Keep taking the tablets? Anon Fri, 10/08/2004 - 22:08

By Mike Fenwick

A recent Panorama programme exposed the growing concerns over the procedures by which drugs are licensed for use in Britain.

It has been long known that the pharmaceutical industry and medicine have close links. You can’t go into many GP surgeries without noticing the free stationery, calculators, pens, “educational” posters and leaflets adorned with the logo of a particular drug or company.

Casual workers can organise! Anon Fri, 10/08/2004 - 21:51

December 2000 saw the first “hamburgrève” in Paris, when the young, mostly casual workers at the McDo (McDonald’s) restaurant on Boulevard Saint-Germain went on strike. The next fast food chain hit by worker unrest was Pizza Hut. A leading figure in these conflicts was Abdel Mabrouki, now aged 31.

Review article: Neither “liberal” armies nor terror

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2004 - 9:34

Paul Berman’s book Terror and Liberalism is a New York Times bestseller. It is an argument from within — broadly speaking — the left in favour of the war on terror, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, etc. Clive Bradley critically examines that argument.

Radiographers reject Agenda for Change

Submitted by Anon on 8 October, 2004 - 9:34

By a UNISON healthworker

The 16,000-strong Society of Radiographers has rejected in a ballot the proposed new pay deal for the NHS, Agenda for Change (AfC). 83% voted no on a 67% turnout. As Solidarity went to press delegates from UNISON health branches were due to meet on 7 October to decide a recommendation for their union’s ballot on the issue. Amicus was also preparing to consult members on the deal.

Officials of all three unions want to see the deal accepted, but the membership is not convinced, and rightly so.

"Jews for a Just Peace" calls on Israeli soldiers to refuse

Submitted by AWL on 7 October, 2004 - 12:06

Statement from European Jews for a Just Peace: The silence of the International community in the face of the carnage wrought by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza strip is unbearable.

Coming so soon after Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, the decision to style the operation “Days of Penitence” compounds the outrage.

Labour Party conference debates Iraq

Submitted by Janine on 6 October, 2004 - 9:32

At this year's Labour Party Conference there was a collective amnesia about the split in the party on the issue of the War in Iraq. Delegates who opposed the war got up to say that we must all leave this behind and all pull together to rebuild Iraq. Unions that had opposed the war agreed an NEC Statement, carried overwhelmingly, that firmly shut away the destabilising aspects of Blair's decision to go to war on Iraq. A critical motion that called for a date to be set for an early withdrawl of troops was defeated approx 80% to 20%, with the vote in the Union section even higher: 90% to 10%.