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Hackney BIN WORKERS and street cleaners in Hackney, east London, have forced the council to back off from 40 compulsory job cuts. The 280 workers had been set to take strike action for two days this week. The workers had threatened to escalate to all-out action in the beginning of September.


HUNDREDS OF workers at a BAE Systems plant, formerly British Aerospace, near Manchester have voted to take strike action over pay. The 620 workers at the Woodford factory in Greater Manchester voted by a huge 93.95 percent for strike action.


SOME 120 workers for British Gas Services in London held a strike last week in a dispute over pay. The engineers, members of the GMB union, are demanding the firm pays all the workers the £100 inner London allowance which only a section of the workforce gets.

Galbraith must go

"HOW CAN he sit there smugly and say it is not his fault?" That was the response of 15 year old Fiona White from Dundee to news that the minister responsible for the exam fiasco in Scotland, Sam Galbraith, has no intention of resigning.

Chance to kick the councils over pay

They are fighting against scandalously low pay. The mostly women council workers, members of the UNISON union, do jobs ranging from admin to social work, cleaning to catering. One council worker explained, "For years we have seen our pay fall when compared to other workers. People have suffered massive cuts. It's just a feeling that enough is enough."

Inside the beast

McDONALD'S IS a symbol of global capitalism. The ruthless corporation now has 27,000 outlets in 119 countries. It is also hell to work in. Socialist Worker spoke to a McDonald's worker ...

Blair's Britain

* KEVIN Renshaw hanged himself after being made redundant from the factory where he had worked for 23 years. He and 250 other workers were made redundant in June. Friends say he was depressed at the ...

Teachers warned exam meant chaos

The Scottish Qualifications Authority, the quango responsible for administering the exams, announced this week that it was re-checking the results of 147,000 pupils who have just sat their end of scho

Relentless fighter for a better world

Trotsky had dedicated his whole life to the fight against inequality and oppression, and for international socialism. In February 1940, just months before his murder, he wrote: "If I had to begin all ...

Witch-hunts whipped up by the affluent

"SALEM-ON-SEA." That was the image that came to mind last week as a crowd rampaged through the Portsmouth suburb of Paulsgrove, driving innocent people on a supposed list of alleged paedophiles ...

Every nuclear sub is a threat

OVER 100 Russian sailors were trapped in a sunken nuclear submarine as Socialist Worker went to press. The accident which sent the sub to the bottom of the Barents Sea underlines just how dangerous...

Fraudsters that Blair will let into the NHS

OBSERVER journalist Nick Cohen last week exposed the rotten record of the US private health outfit hoping to cash in on new Labour's drive to privatise more of the NHS. In May HCA took over the

'Stop killng our people'


Reality behind the American dream

PRESS COVERAGE of the US Democratic Party convention was dominated by the speeches of president Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Al Gore. But as Clinton was speaking, outside the convention...

How the hysteria erupted

THE PAULSGROVE estate in Portsmouth has been at the centre of the furore around sexual abuse of children over the last fortnight. Five families have been driven off the estate after demonstrators fals

Hague's taste

WILLIAM Hague's claim that he drank 14 pints of beer a day in his youth received much publicity. The same interview also revealed an expensive taste in clothes. The total cost of his suit, tie...

The main dangers that face children

TO JUDGE by much of the media you would think that paedophiles are the main danger to children. They are not. Each year about 80 children are murdered-73 of them will be killed by their parents

Driven to suicide in 'Dickensian' jail

PHILLIP GRIFFIN was just 17 when he died. He was the latest young person to take his own life while locked up in the hell of Britain's young offenders' institutions. Conditions are so bad that last...

Labour activists leave in droves

BOB THOMSON, former treasurer of the Scottish Labour Party, summed up the feelings of thousands of traditional Lab

SWP news

Other workplace sales included 15 at the social services HQ in Sheffield, 7 at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds, and 6 at both Westbourne Park bus garage in west London and the social services office in Le

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