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Force Labour to nationalise Rover

“The ugliest face of capitalism”. Not the words of militant socialists but of Britain’s top bosses’ paper, the Financial Times. They were describing the betrayal of 6,000 Rover car workers by their asset stripping bosses.

The last remaining British-owned volume auto manufacturer, MG Rover, faces closure following the collapse of takeover talks with the Chinese government-owned manufacturer Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). The closure threatens the loss of 6,100 jobs at Rover’s plant in Longbridge, Birmingham, as well as an estimated ten to twenty thousand jobs at component suppliers. Read more...

Pope of reaction – communion of suffering

As millions watch the funeral of John Paul II, the working class should remember why the capitalist politicians have praised this Pope so highly – from Bush and Blair the warmongers right through to the reformist leaders of the labour movement, including even ‘Communists’ like Italy’s Fausto Bertinotti.

Within the church he led (or, rather, ruled) for 26 years, Karol Józef Wojtyla’s papacy will be remembered principally for reversal of the liberalising trends of the 1960s and reestablishing a more autocratic leadership. In reality, this meant the rule of the Curia, whose candidate he was after the unexpectedly early death of his predecessor, and it is the same upper echelons of this Vatican bureaucracy who are now orchestrating the drive to make his conservative policy irreversible. Read more...

France: strikes and demonstrations unite public and private sector workers and youth

On Thursday 10 March France was hit by another huge day of action. This combined strike action by large numbers of workers, both private and public sector, with huge demonstrations in all the major cities.

In Paris 150,000 participants, marched from Place d’Italie to Place de la Nation behind a giant banner reading “Higher wages, shorter working hours, against deregulation and unemployment.” Read more...

Britain: 100,000 demonstrate against occupation of iraq

Just when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown wished that the British electorate would forget about far-flung adventures and concentrate on bread-and-butter issues like £200 tax relief for pensioners, and more nutritious school meals – the anti-war movement made a comeback. Read more...

Anti-war marches in Australia and New Zealand

Melbourne started the global anti-war demonstrations early with a rally and march on Friday March 18. The rally was lively, with over a thousand people, though this had dwindled to a few hundred by the time the march ended with a sit-in outside the main railway station. Read more...

London ESF: Resolution of the youth assembly

The Youth Assembly of the 2004 European Social Forum declares opposition to the world of war, racism, poverty, and the system that causes it – global capitalism. Read more...

London ESF: 20,000 debate, 70,000 march in London

The third European Social Forum took place in London during 15-17 October. Over the three days 20,000 people from nearly 70 countries took part in over 500 meetings, listening to over 250 speakers. Read more...

London ESF: Youth assembly report

At this year’s European Social Forum on the Saturday afternoon of the three day event 200 young activists came together for 2 hours of debate and discussion on the way forward for the movement against war, racism and neo-liberalism. Read more...

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