Solidarity - articles before 22 November 2002

"Cover your heads", SWP tells protest women


Lynne Moffat

Solidarity 3/6, 30 April 2002.

I attended a picket on Saturday 27 April outside the Israeli embassy in High Street Kensington. My previous experience of pickets there had been primarily of ones organised bv the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, but supported by other organisations who also take a two state position on the Middle East conflict. I was somewhat shocked by some of the things I saw and heard on this picket.

Robert Howard-Perkins

It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected death of Rob Howard-Perkins. Rob died in December following a short illness. He was 35.

Where now for Brazil?

The Workers' Party in power

Swiss socialist Charles-Andre Udry, in an article from late December 2002, looks at the prospects for the Lula government
The Lula government:

The politics of the FBU dispute

In the last issue of Solidarity Chris Jones, former Merseyside FBU brigade chair and a member of the Revolutionary Democratic Group, looked at the background to the dispute. In this article he analyses the politics of the dispute. The article was written before the FBU suspended their strike action

A 'new' Labour was clearly in evidence in the FBU's dealings with councillors and in disputes in areas like Merseyside long before New Labour was elected nationally.

Industrial news in Brief

  • Airport staff plan walkout
  • Sacked drivers reinstated
  • Rhyl sit-in continues
  • Taxpayer to cover rail firms' strike costs

Airport staff plan walkout

Specially trained firefighters and security workers at seven UK airports owned by BAA plan to strike on November 28, December 2, 10, 15 and 23 and January 2.

The 2,500 members of the Transport and General Workers Union voted 2-1 in favour of walkouts in protest at a pay offer of 1.7% plus £150.

Public sector pay

  • London teachers to strike on 26 November
  • Further education: now build on the action

London teachers' strike on 26 November
By a London NUT member

Teachers have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in London for the second time this year.

Members of the NUT voted by four to one to take strike action on 26 November over the cost of working in London. The NUT held a successful day of strike action on the issue in March.

PCS London benefits strike backs victimised reps

Chris Ford is secretary of the Central and West London Branch of the Public and Commercial Services Union in the Department for Work and Pensions. Along with fellow rep Phil Henry he is facing disciplinary proceeding and the threat of the sack.

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