Labour Party leadership contest - it can, it should be done!

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 8:48

The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) have scoured the Labour Party rule book and found a way to force a leadership contest in the Labour Party. A way, that is, potentially, to get rid of Tony Blair as leader of the Labour Party!

In CLPD’s bulletin No.67, July 2004, they set out the rules to use.

TUC preview: for workers' rights - in words or deeds?

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 8:47

By Maria Exall

At this year’s TUC Conference, Brighton, from 13 September, there are several motions from a variety of unions on the issue of employment rights.

As in previous years these include many good positive demands, as well as the call for the abolition of anti union laws. This year, however, the unbiased observer may well be confused as to the intentions of those voting for these motions.

The trade union movement, led by the Big Four unions, will be supporting policies in September that they failed to support in July.

Chavez wins Venezuela referendum

Submitted by Janine on 5 September, 2004 - 8:45

By Paul Hampton

Hugo Chávez comfortably won the referendum on his presidency in Venezuela last month, strengthening his hold on power until the next presidential election in 2006.

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) announced that nearly five million (59%) voted “no” to a recall presidential election and to keep Chávez in power in the referendum on 15 August. The “yes” option obtained three and a half million votes, just under 41%.

Manchester Evening News journalists' dispute

Submitted by Janine on 3 September, 2004 - 5:08

from the National Union of Journalists. The owners of the Guardian - Britain's most liberal newspaper - are attacking the working conditions of their journalists in the northern city of Manchester. Please read on for the full story and how you can help...


Well over half of the journalists at the Manchester Evening News have submitted official individual grievances because of the paper's plans to launch a morning edition.

Management want to produce the new breakfast-time paper with no extra staff or resources.

Rebuild the unions!

Submitted by AWL on 1 September, 2004 - 6:54

The union movement has a marathon to run, but is performing at the level of an egg and spoon race.

At least the unions, for so long stuck fast in a swamp of partnership, have now started to move. In the last year or so, changes at the top of the unions and pressure from below have resulted in the TGWU, Amicus, GMB and Unison moving to get concessions from Blair. The TGWU has announced a new campaign to build up membership.

Nadia Mahmood on the left and Iraq

Submitted by martin on 1 September, 2004 - 12:16

Excerpts from a recent speech by Nadia Mahmood of the Worker-communist Party of Iraq arguing for a "third force" in Iraq:

Many sections of the left who do not have socialist perspectives no more believe in the power of workers and therefore rely on nationalist and Islamic movement to fight imperialism, regardless of the price or the interests that these movements represent...

Split in Iranian and Iraqi left

Submitted by martin on 1 September, 2004 - 12:00

The Worker-Communist Party of Iran has announced an important split. Below, some notes from a comrade in France who has followed events; for the statements of the two factions, see and

The documents of the two tendencies are currently in the process of translation. In the meantime, it is difficult to build up a clear picture of the situation and the positions concerned.