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Privatisation


'Non' to Blairism — France's vote was a victory for the left

04 June 2005
Working people in France have delivered a defiant no to privatisation, neo-liberalism and Blairite policies across Europe.

Sefton council attack on union after betrayal over housing

28 May 2005
Sefton Council in Merseyside has suspended two full time union officials and four shop stewards for opposing the privatisation of council housing.

Blair restarts his war at home

21 May 2005
Despite Tony Blair’s reduced majority, ministers seem determined to step up the pace of "modernising" reforms in the NHS — with wholesale privatisation of healthcare and wider "freedoms" for foundation hospitals.

Lights, camera, industrial action as staff walk out at BBC

21 May 2005
Unions at the BBC have announced four days of joint strike action against 3,800 job cuts and the programme of privatisation announced by director-general Mark Thompson.

Postal workers demand action over privatisation

21 May 2005
Postal workers have demanded tough action from their CWU union leaders in response to signs that the government and bosses at Royal Mail may be taking giant strides towards privatisation of the post.

Privatisation plan for the Royal Mail on the agenda

14 May 2005
Tony Blair took some big hits at the election, but that has not halted his mission to be "unremittingly New Labour" in the third term.

RMT takes on fight over rail privatisation

05 May 2005
The march organised by the RMT rail union from Glasgow to London demanding the renationalisation of the industry reached the capital last Saturday.

Rail Against Privatisation march

23 April 2005
The RMT rail workers’ union launched its Rail Against Privatisation march in Glasgow last Saturday.

Coming events

23 April 2005
Friday 15-30 AprilRMT Rail Against Privatisation march from Glasgow to London. London rally Saturday 30 April. For details go to <a href="http://www.rmt.org.uk" target = "_blank">www.rmt.org.uk</a>

Rail workers round-up

16 April 2005
The long march begins This Saturday sees the start of the RMT transport union’s mobile demonstration and campaign against the privatisation of our railways. It will visit 15 British cities, for meetings and events.

Repression used to enforce free market economics in Egypt

16 April 2005
Egypt was the very first Third World state to embark on wholesale policies of privatisation.

Aid money flows to the water privateers

02 April 2005
The British government is using international aid money to promote the privatisation of water and sanitation services across the world.

It’s our party — make it yours...

19 March 2005
Build the movement Whether in opposition to war, racism or privatisation, we have thrown ourselves into building the biggest mobilisations possible. The last few years have shown how the actions of ordinary people through strikes, protests and everyday resistance provide hope for transforming our world. We believe the greater this movement, the greater the chance of putting an end to the global dominance of capitalism and war.

Ukraine’s oranges turn bad

19 March 2005
The revolution has been privatised. Although the upheaval in Ukraine was driven by disgust at the authoritarianism and corruption of Leonid Kuchma’s regime, those who assumed leadership have very quietly, but very rapidly, embarked on an agenda of International Monetary Fund (IMF) restructuring and privatisation.

Egyptian textile workers strike

05 March 2005
AROUND 450 workers at the Qaliub ESCO textile factory began their second strike on Sunday 13 February in protest at the privatisation of their company.

Private firms profit from NHS scans

26 February 2005
The government is to hand £1 billion of NHS money to private companies to provide scans and medical tests to the health service. Health secretary John Reid announced the privatisation of diagnostic tests, including the MRI scans that are important in diagnosing serious conditions, as part of measures to reduce NHS waiting lists last week.

Postal workers

29 January 2005
THE POSTAL workers’ CWU union has received information that Catford and Lewisham Crown post offices in south London are being considered for privatisation. The prospective buyers have visited the offices to measure them up and assess the viability of the proposed sale.

Workers’ struggles shake the dictator

22 January 2005
AN ALLIANCE of two major unions, and support from the mid-level leaders of major political parties, has come together to increase the power of workers fighting against privatisation.

Bringing in the corporate leeches

22 January 2005
Tony Blair has promised that Labour’s election manifesto will "drive through the market based reforms in the health service". But the privatisation of our NHS isn’t simply a threat for the future—it’s happening now.

‘War and trade are still key issues for the movement’

22 January 2005
IN THE past year, the movement against war and corporate globalisation has continued to grow, especially at the national level, where movements are directly defending workers’ and farmers’ livelihoods by reclaiming land and campaigning against privatisation and trade liberalisation. In many parts of the world, from Bolivia to Thailand, social movements have successfully pressed their governments to reconsider or change economic policies.

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