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Youth reject a life in debt!

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AFTER almost 10 years of a Labour government under Prime Minister Blair, young people who get jobs after leaving university find they end up...

‘YOU WON’T BREAK MERSEYSIDE FBU’ – say strikers and supporters

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Over 7,000 striking Merseyside firefighters and their supporters marched through Liverpool last Saturday in a show of strength to demonstrate their determination to defeat...

Take mass action on September 21 to stop NHS privatisation

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UNISON members working for NHS Logistics will take two 24-hour strikes over the next two weeks to fight the Labour plan to privatise the...

Strike At NHS Logistics

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TWO 24-hour national strikes by staff at NHS Logistics were announced yesterday, after the workers voted 3-1 for action against the government’s plans to...

‘WE ARE HEADING FOR SERIOUS CONFLICT’ – over the NHS says...

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‘We are heading for a serious conflict,’ UNISON head of health Karen Jennings told News Line yesterday. She was referring to statements by the new...

20,000 Trade Unionists March Through Salonica

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SOME 20,00 Greek trade unionists and workers staged a militant demonstration last Saturday in the northern city of Salonica where the Prime Minister Kostas...

BMA condemns private management consultants

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THE British Medical Association (BMA) yesterday condemned the government for spending £171 million on private management consultants, who have been hired to advise NHS...

‘PAY US WHAT WE ARE OWED’ – say Whipps Cross strikers

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Nearly 300 porters, cleaners and switchboard staff employed by Rentokil Initial at Whipps Cross Hospital in East London began another three days of strike...

Call NHS Day of Action! – urges consultant surgeon

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HEALTH unions yesterday slammed the government’s announcement of six new Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospital projects costing £1.5 billion. Not only will the schemes...

£1,000 A Year Energy Bills!

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Consumer and pensioners organisations yesterday slammed massive inflation-busting gas and electricity price rises announced by energy giant Powergen. Watchdog Energywatch warned that consumers face...

18,000 NURSES FACE SACK! – says RCN

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‘The impact of deficits on NHS services and staff shows no sign of slowing down, with posts at risk of being lost to the...

Afl-Cio Forms Partnership With National Day Labourers!

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A NEW national partnership agreement signed yesterday by the AFL-CIO and the largest network of worker centres serving low-wage, often immigrant workers will help...

‘THIS RESOLUTION OPENS THE DOOR OF WAR FOREVER’ –says Nabih Birri,...

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LEBANESE Al-Manar Television on 6 August carried a live news conference given by Nabih Birri, Speaker of the Lebanese Chamber of Deputies...

Bank interest rate rise deepens capitalist crisis

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THE Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee raised its base rate by 0.25 per cent to 4.75 per cent yesterday. This was the first...

Hospital penalised for fast treatment

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UNISON Eastern regional head of health Geoff Reason yesterday condemned Labour over £2.5m in penalties imposed on Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust for treating patients...

‘CHARGES UNDERMINE THE NHS’ – urges consultant surgeon

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Trade unions yesterday slammed Labour’s privatisation policy in response to MPs’ criticism of the system of NHS charges. MPs on the House of Commons...

‘Charges Undermine The NHS’

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Trade unions yesterday slammed Labour’s privatisation policy in response to MPs’ criticism of the system of NHS charges. MPs on the House of Commons...

Southport NHS Mass Sackings

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Southport and Ormskirk UNISON health branch has launched a campaign with other health unions, Amicus, GMB, TGWU, the RCN and RCM against 33 compulsory...

Bma Reps Battle Leaders To Defend NHS At Annual Meeting

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THE British Medical Association’s Annual Representative Meeting (BMA’s ARM), June 2006 turned into a struggle between the leadership, which supports the government’s privatisation reforms,...

Massive Cuts In Ambulance Trusts

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THE latest NHS ‘reorganisation’ came into force last Saturday. This is the slashing of the number of Strategic Health Authorities in England from 28 to...

Call For Day Of Action At The Bma

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A FIERY and chaotic debate took place at the BMA Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) on Labour’s health policy yesterday. At it the ARM representatives strongly...

EGYPT AND JORDAN REJECT ISRAEL’S DEMANDS – to establish new borders

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Egypt and Jordan on Sunday announced their rejection of the Israeli government’s unilateral plan to demarcate the borders of the Jewish state inside the...

