The Scottish Steering Committee of the SWP condemns the recent arrest of Tommy Sheridan on charges of perjury. We also deplore the manner in which he was arrested at his place of work and the harassment and intimidation suffered by his wife and young daughter as nine police officers searched their home on a Sunday afternoon.
Four postal workers have been sacked in Bristol as a result of events during the recent national strike. Two have been sacked at the South East delivery office (SEDO) after alleged clashes on the picket line.
Workers in Argos in the Republic of Ireland were set for their third 24-hour strike today (Tuesday) in a dispute that has seen Argos management flying in scabs from England to try and break the strike.
On 27 November, approximately 1,500 workers blocked the main trunk road leading out of the south China city of Dongguan. They work for Alco, a major Hong Kong based transnational company producing consumer electronics.
The "Children’s Plan" is a bold attempt by Gordon Brown’s allies to present a new child-friendly image. It will take time to digest it properly, since it contains hundreds of proposals, ranging from positive but token measures to others which are suspect and downright harmful.
The RMT rail union held a symbolic funeral outside London’s City Hall on Thursday of last week for the East London tube line – which is due to shut down this Saturday and reopen in 2010 managed by a private consortium. The privatisation plans are being pushed through by London mayor Ken Livingstone.
Pro-choice campaigners are preparing for a battle to defend abortion rights. Abortion rights have recently come under attack from two amendments put to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, currently in the House of Lords.