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One day general strike to defend the NHS

IN the last two months the trade union movement and NHS professional organisations have been forced to take serious notice of the deepening crisis...

Boycott Israel after Gaza massacres

ISRAEL faced widespread international condemnation over the killing of eight Palestinian civilians on Friday, including three children while they picnicked on a Gaza beach....

TRADE UNIONISTS MURDERED FOR DEFENDING WORKERS’ RIGHTS – ICFTU report

ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTEEN trade unionists were murdered for defending workers’ rights in 2005, while more than 1,600 were subjected to violent assaults and some 9,000 arrested,...

Labour continues NHS privatisation offensive!

LABOUR Health Minister Burnham yesterday officially launched the extended choice network, a new extended list of hospitals and clinics, that include 15 private treatment...

Blair’s great pensions robbery

LABOUR’S ‘pensions revolution’ is a major attack on the working class, the elderly and the youth. The origin of the ‘revolution’ is not that the...

‘WE’RE SUFFERING BUT WE WILL WIN’ say Gate Gourmet workers

THE Gate Gourmet locked-out workers May Day campaign team got great support from fellow Transport and General Workers Union members in west London bus...

BARNET NHS CRISIS – faces £31m cuts in 2006-07

Hospital trade unions and patient groups are demanding that the management of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust come clean on their plans...

Strike till CPE is withdrawn

More than 2,000 students meeting outside the entrance of Jussieu university in the centre of Paris yesterday afternoon voted virtually unanimously to strike until...

FRENCH UNIONS REFUSE TO TALK WITH GOVERNMENT – until CPE is...

LEADERS of France’s main trade union federations have refused to talk to the government until it withdraws the CPE (first job contract) that removes...

PAY CUTS & JOB CUTS! – Civil servants and nurses condemn...

Chancellor Gordon Brown delivered his 10th Budget yesterday featuring more tax cuts for the rich and pay cuts for the working class. Opening his speech...

‘Unite, Rise Up And Resist The Invaders’

President Saddam Hussein called on Iraqis to ‘unite, rise up and resist the invaders’, at his show trial yesterday. This prompted chief judge Rauf Abdel...

Picket Line Victory

GATE GOURMET locked-out workers won a victory yesterday, when they successfully carried out their picket at the Gate Gourmet plant front gate, despite a...

Bma Oppose Health Rationing

‘We are not against improving patient referral standards, but we are opposed to referral management to cut costs and ration treatment,’ British Medical Association...

Delphi workers rally against cuts in jobs, pay and healthcare!

UAW members in Flint, Michigan, announced last Tuesday they will be marching through the town against Delphi autoparts maker’s attack on their pay, healthcare...

Greek Phone-Tapping Storm

A political storm of the highest order has broken out in Greece over mass phone-tapping. This follows revelations, at a special press-conference last Thursday in...

‘BIG SUPPORT FOR US’ – In London region say Gate...

GATE GOURMET locked out workers are winning great support in the London Region TGWU, and attended a meeting earlier this week. Locked out worker...

Gate Gourmet Pickets Join Terminal 5 Strikers

WHILST out campaigning yesterday, Gate Gourmet workers, now locked out for almost six months, spoke out very angrily about the unsigned letter just received...

Afghan crisis – the Dutch won’t go so the Brits must...

YESTERDAY the Dutch parliament delayed its decision to send more than 1,000 Dutch troops to Afghanistan, as part of a NATO force, under British...

Pensions are now a revolutionary question

TUC leader, Brendan Barber, said yesterday in his gloom and doom-ridden New Year’s message that the Lord Adair Turner pensions report created ‘tough decisions’,...

Gate Gourmet locked-out workers are aiming for a New Year victory!

‘OUR fight is continuing and so is our picket,’ locked out Gate Gourmet worker Parmjit Bains told News Line yesterday. ‘We have rejected the Compromise...

Straw’s cover up for illegal MI6 actions in Greece exposed

Greek newspaper Proto Thema has named the MI6 chief at the British embassy in Athens, after he was accused of organising British and Greek...

‘WE’VE SEEN OFF THE COMPROMISE AGREEMENT’ say Gate Gourmet workers

‘THE Compromise Agreement is dead. We have seen it off’ said Nirmal Purewal TGWU shop steward and locked out Gate Gourmet worker. ‘This dispute...