World crisis spurring on world revolution

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THE Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King has forecast that there is a bumpy road ahead for both the national and the...

GENERAL HOSPITALS MAY HAVE TO CLOSE says NHS Chief Executive Sir...

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Health service union UNISON yesterday condemned the suggestion by the acting NHS chief executive that whole district general hospitals will face closure. Warning of...

MIGRANTS HAVE RIGHTS – GMB warns bully bosses

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THE GMB yesterday at its annual Congress in Blackpool demanded that the owner of the American Dry Cleaning Company, Julian Stone, reinstate two...

15,000NURSES JOBS CUT – RCN submits its evidence to Health Committee

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The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on Tuesday submitted its evidence, highlighting the impact on patient services of Trust actions to manage their budgets,...

UK CONTINUED TO ERODE HUMAN RIGHTS IN 2005 – says Amnesty...

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In 2005, the UK ‘government continued to erode fundamental human rights, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, including by persisting...

‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’

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The Wind That Shakes The Barley Directed by Ken Loach Written by Paul Laverty Starring Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald On General Release from June...

NHS Staffing Concerns!

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NHS watchdog, the Healthcare Commission’s third annual survey of patients who stayed overnight in hospitals, reported that, overall, 92 per cent of patients said...

French And British Workers Unite To Fight Ryton Closure

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Over 400 French and British workers lobbying the Peugeot shareholders’ Annual General Meeting in Paris on Wednesday declared they are determined to fight the...

OXFORD NHS CRISIS! – 600 jobs to go at Radcliffe Hospital

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Public sector union UNISON yesterday reacted in shock and anger to the announcement by Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust that it plans to cut 600...

FRENCH AND BRITISH WORKERS UNITE – to keep Peugeot Ryton open

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‘Save Peugot Jobs!’ demanded over 400 French and British workers in Paris yesterday. Peugot workers and a delegation of Renault workers from across France joined...

NATFHE NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION ON JUNE 1st – after Northumbria suspends the...

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Northumbria University has stepped back from its decision to make immediate deductions of 100 per cent of pay from hundreds of lecturers belonging to...

‘DON’T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST OVERSEAS DOCTORS’ – BMA tells trust bosses

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The British Medical Association (BMA) last Wednesday, raised that overseas doctors are experiencing discrimination as a result of new immigration restrictions. Since last month, NHS...

Stena Plan For Cheap Labour Crews

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The proposal by Stena Line to introduce a low-waged Polish crew on their Stena Seatrader ferry on the Dublin/Holyhead route from next July was...

Nurses Call For National Strike Action To Defend The NHS

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NURSES and other National Health Service workers called for national strike action from all unions to defend the NHS last Thursday. RCN and UNISON health...

‘MUCH OF THE PRESENT CRISIS IS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OWN MAKING’...

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The UK’s midwifery service is facing crisis point, the General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives warned the Blair government on Wednesday. ‘With midwifery...

Occupy Vauxhall and Peugeot to defend jobs

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LAST May, MG Rover was closed without a struggle. Last month the closure of Peugeot was announced and this week we have been told...

Take Action To Defend The NHS! Statement By The All...

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THE government is cutting more than £1bn from NHS hospitals. All over the country, trusts are cutting staff, beds, operating theatres and services. The result...

WE’LL STRIKE ON PENSIONS! say the rail trade unions

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TENS of thousands of rail workers in dozens of infrastructure and operating companies are to be balloted for strike action. This is after employers...

‘TONY BLAIR SAID HE WOULD SEE ME ONLY IF I GAVE...

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OVER 100 bereaved relatives whose loved ones have been killed in the illegal war and occupation of Iraq were joined by MPs, peace campaigners...

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

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

End privatisation – dump the big business donors

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THE selling of peerages is an old tradition in England that goes well back before the days of Lloyd George. He had an established...

‘I WOULD DO THE SAME AGAIN’ says Flt Lt Kendall-Smith

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An RAF doctor found guilty yesterday of disobeying orders at a court martial after he refused to serve in Iraq, is to appeal against...

US plans to use nuclear bunker busters against Iran

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THE New Yorker has published an article by award winning journalist Seymour Hersh, that claims that the US administration of President G W Bush...