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Privatisation


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.

NHS

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.

NHS

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".

Let's come together to bury Blair

10 January 2004
THERE IS a message of hope for all those who want an end to war, privatisation and racism in the new year.

Uruguay

20 December 2003
A MAJOR attempt to privatise oil in Uruguay has been defeated in a national referendum. On 7 December some 62 percent of electors, 1.2 million people, voted against the privatisation of the state oil company.

Tube workers planning action over safety

06 December 2003
TUBE WORKERS were set to strike a blow for safety and against privatisation with a two-day go-slow next week.

Housing

06 December 2003
ABOUT 1,600 council tenants in TOLLINGTON, north Islington, have voted against the privatisation of their homes.

The Permanent Way: a play on the right track about rail privatisation

06 December 2003
"All over the world this year, we are seeing the same phenomenon of electorates waiting, bewildered or furious for their own leaders to catch up with them, and trying to understand the mystery of their refusal."

Go-slow to win safer rail for all

29 November 2003
TUBE WORKERS across all grades are to begin taking industrial action in a battle to restore safety standards following the imposition of the PPP privatisation scheme. The RMT union last week announced that 81 percent of its members had voted for industrial action and 55 percent for strikes over safety.

Anti-privatisation

29 November 2003
A DETERMINED campaign and the threat of industrial action has defeated an attempted partial privatisation of services at Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Unison branch chair Tony Wilson told Socialist Worker that the important campaign had lasted two and a half years.

Jarvis profits from disaster

29 November 2003
THE TORY candidate for London mayor, Steven Norris, is taking over as chairman of Jarvis, one of the top firms to benefit from privatisation. Jarvis faces an investigation into its maintenance of the rails at Potters Bar, scene of a fatal crash last year.

Cambridge

08 November 2003
AROUND A third of the undergraduates at King's College, Cambridge University, are expected to withhold their rent. This is despite the scare tactics used by the head of the college (who stood as a Tory in the 1997 parliamentary elections) and the college bursar (who was a key figure in the privatisation of the railways).

Nottingham is not for sale

25 October 2003
A PRIVATISATION threat hanging over Nottingham City Council housing has sparked protests from council workers and tenants. A 90-strong meeting was held at Nottingham's YMCA building to discuss how to fight off Nottingham City Council's housing plans. It started with the presentation of a 60-page report from Nottingham City Unison. "Nottingham is not for sale," was how the Unison officer summed up the report.

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