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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.

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.

‘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.

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.

Help free Matthews Ndlovu

18 December 2004
MATTHEWS NDLOVU, a South African activist fighting against privatisation, has been sentenced to two years in jail for "malicious damage to property".

Energy workers in their thousands take to the streets against privatisation

18 December 2004
TWO PROTESTS in Pakistan have shown growing opposition to the privatisation policies of General Musharraf’s military regime.

City Academies

11 December 2004
PARENTS AND pupils were on their way to a protest against the privatisation of their east London school under the government’s city academies’ scheme when they discovered the main sponsor was pulling out.

Calls for strike ballot over school privatisation plan

20 November 2004
MEMBERS OF all the unions at Glenbrook Primary School in Lambeth, south London, have voted unanimously for a ballot for strike action against plans to turn it into a city academy for five to 19 year olds.

Hamlets for decent housing

13 October 2004
TOWER HAMLETS Respect activists have shown their support for direct investment in council housing, and their opposition to privatisation and stock transfer housing schemes.


09 October 2004
MPs IN the House of Commons council housing group have called for a moratorium on local authorities pushing ahead with privatisation of council housing.

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.

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