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Solidarity 3/143, 4 December 2008
BT PENSIONS: CWU and Connect unions are conducting a consultative ballot of their members from 27 November to 18 December. The leaderships want members to accept a pension review they have negotiated with BT. BT employees should reject this deal.
Bank of England and government support for the banks so far totals something like the equivalent of £18,000 for every child, woman, and man in the UK.
The Bank of England's Financial Stability Report of 27 October 2008 gives the figures: a total of £1107 billion.
Ed Maltby spoke to Paul Murphy, a left student activist in Dublin in the group Free Education for Everyone.
EM: Describe the general political situation in Ireland at the moment.
When the police raid the office of Tory front-bencher Damien Green and take him into custody for some hours, it is tempting to laugh out loud. One of the habitual biters bit!
CIVIL SERVICE: PCS has, for all practical purposes, announced the end of its national pay campaign.
The publication of the BNP membership list online shows an enormous growth in the strength of the BNP. There is serious cause for alarm here.
According to Nick Lowles of the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, the party had 600 members in 1997 and 3000, 1500 of them active, in 2000. Even if we assumed that the new figure of 13,500 is a two-to-one over-estimate, that would represent a ten-fold growth in a decade.
The sharp increase in oil prices, and now the credit crunch, has led to sales of large cars and people-carriers falling by 30% in Europe. SUV sales have fallen by 45%.
The industry giants have responded to the crisis with massive layoffs. Volkswagen, for example, has announced 25,000 job losses; Rolls Royce, Peugeot and Chrysler are also making swingeing cuts. The first instinct of most socialists will be to defend workers' jobs; that instinct is correct,
The crisis in the auto industry is about many things: the possible collapse of General Motors, Detroit gas guzzlers, auto emission standards, the environment, and the need for mass transportation, among others. At the centre of it all, however, is the struggle between management and the workers, that is, between capital and labour....
The Builders Labourer, the journal of the Builders Labourers Federation of Queensland, carried this tribute to Bob Carnegie when he decided to step down as a full-time organiser with the BLF to return to work on the sites. Bob is a supporter of Workers’ Liberty Australia.