Solidarity 048, 18 March 2004

Tube strike called off as Metronet agree to abide by tribunal

Submitted by Anon on 23 March, 2004 - 8:08

Rail union RMT suspended strike action by Metronet maintenance and signal workers, scheduled for 12 March.

RMT members had voted 5:1 for action in support of colleagues sacked despite the lack of evidence linking them to beer cans allegedly found in a mess room at Farringdon station.

"After considering the undertaking by Metronet to abide by the outcome of an Employment Tribunal, the RMT executive has today suspended the strike action scheduled for tomorrow," RMT general secretary Bob Crow told the press.

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Support Scotland's nursery nurses!

Submitted by Anon on 23 March, 2004 - 8:07

Nursery nurses in Scotland are continuing their indefinite strike action after the Scottish Parliament rejected calls for a national pay settlement. Around 300 of the 5,000 nurses on strike demonstrated for improved pay outside the Scottish Parliament as MSPs debated the issue on 11 March.

The Scottish Socialist Party had tabled a motion calling for "a fair, nationally negotiated settlement" to the pay dispute.

But MSPs voted 70 to 44 for a Scottish Executive motion urging councils and union leaders to get back round the negotiating table.

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Rank-and-file fight needed on job cuts

Submitted by Anon on 23 March, 2004 - 8:07

The Lyons report, just published, proposes to abolish 20,000 Civil Service posts in London and the South-East by 2009. The Gershon review looking for "efficiency" savings across the public sector is due to report in the coming weeks. According to press leaks, it is looking to get rid of 80,000 jobs by 2011.

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What next in pay battle?

Submitted by Anon on 23 March, 2004 - 8:07

The Department of Work and Pensions PCS reps' meeting on 6 March discussed the action against the pay freeze. The exec's only proposal was to continue with action short of strike action, and to have a three-day strike after Easter. No strategy to win the dispute was outlined, and no further plans were mentioned. The GEC appears to believe that escalation of the dispute is simply a matter of taking people out on strike for more days than last time.

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Submitted by on 23 March, 2004 - 12:00

by Brian Wilson

"If there is one person I have to select as as a living genius of pop music, I would choose Brian Wilson." George Martin, Beatles producer
"I lost my way, heh, heh, heh." Brian Wilson

With sell-out concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and major coverage in the serious press, Brian Wilson, aged 61, is back. He is back playing music he wrote when he was just 24.

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Submitted by on 23 March, 2004 - 12:00


If there is a national myth about the Second World War which still holds sway in the public imagination, it is that of the "miracle of Dunkirk", the "little ships" which rescued retreating British troops from the Normandy coast in June 1940, when France fell to the Nazis. BBC2's dramatic recreation of these events gained more than five million viewers, almost matching the viewing figures for Footballers' Wives on ITV!

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What is ETA?

Submitted by martin on 17 March, 2004 - 10:21

The Basque Country, Euskadi, is a region in the north-east of Spain with a distinct language and culture. About two million people live there. There is also a smaller Basque population in France.
Under the dictatorship of General Franco, from 1939 to 1976, the Basque language and all Basque self-assertion were rigidly suppressed.

ETA, the group which was first accused of the Madrid bombings, but has denied them, was founded in 1959 to fight for Basque independence. In 1973 it killed Franco's prime minister, Luis Carrero Blanco.

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Victims' families speak out

Submitted by martin on 17 March, 2004 - 10:19

No more lies!

We reproduce a statement signed by 'The Families of the victims of the 11 March', delivered at 2am to the demonstration on 14 March. It appears in Spanish on the website of El Militante, a group linked to Socialist Appeal in Britain.
The families of the victims of the bombing are furious at the government's manipulation of the facts of this crime.

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After Madrid

Submitted by martin on 17 March, 2004 - 10:14

Against the terrorists - international working-class solidarity

The bombing which killed over 200 people at three railway stations in Madrid in the morning rush hour of 11 March was an unspeakable atrocity.
Whoever did it is as much an enemy of the working class and democracy as were the Italian fascists who killed 85 people by bombing Bologna railway station in 1980, or the American right-wing terrorists who killed 168 with a bombing in Oklahoma in 1995.

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