Solidarity 050, 20 April 2004

UNISON Conference: Organise now to stop Agenda for Change!

Submitted by Anon on 27 April, 2004 - 8:56

By Anita Downs (Guy's and St Thomas's) and Nick Holden

There is mounting evidence that the proposed new NHS pay scheme, 'Agenda for Change', is bad news for health workers, and possibly unworkable.

Unison and Amicus members will be balloted later this year on whether to accept the proposed system for the whole of the NHS. But the 12 sites which are trialling it are reporting massive problems, on top of fundamental objections to the scheme that are unlikely to be resolved before the ballot.

Majnoun

Submitted by on 27 April, 2004 - 12:00

by Mehrdad Seyf, performed recently at the Riverside Studios

The 'majnoun' of the title is mad with love, and refers to an Iranian story something like 'Romeo and Juliet'. The play is about an Iranian woman living in Britain who has to make up her mind who to marry, her English fiancé or an Iranian friend. The play would appeal most to British and Iranian people who are in a British-Iranian relationship: regrettably, of limited appeal then!

Thinking about abortion

Submitted by on 27 April, 2004 - 12:00

'My Foetus', by Julia Black, Channel Four

They show dying people on telly. They show starving people on telly. They show people killed by war and communal conflict on telly. No one objects. But when someone wants to show a three to four minute uncomplicated medical procedure there is great controversy. Of course the procedure was an abortion and it was shown, very late at night, in Julia Black's film, My Foetus, on 20 April on Channel Four. Predictably the pro-lifers were up in arms.

The writing on the wall

Submitted by Anon on 18 June, 2003 - 1:00
  • Going bust for an education
  • We don't want your vote
  • BNP's new Euro-bigots
  • 'Left-wing' xenophobia
  • Bridges to nowhere

Going bust for an education

A record number of people are expected to declare themselves bankrupt this summer. Many of them will be students trying to get rid of their credit card, student loan and other debts. According to the Department for Education and Skills, 899 students and graduates became insolvent last year, compared with 276 in 2002.