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Community nurses

Community psychiatric nurses in Manchester are furious to hear that they are to be downgraded.


Over 400 people turned out for three and a half hours of debate, discussion and videos last week around the theme of "The case against the WTO", organised by Globalise Resistance.


Hundreds took part in the first ever strike by workers in the private gas company Transco on Wednesday of last week. Around 650 workers are involved in the dispute over pay.


Stagecoach bus workers in the north east of England held another one-day strike on Monday of this week to force the company to increase their pay. The workers in Teesside, Hartlepool and Darlington are due to be joined by fellow workers in the AEEU union who maintain the buses.


Council workers in Bradford are set to strike for half a day on Wednesday of this week. The strike comes after council workers, members of the UNISON union, voted to strike by 64.5 percent. Some 78.5 percent voted yes for action short of strike action.


Print workers at John McCormick's printers in Glasgow have won a victory. The management backed down after the 13 GMPU print union members had agreed to escalate their action from one to two-day strikes.

Defend council housing

Council tenants on the Langley estate in Middleton, Rochdale, are fighting against the transfer of their homes to fat cat landlords. Langley is a Manchester City Council overspill estate. The council is trying to con tenants to vote in the ballot to transfer to a housing association.

British Energy

Workers at British Energy are scheduled to take strike action on Monday 19 November, after voting overwhelmingly for action over pay. If the strike action goes ahead, it will hit Britain's biggest nuclear power producer.

Back this strike - Claimants and workers unite

Over 75,000 workers in job centres and benefit offices are being balloted to join a strike by 2,500 fellow workers across the country. It could be the biggest challenge from public sector workers that New Labour has faced since 1997.

It's a war on the world's poor

Pretence of 'smart' bombs abandoned Now they just blast the lot The US began carpet-bombing Afghanistan with B-52 bombers last week. It is a tactic straight out of the US war on Vietnam over 30 years ago. It exposes Bush and Blair's claims that this war would be different, using "smart" bombs.

Help us reach our £200,000 target

Socialist Worker supporters raised £10,453 last week towards our appeal for funds. The total is now £119,662, over halfway towards our target of £200,000. That money is vital to continuing our anti-war coverage.

Health, justice, food, peace - Not profit!

Over 5,000 people marched through London last Saturday in protest at the way the world trade system works against poor people and the environment. The demonstration was young-about half were under 30 and a significant number under 20. It was also very lively and angry. Sara Henderson, a 17 year old from Walthamstow in London, told Socialist Worker:

Stop the war: Worldwide Movement

Major mobilisations against the war were due to take place across the world this weekend and next. In Italy three days of action described by the Il Manifesto newspaper as "against the war and the World Trade Organisation" were planned, culminating in a national march in Rome.

Taking on Blair's strikebreaking

Strikers in the government's new Pathfinder job centre and Benefits Agency offices are continuing their determined action. New Labour has launched attempts at strikebreaking and union busting. Around 2,500 civil servants in the PCS union are on all-out strike against the government's plans to remove screens in the new amalgamated offices. Screens are important for staff supplying benefits because of the increased harshness of the government's system.

Postal workers: Striking back at harassment

Postal workers across much of east London poured out in an angry unofficial strike on Tuesday. By midday workers at the giant EDO mail centre in Whitechapel, and at offices in Bethnal Green, Hackney, Homerton, Bow, Clapton, Poplar and elsewhere, were out in a brilliant act of solidarity with strikers at South Woodford.

Council workers

Council workers in Newcastle have been boosted in their fight to beat off threats of privatisation. One of the key companies involved in the privatisation has pulled out.

UNISON United Left

Up to 150 members of the UNISON public sector workers' union met in Manchester last weekend to launch UNISON United Left. The organisation brings together all those on the left within the union, and represents a significant step forward. There were speakers from Sefton, where union members have won a victory in a fight over care home closures, and from the Glasgow medical secretaries' strike.

In brief

Stewards reject deal Shop stewards at Scottish Power have rejected management's latest offer. However, the new offer will be put to a ballot of union members. The workers, who are members of the AEEU, GMB and TGWU unions, have been fighting management's plans to transfer workers in the "wire business" to a new company.

Medical secretaries: Back on all-out action

Furious medical secretaries in Glasgow have walked out again on indefinite strike action after management reneged on their recent offer. The 300 secretaries, all low paid women workers, had unanimously voted to suspend their strike two weeks ago.

Bus workers

Anger is bubbling among Stagecoach bus workers, who face long hours and low pay while the company reported an operating profit of £197.8 million earlier this year. Over 100 Stagecoach workers in Hastings went on a one-day strike on Friday of last week to fight a management-imposed 3 percent pay rise. The workers, members of the TGWU union, had demanded a 10 percent rise and a reduction in shift hours.

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