Solidarity 056, 13 August 2004

A bad pact with BlairAWLTue, 17/08/2004 - 12:04

The hope that the 'big four' trade unions - TGWU, Amicus, GMB, and Unison - were on a direct collision course with the Blair Labour Party was knocked back at the 23-25 July meeting of New Labour's National Policy Forum discussing the manifesto for the next general election.

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Left leaves Trafalgar Square to the fascistsAWLSun, 15/08/2004 - 22:48

By Sacha Ismail

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M&S boycotts and the right to protest

Submitted by AWL on 15 August, 2004 - 10:47

By Bruce Robinson


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/04/2005 - 13:19

Absolute rubbish. Why boycott Israel? Because it is so called colonialist. Boycott england while your at it, it still occupies Nothern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Boycott the Sudanese, who are killing hundreds of thousands of blacks in the name of pan-Arabism. Boycott China which occupies Tibet. Boycott Canada and Quebec who have colonized the Great White North and subjected the Indians. Boycott Morrocco which guided by Arab conquerers continues to keep the indigenous Berber (Shloch) community down. Boycott everyone while your at it, buy nothing. Get rid of that Che poster and stop thinking that Fidel is a Hunk. Workers of the World just want to be rich!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/04/2005 - 21:53

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Hello Anonymous.

The article was arguing against the boycott. Try reading it next time.

Not many people here have any time for Che and Fidel, as you chummily call them, either.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/07/2005 - 13:15

All moral beings had the right to boycott South African produce - and the same stands for Israeli goods - especially those produced on land illegally occupied. Boycotting Israeli goods until the Israeli Government stops violating numerous Palestinian human rigts as a matter of course and standard and accepted practice is a must.

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Rights for travellers! Stop scapegoating!AWLSun, 15/08/2004 - 22:45

By Sam Ruby

New Labour, after much lobbying, and despite the recommendations of a Commons Select Committee, has refused to introduce legislation compelling local councils to provide official sites for gypsies and travellers.

This compulsion existed from 1968 until it was repealed by the Tories under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, a move opposed by Labour at the time.

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Howard's wayAWLSun, 15/08/2004 - 22:44

By Dan Katz

Michael Howard has attempted to create space between New Labour and the Tories on crime by promising a prison building programme, even greater numbers in jail, more police stop-and-search and less police "red tape".
Howard's plans include scrapping a current cap on prisoner numbers, which stands at 80,000, and a jail-building programme which could cost more than £2bn.

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The toff and the stable ladAWLSun, 15/08/2004 - 22:43

Former stable lad Damien Connor has been convicted of assaulting the trainer who had sacked him, Marcus Tregoning. Connor, a TGWU member, believes that he was sacked for trying to represent the interests of fellow stable lads.
Connor was given a conditional discharge and no order for compensation was made. The magistrate Howard Rudebeck said: "There are mitigating circumstances in that there was provocation."

Solidarity spoke to TGWU activist Maggie Bremner about the case

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G8 summitAWLSun, 15/08/2004 - 22:38

The G8 Summit of World Leaders meets in July 2005 in Scotland. A campaign has started to get the world's leaders to put Fair Trade on the summit's agenda and tackle global poverty.
A target of 1,000,000 names by June 2005 has been set. And the organisers want to highlight the following facts:

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Workers fight for rights in Haiti FTZAWLSun, 15/08/2004 - 22:37

By Mark Osborn

On 11 June the Dominican Republic clothing giant Grupo M dismissed almost one-third of the 800 or so workers at its two Haiti factories in the CODEVI Free Trade Zone (FTZ), located outside of Ouanaminthe on the Haitian-Dominican border.
Grupo M, the largest employer in the Dominican Republic, where it has 13,000 workers in 24 plants, built the zone and the first two of a dozen projected factories there with a 12 million-dollar loan from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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Honouring the Tolpuddle Martyrs

Submitted by AWL on 15 August, 2004 - 10:35

By Jean Lane

No Sweat was once more at the Tolpuddle Festival this year. Organised by the South West TUC, this is the annual celebration of the men who fought to set up a trade union, in their a tiny Dorset village in 1830.
The Tolpuddle martyrs were deported to Australia for organising against the driving down of the wages of agricultural labourers in their area, wages which were already at starvation level.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/09/2004 - 13:07

Graham Padden, who edited Tolpuddle - An Historical Account through the Eyes of George Loveless for the TUC, has published his play about the Tolpuddle story The Wrong End of the World, which was produced at Salisbury Playhouse in 1987 Details can be found at

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Telling Levis: solidarity is forever

Submitted by AWL on 15 August, 2004 - 10:34

More than 50 protesters demonstrated outside Levi's flagship store in Central London last week.
The participants were from the Haiti workers' support group, No Sweat and the GMB union.

They were campaigning on behalf of the sacked workers who make Levi jeans in Haiti.

The Levis workers were sacked when they - some of the most underpaid and exploited sweatshop workers - had the temerity to ask for a better wage and the right to join a trade union.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 13/09/2004 - 14:59

I Worked at the levis store in question as a student. Now looking back I realise the evil that capitalism has the capabilities of breading. All the employees were told to stick to sales targets, and exploit every aspect of the customers vulnerability to sell more items. The multi million advertising campagns, the brain washing propoganda of commercialism which have propelled, image and vanity, "being cool" by wearing the lables you are told to wear, listening to what you are told to listern to, reading what they tell you are suppost to. This is "popular media", human suffering and justice has become acceptable, it has become a need, we are hooked, we are animals of our environment, and it is the nature of our species to do so . This is realism this is human nature, we are have a full stomatch and a full plate yet we are still hungry until we die.

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