Solidarity 070, 31 March 2005

Would you vote for this man?

Submitted by AWL on 20 March, 2007 - 10:16

Performance data:
• Spoke in 0 debates in the last year — 646th out of 659 MPs.
• Asked 0 written questions in the last year — 545th out of 659 MPs.
• This MP never rebels against their party — 630th out of 649 MPs.

Which MP does this verdict, from, describe? Some Blairite hack, no doubt? In fact it is the self-proclaimed arch-rebel, George Galloway.

Workers' news round-up

Submitted by AWL on 1 April, 2005 - 6:21

News from working-class movements around the world.


Around 75,000 people marched in Brussels on 19 March calling for a stronger social Europe, with more and better jobs, and protesting against the neo-liberal Bolkestein directive.

The Bolkestein or Services directive would mean that companies could effectively choose which European country’s laws to follow and whose enforcement regime to abide by.

Large delegations came from France and Germany, and smaller delegations from other European Union countries.

Fight for health and safety worldwide!

Submitted by AWL on 1 April, 2005 - 6:15

In 2003 there were 235 deaths and nearly 160,000 non-fatal injuries from accidents in UK workplaces. Deaths from asbestos are likely to reach 150,000 over the next 30 years. Yet it is more than 200 years since the first protective legislation on health and safety — the 1802 “Health and Morals of Apprentices Act” — was passed. How far has the protection of health and safety at work improved? How effective is protective legislation?

Travellers: Tories play a race card

Submitted by AWL on 1 April, 2005 - 6:12

Earlier this month Michael Howard unveiled some spectacularly crude propaganda against travellers, alleging that Roma and other travelling people are given preferential treatment over the settled community when it comes to planning permission. This is because of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, incorporated into

A socialist challenge in Nottingham East

Submitted by AWL on 1 April, 2005 - 6:10

In 2001 Pete Radcliff stood for the now defunct Socialist Alliance in Nottingham East. He polled over one thousand in the constituency (one of the best SA results in the country).

This time round Pete will be standing in the name of the Socialist Green Unity Coalition.

This is a coalition of five left groups. The key idea of the campaign is to to give a voice to the mass of working class people who have been betrayed by New Labour by highlighting issues such as pensions, education, asylum, health, crime, trade unions, environment and war.

PCS must get back on track

Submitted by AWL on 1 April, 2005 - 6:07

The general secretary of the civil service union PCS was a rank and file militant and is considerably to the left of most general secretaries. The union’s national executive is dominated by Left Unity — an alliance of socialist groups and left-wing independents. PCS was key to putting together the public sector-wide action over pensions.

On the face of it there is not a more left wing-led union in Britain or one less likely to call off a strike, especially one ostensibly over pay and jobs as well as pensions.

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