Solidarity 033, 26 June 2003

Italy: 87% majority loses out

By Lucy Clement

Italy’s “moderate” trade unions have scuppered an attempt to extend employment rights to workers in small businesses.

Save Our Party: Conference for all Labour Party and trade union members

Convened by Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs

Saturday 5 July 2003, 9.30am - 4.30pm

TUC Congress House, Great Russell St, London
Speakers include:
John McDonnell MP, Diane Abbott MP, Tony Benn, Ken Livingstone, Barry Camfield TGWU, Kevin Curran GMB, Jeremy Dear NUJ, Billy Hayes CWU, Joe Marino BAFW, Tony Woodley TGWU

Reverses for Indonesia's war in Aceh

By Harry Glass

The Indonesian military is making heavy work of its assault on Aceh, according to reports in the Australian socialist paper, Green Left Weekly.
After claiming significant progress in its operation to crush the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), the Indonesian military lost seven soldiers in an ambush in northern Aceh. It was the highest number of casualties the military has suffered since martial law was declared on 19 May.

Unionist split threatens the GFA

By Jack Cleary

With an imminent split in the David Trimble-led Unionist Party, prospects of an early resurrecting of the suspended Northern Ireland power-sharing Executive faded further this week.

The hard-line wing of Trimble’s party, led by Jeffrey Donaldson, have never been more than grudging “supporters” of the Good Friday Agreement. After five years of what Unionists see as endless concessions to the Provisional IRA for very little in return, not even IRA disarmament, the Donaldsonites want to call it a day on the experiment of power-sharing.

Hain touches a raw nerve

By Martin Thomas

Peter Hain touched a nerve. However hard the New Labour government is trying to shake off its "control-freak" image, it could not stop itself shrieking when minister Hain made the mild suggestion that the very best-off might pay 50p income tax on each additional pound stuffed into their bulging wallets, rather than 40p.

Hain was immediately ordered to recant, and did. For, whatever else New Labour may do, its unshakeable principle is to reassure the wealthy about their comforts and privileges.

Remember the martyrs: come to Tolpuddle

By Nick Holden

This year's Tolpuddle Festival is on Friday 18-Sunday 20 July, at Tolpuddle, Dorset. It is a heady mixture of music, drama and politics, uniting people across the country in a celebration of the trade union movement, and the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Last year's event was a record success, with more than 7,000 people from all over the UK joining in the festivities, and expectations are high for 2003.

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