Labour movements across Europe should mobilise to demand that EU leaders drop the drastic cuts programme imposed on Greece.
Solidarity 245, 9 May 2012
It’s no surprise that the Tories are taking most of the political heat from the revelations surrounding News International.
Under its contract with the NHS, Circle Healthcare, the private firm which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, is allowed to claim the first £2 million of any annual surplus, plus a percentage of any further surplus (a quarter of the remaining surplus between £2-6 million, and a third of that between £6-10 million).
The SNP government in Holyrood has announced the privatising of ferry services connecting the Orkney and Shetland islands with the mainland.
Forty-five workers at the Enterprise Distribution Centre, which unloads paper reels from incoming vessels at the Tilbury docks in Essex, struck on Monday 7 May, the first walkout at the docks since 1989.
Tube worker Dayna Nembhard was racially abused in a branch of fast food outlet KFC after a shift at work on London Underground.
Trade unions have described the electoral wipeout of the Tories from Southampton City Council as “the chickens coming home to roost”.
In Solidarity 242, we began publishing a series of recollections and reflections from activists who had been involved with the “third camp” left in the United States — those “unorthodox” Trotskyists who believed that the Soviet Union was not a “workers’ state” (albeit a “degenerated” one), but an exploitative form of class rule to be as opposed as much as capitalism. This week, we publish contributions from Herman Benson, one of the last surviving founder members of the 1939/40 Workers Party and former industrial editor of its paper Labor Action, and Gabe Gabrielsky, who was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League and later the International Socialists.
In 2010 David Cameron claimed he wanted “the Olympics legacy [to] lift East London from being one of the poorest parts of the country to one that shares fully in the capital’s growth and prosperity.”