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UNISON to call national demonstration on pensions

‘THE threat we made to the government still stands – revoke the order or there will be a strike on pensions,’ UNISON NEC member...

Islamic Jihad slams hostile US statements

THE statements by American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her visits to Tel Aviv and Ramallah are ‘aggressive and anti-Palestinian’, the Palestinian resistance...

Live8 won’t comment on ‘don’t attack Bush’ line

YESTERDAY the PR company representing Live8, LD Publicity, refused to deny media allegations that Bob Geldof, the Live8 movement’s leader, had a soft spot...

‘WE WILL STRIKE TO DEFEND PENSIONS’ – UNISON leader Prentis pledges

‘WE will take strike action, across all our sectors, to defend our pensions,’ UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis pledged at the union’s National Delegate...

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...

‘WE ARE LOSING IN IRAQ’ says US Senator Chuck Hagel

Leading Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has warned the US is ‘losing in Iraq’. He slammed the George W Bush administration’s Iraq policy as ‘disconnected from...

RAF planes bomb Iraq/Syria border areas

ROYAL Air Force Tornado fighter bombers have joined the US air force in bombing raids in Iraq’s western Al Anbar province, particularly in the...

STOP POACHING AFRICA’S DOCTORS AND NURSES – urge BMA and RCN

Doctors’ and nurses’ leaders have written letters to Prime Minister Blair and Chancellor Brown urging Britain and other G8 nations to stop poaching doctors...

REBUILD WORKERS’ POWER – UFCW tells ‘Change to Win’ conference

THE following is a statement by Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, made at the ‘Change To...

Blair And Brown Crippling African Health Care!

THE current Blair drive to have Gordon Brown and himself depicted in the media as the saviours of the African continent has hit the...

World Crisis Blowing US Trade Union Leaders Apart

THE American workers are facing major problems, caused by the deepening crisis of the world capitalist system. Among these problems are the export of millions...

MPs defend council housing – report condemns government plans

The House of Commons Council Housing Group of MPs from all parties yesterday launched its report Support for the Fourth Option for Council Housing. This...

House nuisance neighbours in containers says Field

LABOUR’S war against the working class and the poor continues, with Birkenhead MP Frank Field advocating that nuisance neighbours should be evicted and ‘housed’...

5 WARDS AND 300 STAFF FACE THE AXE – in Lincolnshire...

Staff at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust have been shocked by the sudden announcement on Monday of plans to close five hospital wards and...

GOLD AND DOLLARS SMUGGLED OUT OF IRAQ – as insurgency escalates

The Islamic Army in Iraq last Sunday, in a videotape, claimed responsibility for an attack with an explosive device against a US foot patrol...

Russian Ambassador In Talks With Al-Sadr

The Russian ambassador to Iraq yesterday flew to Najaf and started talks with leading Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who led the uprising against US...

Blair demands end of EU farm subsidies

THE knives are out between the British ruling class and its Franco-German opposite numbers. The press conference at the end of Blair’s visit to Moscow,...

UK citizen must be freed – being held illegally in Iraq...

Today, the case of a British citizen detained without charge in Basra by UK Forces since 10 October 2004 will be heard in the...

Ten-hour day for schoolkids!

AT ONE time it used to be said that British workers were working such long hours that they did not have an opportunity to...

US casualties in Iraq ‘unacceptable’ – say 75 per cent of...

A US Humvee was destroyed when an explosive charge went off on Wednesday near a US forces convoy in the Al-Rustamiyah area, southeast of...

Labour Set To Drive Workers Off The Roads

ALISTAIR Darling, the Labour government transport minister, yesterday unveiled the government’s plan to drive millions of working class drivers off the roads with a...

BMA leader lashes private treatment centres

YESTERDAY Paul Miller, chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Consultants Committee launched an unprecedented attack on the government over the introduction of private...

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...

Greek bank workers strike over pensions

Yesterday tens of thousands of bank workers were on strike throughout Greece for the second day of a two-day strike called by their union...

