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The diary of a candidate


KAREN REISSMANN, a health worker, is standing in Manchester's Blackley constituency for the Socialist Alliance. Here is her diary for the week of 2-8 March....

NHS


ABOUT 30 people attended a meeting to protest at rent rises in UCLH hospitals trust nurses' homes on Monday. The rises will take rents to �260 a month...

Zapatistas


THE ZAPATISTAS marched into Mexico City on Sunday after travelling from the southern state of Chiapas and holding solidarity r...

Do us a favour


NEW LABOUR persecutes people fleeing war and poverty across the world who end up as refugees in Britain. But it bends over backwards to do favours for the rich, arms dealers and corrupt businessmen...

Asylum rights


SIX WORKERS at Long Products in Rye, Sussex, are fighting for reinstatement after they were sacked when they tried to form a union. The six joined the TGWU union to fight for better working condition...

Diary Upcoming events


UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON: Staff and students face a �2.9 million cuts package. This comes only a year after the opening of the expensive Docklands campus...

The budget fails on childcare


"ON BUDGET day Gordon Brown said he was giving loads of help to families. And what he did will mean a few pounds extra for me..."

Round-up


Round-up

Universities


UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON: Staff and students face a �2.9 million cuts package. This comes only a year after the opening of the expensive Docklands campus...

Going on strike


LONDON Undergound workers made front page news in London last week because they voted overwhelmingly to strike...

Why Mugabe is still smiling


LAST WEEK went well for Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. In an important breakthrough, he succeeded in replacing the white chief justice with a reliable political ally...

Teachers defy bully Blunkett


EDUCATION secretary David Blunkett is trying to bully and threaten teachers who began industrial action this week to end the scandal of teacher shortages...

did things get better?


THOUSANDS OF former shipyard workers are to get just 5 percent of the compensation they are owed for exposure to deadly asbestos...

Buses


BUS WORKERS in Norwich took unofficial action last Saturday over traffic congestion caused by the opening of a new shopping centre...

Brown's budget


GORDON BROWN'S budget last week was hailed by papers from the Sun to the Guardian. They celebrated his "help for families" and declared that "everyone's a winner"...

121 days- still fighting


DUDLEY HEALTH workers began another three-week strike on Monday in their fight against NHS privatisation...

Fighting for justice


"THESE PEOPLE know nothing about justice! They are racist to the core and the rot goes all the way to the top, and it's got to stop!"...

Budget lets the rich off the hook


And there's worse to come 'After the election, only the NHS and the police will be protected from the private sector'Gordon Brown speaking to the TUC's John Monks, according to the Observer

Politicians should be in the dock too


Lorry driver Perry Wacker and a Chinese interpreter are on trial for the manslaughter of 58 young Chinese immigrants. Others should be in the dock alongside them-starting with Tony Blair, Jack Straw, William Hague and the major newspaper owners. The 58 people suffocated in the lorry they had been smuggled aboard on a ferry arriving in Dover.

'Their profits mean death'


A global day of action hit multinational drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline on Monday to coincide with the beginning of a court case in South Africa. GSK is just one of the big companies which this week began the court case to try to stop their drugs, or copies of their drugs, being sold cheaply to desperate people in South Africa, many of who are victims of AIDS. Demonstrators protested outside the company's headquarters in Brentford on Monday morning, and around 70 people joined a protest in Manchester on Monday evening.

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