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Smears and stitch-ups cannot hide the truth

WHATEVER THE result of Labour's contest for London mayor, one thing is clear-the majority of Labour Party members reject Tony Blair's New Labour.


NEARLY HALF the 6,000 firefighters in London have sent in official letters defying management.


BT WORKERS were waiting this week to hear the outcome of negotiations over the company's major restructuring project, NewGRID.

Blair's weak constitution

A BELLY laugh must have swelled up all round Britain on Wednesday last week as the news spread that the hapless Alun Michael had resigned as first secretary of Wales...

White collar staff gear up for strike

"THIS IS a big move for us. For many of us this is the first time we've ever been on strike. But Ford is not taking us seriously...

Postal workers

BY THE slenderest of margins postal workers have accepted the "Way Forward" pay and conditions package pushed by both Royal Mail and their own union leaders.

New Labour found 'guilty of racism'

"WE HAVE been vindicated. The tribunal's verdict shows that New Labour does not believe in fairness at work and is not prepared to make a stand against racism and sexism."...

Legacy of imperialism

AFGHANISTAN IS a country that has been devastated by wars and poverty. Its dire situation is the result of 150 years of imperialist intervention

Nine faces of New Labour

Mr John Biggs the sacker City & E London JOHN BIGGS, when elected as Labour leader of Tower Hamlets council in 1994, said, "The council staff are our greatest resource." ...

How can anyone say 'no room for refugees'

THE NUMBER of empty homes in Britain has leapt to 772,300 in the last year, according to a survey by the Empty Homes Agency released this week.

Europe's leaders-united against the far right?

IT IS no surprise that the entry of the far right Freedom Party into the Austrian government sent a wave of anger among opponents of racism and fascism throughout Europe.

United Utilities

WORKERS AT North West Water were due to hold a march in Manchester this weekend against attacks on their conditions.


WORKERS AT Ektacolour Finishing at Kodak in north west London are still standing solid in their decision not to volunteer for overtime after four weeks. The action has shaken management

Austria in turmoil as Haider's party in government

MASS DEMONSTRATIONS and street fighting greeted the entry of the far right Freedom Party into the Austrian government on Friday of last week.

The voice of the damned

THE FILM of Graham Greene's novel The End of the Affair is due out this week. It will be interesting to see if it matches the quality of his novel, which was first published in 1951


LECTURERS AT Burnley College have voted decisively for strike action after two years of fruitless talks to renegotiate the contract imposed in 1993.

King, Gandhi and non-violent protest

MANY PEOPLE who yearn for an alternative to capitalism also hope there is a peaceful way to transform it...


THERE WAS anger among BT workers this week after the company announced it plans some 3,000 job cuts in managerial and professional grades...


AROUND 100 people lobbied the West Midlands Regional Council of UNISON in Birmingham last Saturday...


INDIA IS the third largest dam builder in the world. Since independence various Indian governments have built 3,300 dams. The resulting reservoirs have uprooted millions of people...

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