Solidarity 032, 12 June 2003

Report from Geneva

Alan Johnson describes the protests against the G8 annual meeting on 1-3 June.

Industrial news

A report from the CWU Conference and news from PCS, GMB, TGWU & FBU.
CWU conference: two narrow defeats for the left

By a delegate

The postal and telecom workers union, the CWU, met on 1-6 June. The General Conference:

decided to campaign for law changes enabling unions to "exclude or expel members of racist or fascist parties... not solely on the basis of their conduct."

The Writing on the Wall

  • An obsession with cottaging
  • The dangers of Seroxat
  • Iraq to be privatised
  • Gypsy killed
  • New Labour backs down on John McDonnell


Euro? Yes, but not at our expense: For a Workers' United Europe!

By Colin Foster

Capitalism in Europe is becoming euro-capitalism, like it or not. In general and in principle, we - the socialists, the labour movement, the working-class left - should "like" it.
A broader, wider arena for capitalist development is also a broader, wider arena for working-class struggle against capital, and a better starting point for future socialist development.

Repression in Aceh

By Harry Glass

The assault by the Indonesian army in Aceh has led to extensive civilian casualties and human rights violations.

Reports in the Australian socialist paper Green Left Weekly (GLW) say that more than 23,000 people have fled their homes. The main hospital in the provincial capital Banda Aceh reports receiving dead bodies that show signs of beatings and torture. Amnesty International announced that grave human rights abuses, including the extra-judicial killing of children and other civilians, are widespread.

Blair caught in a lie

By Dan Katz

In some wars there are substantial reasons for the fighting. In the Falklands/Malvinas war in 1982 for instance the Argentinian military did invade the islands and the British people living there did not like foreign military rule.

In the 1999 Balkans war NATO did not invent the ethnic cleansing of the ethnic-Albanian Kosovars. Milosevic's barbarity was all too real.

Class struggle in Iraq

Electricity workers in Iraq have been paid their wages after threatening strike action, according to BBC reports. Around 6,000 electricity workers in Baghdad were the first to be paid at the end of May, while other government employees such as teachers and doctors have been told they will get their wages in June. They will be paid for out of Iraqi assets frozen in the US since the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

What we say: Fight for labour representation!

New transport union leader Tony Woodley has pledged to coordinate a trade-union drive "to get Labour back representing working-class people".

After winning election as the new General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, Woodley declared on 1 June that:

"A fighting T&G will help coordinate like-minded unions to campaign to put the 'Labour back in the party' on a range of issues. I'll fulfil my promise to call a summit of affiliated unions to discuss how to get Labour back representing working-class people...

Workers of the world

by Pablo Velasco

  • Peruvian unions defy state of emergency
  • Zimbabwe opposition strikes
  • Lula gets backing from right
  • Class struggle in Israel
  • Indonesian socialists to contest elections

Peruvian unions defy state of emergency

Thousands of trade unionists in Peru marched through the capital Lima last week in defiance of the government's state of emergency. In Arequipa, the second largest city, local leaders called a general strike to support the protest. There were protests in other major cities.

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