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Firefighters: Get behind Homerton


FIRE BRIGADE bosses in London are out to take revenge on the Fire Brigades Union. That is the only possible explanation for why they suspended 11 firefighters at Homerton station, east London...

Chile: On a knife's edge


THE CROATIAN party which the West backed during the break-up of Yugoslavia has been thrown out of office. There are also signs that workers are mobilising to put pressure on the new regime...

Missing meals to pay rent


HOMELESSNESS IN London is getting worse under New Labour according to recent figures from campaign group Shelter.

Postal workers: Backlog sparks a walkout


AROUND 1,000 postal workers walked out at Watford sorting office on Thursday of last week. The workers, members of the Communication Workers Union, were protesting at management's bullying tactics. ...

Blair faces crisis over Livingstone


TONY BLAIR is in a panic over the election for the Labour Party's candidate for mayor of London. Livingstone won the overwhelming backing of the London membership of the Transport and General Workers

Growing support for Mumia Abu-Jamal


A REPORT last week recommended wiping out whole estates in poor areas, mainly in the north of England. Many estates have be come ghost towns because of high unemployment...

Socialist Worker readers' meeting for all bus workers


Sunday 23 January, 2pm University of London Union, Malet Street ...

Rail workers: Connex drivers ban long hours


"I GET up and go to work at 2.30 in the morning. I finish around one o'clock in the afternoon. When I get home my wife goes off to work. I hardly ever see her. What kind of life is that?"...

UNISON


RODDY SLORACH, the leading Scottish trade unionist expelled from his UNISON public sector union, will have his appeal against the decision heard on Thursday 27 January in Glasgow...

Minimum wage scandal: Cash stolen from pockets of poor


NEW LABOUR'S flagship New Deal policy is not only failing to help young people. It is making things worse for people in the north of England. That is the startling conclusion of an independent survey...

Sky Chefs


TRADE UNIONISTS across west London raised over �3,000 in support of the Lufthansa Sky Chefs workers at Heathrow airport in the run up to Christmas...

Councils


CIVILIAN SUPPORT staff working for Greater Manchester Police halted their latest in a series of one day strikes last week while their union, UNISON, went into arbitration talks with the employer...

Just who do Met think they are?


WHO DID the Metropolitan Police stop on suspicion that he was responsible for a street robbery just after Christmas? None other than Neville Lawrence, father of murdered teenager Stephen...

Ninety years of class struggle


BERNHARD HERZBERG is a 90 year old socialist who has been politically active all his adult life. His experiences span most of the last century...

Plenty of excuses, not enough money


THE GOVERNMENT is hiding behind the stories of a flu epidemic to try to cover up its failure to fund the NHS. Health minister Alan Milburn called the outbreak "particularly nasty"...

Students


THE Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS) is to hold a "SWSS Conference 2000" in Manchester next month.

Ford


SALARIED STAFF at Ford motors are to ballot next week for strike action. Workers are enraged that the company is refusing to cut their working week...

Remploy


AN INDEPENDENT report into Remploy, the government aided firm that employs disabled people, has slammed the company's planned factory closures...

NUT


MEMBERS OF the National Union of Teachers should receive ballot papers for the union's deputy general secretary election this week. Kevin Courtney is the secretary of Camden NUT in north London ...

London mayor


OVER 150 health workers packed into a lunchtime meeting at King's College Hospital in south east London on Monday of this week to hear all three contenders to be Labour's candidate to be London mayor....

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