention of resigning.

Chance to kick the councils over pay

They are fighting against scandalously low pay. The mostly women council workers, members of the UNISON union, do jobs ranging from admin to social work, cleaning to catering. One council worker explained, "For years we have seen our pay fall when compared to other workers. People have suffered massive cuts. It's just a feeling that enough is enough."

Inside the beast

McDONALD'S IS a symbol of global capitalism. The ruthless corporation now has 27,000 outlets in 119 countries. It is also hell to work in. Socialist Worker spoke to a McDonald's worker ...

Blair's Britain

* KEVIN Renshaw hanged himself after being made redundant from the factory where he had worked for 23 years. He and 250 other workers were made redundant in June. Friends say he was depressed at the ...

Teachers warned exam meant chaos

The Scottish Qualifications Authority, the quango responsible for administering the exams, announced this week that it was re-checking the results of 147,000 pupils who have just sat their end of scho

Relentless fighter for a better world

Trotsky had dedicated his whole life to the fight against inequality and oppression, and for international socialism. In February 1940, just months before his murder, he wrote: "If I had to begin all ...

Witch-hunts whipped up by the affluent

"SALEM-ON-SEA." That was the image that came to mind last week as a crowd rampaged through the Portsmouth suburb of Paulsgrove, driving innocent people on a supposed list of alleged paedophiles ...

Every nuclear sub is a threat

OVER 100 Russian sailors were trapped in a sunken nuclear submarine as Socialist Worker went to press. The accident which sent the sub to the bottom of the Barents Sea underlines just how dangerous...

Fraudsters that Blair will let into the NHS

OBSERVER journalist Nick Cohen last week exposed the rotten record of the US private health outfit hoping to cash in on new Labour's drive to privatise more of the NHS. In May HCA took over the

'Stop killng our people'


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