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Debt ‘relief’ deal will mean privatisation and attacks on workers’ conditions

10 September 2005
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is about to unleash an economic nightmare on Iraq, warn debt campaigners Jubilee Iraq.

Reports round-up

10 September 2005
Fight over pay and reprivatisation The RMT union is balloting 1,350 members on South East Trains for strikes to protect pay and conditions at the firm, which faces reprivatisation next year.

Post workers rally against privatisation

10 September 2005
Over 400 postal workers rallied in London on Wednesday against plans for privatisation and "liberalisation".

Neo-liberalism is central to Japanese election

20 August 2005
Hundreds of activists and rank and file trade unionists in front of the MPs' Chamber near Japanese Parliament cheered and applauded when they heard the announcement "Vote for Post Privatisation Bill, 108. Vote against, 125". It was on 8 August, in between the memorial days of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Postal workers make a date to join the fight against privatisation

13 August 2005
The future of the Post Office as a viable public service will be decided in the next few months.

Blow for Blair in his own backyard

30 July 2005
The fight against the privatisation of council homes gained a significant victory in Tony Blair’s own constituency last week.

Prepare for post privatisation battle

30 July 2005
THE GOVERNMENT has given the clearest indication yet that it is going to privatise the post. It won’t admit it is privatisation, but all the indications are that ministers are ready to end the Royal Mail’s present structure.

How hospital workers coped with London bombing victims — despite cuts and privatisation

16 July 2005
Health workers were another group of emergency service workers who performed tirelessly last week to save lives.


09 July 2005
Today’s housing struggle Council tenants in Bow, east London, are angry at being blackmailed and rushed into a ballot for privatisation of their estates by Tower Hamlets council.

Unison conference — rocky road for the right wing

02 July 2005
Unison's national delegate conference, held in Glasgow last week, saw the union commit itself to a series of tough policies over privatisation, pensions and opposition to the Labour government’s domestic agenda.

Defend Sefton activists

25 June 2005
Two Unison union activists who have been suspended for opposing council house privatisation in Sefton on Merseyside spoke out at the launch of the MPs’ report and made an appeal for solidarity from other trade unionists.

CWU conference — crunch point coming on post privatisation pay and sell-off

25 June 2005
The debates over the CWU postal and telecom union’s relations with the Labour Party continued to run throughout its conference last week.

Fighting to keep a roof over our heads

18 June 2005
One million children in Britain live in poor quality housing. Council house building has practically ceased and millions of people are too poor to buy a home. Millions more live in fear of a rise in interest rates that will make their mortgage unpayable. New Labour has no solution to the crisis except sell-offs and privatisation. But past struggles show how we can fight back.

Sefton: a key battle against victimisation

11 June 2005
WORKERS AT Sefton council on Merseyside have voted to ballot for industrial action over the victimisation of two union officials and four shop stewards for opposing privatisation of council housing.

Mass arrests as military cracks down on Pakistani telecom workers anti-privatisation struggle

11 June 2005
In a military crackdown hundreds of Pakistan Telecom Corp Limited (PTCL) workers have been arrested across the country. According to the PTCL Workers Action Committee, 1,500 have been arrested since Saturday 11 June, when the government announced that the telecom sell off will start on 18 June.

'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.

Strike against telecom privatisation in Pakistan

04 June 2005
A massive strike by telecom workers in Pakistan is threatening to derail the government’s privatisation programme which would cut up to 4.2 million phone lines. Over the last two weeks over 55,000 workers at the Pakistan Telecom Company Limited (PTCL) have been involved in strike action. The government’s first response was to postpone the privatisation in the hope of demobilising the workers, and then to announce that privatisation was back on. At the time of writing, the unions had just announced the resumption of the strike.

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.

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.

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