Solidarity 034, 10 July 2003

Hants firefighters

Submitted by martin on 9 August, 2003 - 1:19

Firefighters win Home Office appeal - more await justice
By Vicki Morris
Four Basingstoke firefighters have won their Home Office appeal against their sacking on charges of bullying. The four - Barry Kearley, Steve Dunbar, Bernie Ross and Dick Thoroughgood - suspended from duty in 1999, and sacked thereafter, have spent over four years trying to prove their innocence and get their jobs back.
It remains to be seen whether their employers Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) will now reinstate them.

T&G: Winds of change

Submitted by AWL on 23 July, 2003 - 10:43

By Sue Denham

The Branch Delegate Conference of the T&G was on the surface a boring affair. No dramatic conference arguments; composites were passed in almost every case with GEC endorsement. Excellent positions on asylum seekers and the organisation of migrant workers, no hint of a right-wing agenda.

Affiliation to the United Campaign for the Repeal of the Anti-Trade Union Laws (UCRATUL) went through with GEC recommendation and was passed as part of a comprehensive composite on anti-trades union legislation.

Something new in Middle East

Submitted by AWL on 23 July, 2003 - 10:34

Mark Osborn’s “alternative analysis” (Solidarity 3/32) of the Middle East “roadmap” misses all the important points.

He does, however, give the reader fair warning, right at the start, with his series of dogmatic assertions, that that is what he is likely to do.

The editorial (Solidarity 3/31) attempted to analyse and report on the document (“the roadmap”) and assess what may be new in the situation registered in the document and in the unwonted American postures behind it.

Socialist Alliance at the crossroads

Submitted by AWL on 23 July, 2003 - 10:30

The Socialist Alliance can either continue on the road of class struggle working class politics, that is, on the course Solidarity and Workers' Liberty, together with others - not then the Socialist Workers' Party - set for it four years ago.Or it can adopt the cross-class popular frontist politics which the biggest organisation in the SA now, the SWP, advocates.