Solidarity 047, 4 March 2004

UN, Butler, Gun: Blair sinks deeper - Rally the unions! See him off!

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 9:10

"The Labour Representation Committee is a major initiative to take the Labour Party back to its grass roots in the Constituency Labour Parties and the trade unions, to re-establish democratic control of the Party by its rank and file."
John McDonnell MP

No to the Separation Wall! No to the suicide bombings!

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 9:08
  • Four Palestinians killed at Separation Wall
  • Life at the Separation Wall
  • Jerusalem suicide bomb
  • Stop the persecution of the Abnaa el-Ballad movement!

Four Palestinians killed at Separation Wall

On 26 February Israeli soldiers shot dead three young Palestinians who were demonstrating at the Separation Wall in the region of Biddu/Beit Surik. A fourth Palestinian died of a heart attack after soldiers threw tear gas.

Help us raise £30,000

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 9:08

Solidarity is virtually alone in putting the case for working-class political independence. We call for independent working-class representation, untainted by 'dirty money' and links to oppressive regimes. We only have our supporters to rely on.

We produce this paper on a shoestring. And like almost everyone on the planet we are saddled with debt.
That is why are launching a fund drive. We want to raise £30,000 by International Women's Day 2005.

Can you help us by:

University lecturers strike for better pay

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 9:08

In Manchester 400 students and lecturers marched together in support of the two-day strike on 25-26 February by the Association of University Teachers against their proposed pay deal, and against top-up fees for students in higher education. Across the country, the AUT strike had led to university departments shutting down and enthusiastic picketing by a normally non-militant group of workers.

Unions should stand up and be counted

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 9:06

Katharine Gun makes no claim to be a leader or even a supporter of the labour movement. She makes no general public political statements. She was a junior employee of the government's GCHQ spy centre, so it is unlikely that she is any sort of left-winger.

But she took risks in order to make a stand for what she thought was right.
She passed on to the media information about the USA's dirty tricks when it was trying to get a UN Security Council majority for the Iraq war.

Workers of the world Round-up

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 9:05
  • India: 30 million strike
  • Car workers strike in Brazil
  • Repression of Chinese workers

India: 30 million strike

Thirty million workers in India went on 24-hour strike last week to protest over a Supreme Court ruling that said government employees had no right to strike because it inconvenienced citizens and cost the state money.

Women in Iran: Where working is a 'privilege'

Submitted by Anon on 6 March, 2004 - 8:47

Plans for International Women's Day celebrations in Iran this year include a meeting of women's NGOs in Park Laleh in Tehran. Although the government has issued a permit for this protest, events in the last few days show the 'conservatives' keen to show their authority following the sham elections. A meeting of the 'Writers' Association' was banned, and reports from Tehran indicate that Islamic vigilantes are being used to enforce a more rigid form of hejab on women and young girls.

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