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Axe falls again on steel jobs


"I JUST can't see what future there is here. I think they are going to keep cutting and cutting and then they will close a big plant, and we'll all be on the scrapheap unless somebody stands up and fights."

Blair's GM food scandal


TONY BLAIR has sided with US president Bill Clinton in backing the multinationals behind the genetically modified (GM) food industry. At the G8 summit Blair urged unconditional support for the biotechnology industry which develops GM foods...

Pay gulf widens


WORKERS' PAY is running below inflation while company executives' pay soars. Independent pay analyst IRS says that pay settlements in Britain averaged 3 percent in the three months to June...

World is not for sale!


SOCIALIST WORKER sellers hit the streets last week demanding that Blair and the G8 summit cancel Third World debt...

Luxury life of union leaders


A VIDEO recorder worth �169.99 and two radios worth �78.21-these are just two of the items MSF union leader, Roger Lyons, has claimed on expenses...

Protest at IMF in Prague


The failure of the leaders of the G8 rich countries to cancel any Third World debt in Okinawa last week underlines why it is right to protest against the bosses' and bankers' system...

Hands off our homes


COUNCIL TENANTS in Farnham and Godalming in Surrey have rejected a plan by Tory-run Waverley Borough Council to hand their homes to a private housing company...

UNISON


LEADERS OF the public sector workers' UNISON union in Scotland are ignoring a democratic vote and look set to allow Glasgow Labour council to get away with sacking two shop stewards...

Britain's global profiteer


MORE AND more people are revolted by the domination of the world by multinational corporations. Often the targets for people's anger are giant corporations based in the US...

Buy our arms, but please don't fight


"WE CAN'T possibly write off the debt of Third World countries-they'll only spend the money on arms." That was a key justification offered by Western leaders for leaving the poorest countries...

Home studies rise


THE NUMBER of students living at home while studying for a degree is going up as the cost of a university education rises...

Shame of empire


"AN ACT of mass kidnapping." That's how the US Washington Post newspaper described one of the dirtiest episodes in British and American foreign policy...

Whipping up the lynch mob terror


THE NEWS of the World is exploiting the murder of eight year old Sarah Payne to boost its sales through a cynical campaign which could unleash lynch mobs across Britain...

NHS


HEALTH WORKERS at the Dudley Group of Hospitals are set to strike for two days next week following an overwhelming 83 percent vote for strike action.

Brown's bonanza?


"CARRY ON Spending." That is how the left Labour weekly Tribune greeted Gordon Brown's public spending package last week. Alice Mahon MP summed up the welcome many Labour backbenchers...

Rail fat cats still betray


DEPUTY PRIME minister John Prescott unveiled new spending plans for transport last week. But the great bulk of the cash will be going as subsidy to privatised bus and rail firms...

Private firms to grab the NHS


THE GOVERNMENT claims that its "National Plan", launched this week, will save the National Health Service. But behind the talk of "modernisation" and "reform" New Labour is embarking on the biggest privatisation programme in the history of the NHS...

The class divide is growing


"WE ARE delivering on the fundamentals." That was Tony Blair's upbeat message last week, backed by the spin around chancellor Gordon Brown's spending review on Tuesday...

SWP news


REFLECTING THE sense of excitement at Marxism 2000, 248 people joined the Socialist Workers Party during the week. While Marxism was going on, Hackney SWP branches leafleted every school...

Kidderminster


THE TOWN of Kidderminster, about 15 miles south west of Birmingham, is up in arms about the government's private finance plan for the local hospital...

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