BLAIR IS DESTROYING THE NHS – Part One – The privatisation...

ANYONE who has made a careful reading of Department of Health documents (see footnote) and considered the implication of the legislation can only come...

WORKERS CALL FOR A GENERAL STRIKE EVERY FRIDAY – to drive...

Over 100,000 workers and youth marched through Dublin last Friday as Ireland was shut down in support of Irish Ferries SIPTU trade union members...

Full support for the Gate Gourmet sacked workers demonstration

THIS Sunday December 4th the Gate Gourmet sacked workers will be marching through Southall to demand that every one of the 700 locked out...

Disband The Police Death Squads!

THE fact that armed police used internationally banned dum dum bullets, seven of which splintered, expanded and exploded inside the head of Jean Charles...

Three More US Marines Killed

Three more US marines were killed in western Iraq on Monday, the US military confirmed yesterday. All three, from the 2nd Marine Division, were taking...

ADULT EDUCATION UNDER ATTACK– funding crisis means sackings and course closures,...

Lower than expected college funding poses a severe threat to adult education and those who provide it, warns the latest edition of public sector...

Army Leaks Anti-Iraq War Propaganda

THE leaking of a Ministry of Defence poll commissioned by senior British army officers has acted as an antidote to the fatuous pro-war propaganda...

BRING OUT THE AIRPORT – urge Gate Gourmet workers

‘We are calling for the whole airport to come out, not just to support us but to defend themselves,’ Jaswinder Phal told News Line...

Brown Attacks Unions On Pay

In his keynote speech to the Labour Party Conference yesterday, Chancellor Gordon Brown declared for ‘New Labour renewed’. Assuming he will succeed Blair as...

Gadaffi – Swinging To The Right

THE swing to the right by the Libyan regime, led by Colonel Gadaffi, is now taking place at breakneck speed. The man who once...

ROYAL FREE BED CUTS! – 100 beds and a number of...

London UNISON health convenor Geoff Martin yesterday slammed plans by the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust to slash up to 100 beds and close...

POLICE RAID ON NOTTING HILL – stun grenades used by armed...

Yesterday, police said that two more of the alleged 21 July would-be London bombers were now in custody after a series of armed raids...

PNA appeals for ‘calm’ during Gaza pullout

Amid a flurry of diplomatic visits aimed at securing a smooth Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and military escalation by the Israeli Occupation...

Karzai calls for rethink, as Taleban attacks mount

THE Afghan ‘government’ has called for a rethink of the US-led fight against the Taleban, after heavy casualties to civilians caused by US air...

Troops Out Of Iraq By Christmas Says Unison Conference

Delegates at UNISON’s National Delegate Conference in Glasgow voted overwhelmingly yesterday to demand British and US troops are withdrawn from Iraq by the end...

Labour policy is pauperising graduates

FIFTY EIGHT per cent of graduates find they are still relying on their parents for financial support three years after graduation, a survey commissioned...

UK ‘control orders’ are illegal says EU rights body

EVEN the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Alvaro Gil-Robles has condemned the issuing of control orders by the British Home Secretary as...

Labour and the bosses knifing pensions and pensioners

A SURVEY from pensions advisers Origen published yesterday shows that companies are continuing to either close their final salary pensions schemes or end admission...

Capitalism can’t afford common retirement age or decent pensions

CAPITALIST Britain is being driven backwards, not forwards by the deepening crisis of capitalism and the policies of the Blair-Brown Labour government, dedicated to...

Defend the NHS and the Welfare State!

YESTERDAY key Blairite cabinet ministers, Blunkett and Hewitt, launched a massive attack on the Welfare State. Hewitt promised to use the NHS budget to...

Britain Heads For Revolutionary Situation

BRITAIN is now being run by a weakened and discredited Blair government, which is however determined to speed up its right wing course and...

Blair listens only to the bosses

PRIME Minister Blair, despite all his vows about listening to the people – made outside 10 Downing Street on the day after the general...

Stop Treating University Staff As Second-Class Citizens

AUT general secretary Sally Hunt is launching a manifesto for academic-related staff in Manchester on 12 May calling for more pay, reduced hours and...

Points-based immigration system launched!

TORY Home Secretary Priti Patel launched the UK’s first ‘points-based immigration system’ yesterday. The new system will come into force on New Year’s Day, immediately...