Glasgow Unemployment Crisis

Targets set by ministers for agencies trying to get Scotland’s long-term unemployed off benefits are making the problem worse, not better. That is the finding...

Stop Child Deportations

‘A Rochdale head teacher, Jed Morgan, and the families of refugee children, travelled to London yesterday in a bid to stop the deportation of...

KEEP UP THE PRESSURE – say BBC workers

Alun Pugh, Minister for Culture, the Welsh Language and Sport, last Friday faced tough questions about the future of BBC Wales and stated that...

Charge Harry Stanley’s Killers!

THE uncovering of ‘new’ forensic evidence by the Surrey constabulary has led to the arrest of the two police officers who shot dead Harry...

NHS PRIVATISATION BY STEALTH – BMA accuses Blair government

The Blair government is trawling Europe for health privateers to carry out elective operations in the NHS, the British Medical Association yesterday revealed in...

Security Council extends Iraq occupation mandate

THE imperialists and their Chinese and Russian stooges on the UN Security Council have extended the mandate of the US-led occupation armies in Iraq,...

French revolution stuns EU bosses and political leaders

THE 55 per cent vote, by the working class and the rural population of France against the European Constitution, is a body blow to...

Dutch To Follow French Example

Dutch workers are ready to deal another blow to the bosses and bankers’ EU by following the example of the French and voting ‘NO’...

MORE PALESTINIANS KILLED – as America and Israel pressure PNA to...

WHILE the US was piling the pressure on Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to force the Palestine National Authority to disarm all the anti-occupation groups,...

BBC strikes ‘suspended’ but mass sackings to continue

IN a major climbdown the BBC trade union leaders have suspended, ie cancelled, next week’s 48-hour BBC strike and will be holding a meeting...

US-UK attack basic rights – says Amnesty Report

Amnesty International has accused the United States of effectively giving governments a licence to torture. In its annual report covering 2004, the human rights organisation...

‘WE’RE ON STRIKE AGAINST MANAGEMENT DICTATORSHIP’ say BBC workers

Over 11,000 BBC journalists and technicians took strike action last Monday over savage job cuts and privatisation announced unilaterally by Director-General Mark Thompson in...

Thousands join BBC unions to take strike action!

The BBC was gripped by the biggest strike in ten years yesterday, as over 11,000 journalists and technicians from all three BBC unions –...

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...

‘We’re fighting for the future of the BBC’

Picket lines are out at BBC sites across the country today as 10,000 workers from all three BBC unions – BECTU, NUJ and Amicus...

BOYCOTT ISRAEL! – demands Free Palestine rally

Over 5,000 members and supporters of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign last Saturday marched and rallied in central London under the banner of Free Palestine. The...

War of words between puppet Karzai and US

THE Afghan puppet president, Karzai, has gone to Washington and been forced, by rising Afghan anger, to publicly complain about the actions of the...

The US is being humiliated in Iraq – not Saddam

IT IS the United States of America that is being humiliated in Iraq and not Saddam Hussein. The idea that putting pictures – provided by...

ROYAL MAIL PRIVATISATION WILL BE RESISTED – says postal workers leader

A LONDON postal workers’ leader yesterday warned the government they will face massive opposition, if they go ahead and try to break Labour’s election...

US-UK’s man in Uzbekistan ‘slaughtering protesters like rabbits’

YESTERDAY the British Foreign Secretary Straw condemned the repressions by the Karimov regime in Uzbekistan. It has already killed 500 Uzbeks and is getting...

‘THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NHS’ – Professor Marks condemns Blair/Hewitt plans

‘This is really the destruction of the NHS,’ Vincent Marks, professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Surrey and a long-standing supporter of...

NUS gives full support for university strikes!

THE NATIONAL Union of Students (NUS) threw its weight behind the biggest ever wave of strikes on university campuses yesterday. The NUS pledged its solid...