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Leaders face echo of anger

02 October 2004
THE Tenants’ fight to stop council housing privatisation was carried to the centre of the political agenda at Labour’s national conference.

Cuts, privatisation and anti-union laws—the Liberal Democrat way

02 October 2004
IN POWER the Lib Dems live up to their talk of "tough liberalism" and "the supremacy of the free market".

'Blair wants to dump us on the scrapheap'

18 September 2004
MORE PRIVATISATION and further attacks on working people are what lie in store from a third term Labour government.

New Labour plans to phone its friends

11 September 2004
IF YOU love big business and privatisation, New Labour’s forthcoming party conference in Brighton is the place for you.

The corporate greed behind the superbugs

07 August 2004
PILES OF rubbish, blood and vomit left on floors, filthy wards—that is the legacy of privatisation in Britain’s hospitals.


31 July 2004
WORKERS IN BBC Technology were set to strike this week in protest at privatisation.

Minister’s shocking revelations

31 July 2004
TWO MONTHS ago Tory-controlled Taunton Deane Borough Council met and voted to pursue a costly consultation over housing stock transfer (privatisation).

84 percent for action at BBC

17 July 2004
MEMBERS OF the Bectu broadcasting union at the BBC have voted overwhelmingly for strikes against the privatisation of the corporation’s information technology operation, BBC Technology.

Haringey council running scared as tenants turn down private options

17 July 2004
HARINGEY COUNCIL in north London got a shock from the results of its roadshow to promote housing privatisation.

‘The government plans are a Trojan horse for privatisation in the NHS’

10 July 2004
WHEN PATIENTS come to me, the one thing they want is to get better.

Any choice, as long as it's privatisation

03 July 2004
NOWHERE IS New Labour’s hypocrisy over "choice" in public services clearer than over housing.

Government ministers thrown onto back foot

26 June 2004
CAMPAIGNERS against council house privatisation were cheered to see New Labour forced into another U-turn last week. The government has pledged to get all council homes to a decent standard by 2010.

Victory against housing sell-offs

27 May 2004
COUNCIL TENANTS in Kingston in south west London have voted against the sell-off of their homes. In another blow to the government's attempts to blackmail tenants to accept privatisation as the only way of getting improvements, 63 percent of tenants voted against the sell-off on a 65 percent turnout.

Respect mayoral candidate Lindsey German: 'my vision for London'

01 May 2004
What we need in London is a voice for all the people who feel that we need fundamental change in the way the city operates. These people feel there is something wrong with a society which sees its priorities as spending money on war and privatisation rather than helping the poorest people and public services.

Tenants shatter sell-off scheme

20 March 2004
COUNCIL TENANTS in Wrexham have delivered another hammer blow to the government's drive to privatise council homes. Over 13,000 tenants of the North Wales council have decisively rejected privatisation in a ballot.


13 March 2004
PORTERS AND domestic staff at Bolton and North Manchester general hospitals (part of the same trust) have voted to strike. They work for ISS Mediclean, a multinational which has profited from the privatisation of the NHS.

War on Want

06 March 2004
OVER 400 people gathered in London last weekend for a conference organised by War on Want on "Privatisation, Power and Poverty". At the opening session author Susan George said that in addition to the "three Ps" of the conference title, we needed to add another one-profits.


28 February 2004
PORTERS AND domestic staff at North Manchester General Hospital are balloting for strike action over pay. They are employed by multinational ISS Mediclean, which is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the creeping privatisation of the NHS.

Strikes spread across Europe

31 January 2004
PRIVATISATION, LOW pay and job cuts are provoking resistance across Europe. The last week has seen a rash of strikes and protest.

World Social Forum in Mumbai: many battles, one enemy

24 January 2004
"Stop privatisation". "No war in South Asia". "Dalit untouchable rights". "Debt domination is human rights violation". "Power to the people". "Another world is possible". "Free Palestine". "A socialist world is possible".

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