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Revolt erupts over pensions


Delegates did not confine themselves to muttered dissent in fringe meetings. They defeated the leadership in a high profile confrontation. The revolt over pensions rocked Tony Blair and chancellor Go...

We need to build action


On display at the conference was a mob of anti working class bigots and racists. The Tories can only get so much as a look in because New Labour has failed to take from the rich to give to public serv...

Israeli force crushes peace


This is the horror of the Israeli repression of the Palestinians shown at the start of this week. On the one side stands Israel, the US's biggest ally in the Middle East and one of the most militarise...

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Union buster's sterling work


NEW LABOUR has appointed a Tory trade union buster to be its secret "oil" tsar in charge of planning to break any future oil blockade. Jeffrey Sterling, now a Tory lord, is chair of the P&O shipping ...

Gearing up for battle


FORD WORKERS at Dagenham in Essex will start a strike ballot on 24 October The entire Dagenham workforce will gather at two mass meetings the day before. Thousand of jobs are under threat following ...

Round-up


* Rail workers staged a successful one-day national strike last week demanding a 6 percent pay rise. Electricity and gas workers were set to take action this week. Car workers at Renault and Peugeot h...

Student success


111 papers were sold on Glasgow's Argyle Street on Saturday, 93 in Leeds, 77 in Edinburgh, 60 in Wakefield and 46 in Greenock. Walsall sold out of 26 papers. 7 people joined the Socialist Workers Part...

Bumpy ride for Blair


So Blair, in his speech on Tuesday last week, attacked the Tories for playing the race card and tried to play up his government's reforming record. Jonathan Freedland, writing in the Guardian, noted "...

TAX THE RICH


Pay the pensioners 

The tax debate


THE TORIES have pledged to cut fuel tax. New Labour's first response was to say that this could mean less money for schools and hospitals. The reality is that both New Labour and the Tories have the ...

There's no hiding growing unease


That is the central lesson from this year's Labour Party conference. In the background was a succession of polls that showed the Tories in the lead. The leadership line was simply to repeat that the...

We must force Dewar to listen


So said a bin worker in Edinburgh as a second one-day strike by local government workers in Scotland rocked council bosses on Wednesday of last week. About 80,000 members of the UNISON union who work...

An example for everyone


THE IMPORTANCE of TGWU union leader Bill Morris speaking out for refugees at the recent TUC conference cannot be underestimated. What can be achieved to defend refugees was shown by a brilliant event...

Slick partners in government


PRIVATE EYE has revealed more links between New Labour and the oil companies. Blair appointed Shell chairman Mark Moody-Stuart to chair the Renewable Energy Task Force in July. The only thing Shell ...

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New Labour doesn't represent us Hear our socialist alternativeBranches of the Socialist Workers Party are holding public meetings next Wednesday and Thursday Phone 020 7538 5821 for details...

A left mood against euro


THE PRESS in Britain were expecting voters in Denmark to reject joining the European single currency in Thursday's referendum. Some of the media claimed an anti-euro result would show the Scandinavia...

Socialist Worker appeal


"I read Socialist Worker every week. It gives lots of useful information on world, local news and industry. I would advise every worker to read it."* Rod Finlayson-TGWU shop steward at the engine ...

Cars and the environment


THE government and some environmentalists claim that the fuel tax is a measure to protect the environment and slow down global warming. The oil companies and sections of the right suggest that global...

What attitude do socialists take?


These small businessmen and the self employed belong to a social group known as the "petty bourgeoisie", from the French term for "small capitalists". Typically they are in transport, construction, ...

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