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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 November 2008

Fast news

Gender inequality worsening

Women working full time will be paid 369,000 less over their working life than their male counterparts according to government figures. Men are paid 17% more than women for full time work. The difference for part timers is even greater, with men being paid 36% more. The male/female pay gap is widening at present rather than closing.

Labour's out of control leaders

New Labour's leaders have already made it almost impossible for any Labour Party members opposing their line to be Labour candidates for parliament. Now, their control is being extended within parliament. Their new chief whip, Nick Brown, is proposing that any Labour MP who has voted against the government in the past year should not be allowed to sit in the all-party parliamentary committees. These committees are supposed to hold government ministers to account. Little chance of that if this measure is carried out.

War pays well for some

Sir David Manning, a leading foreign office advisor to Tony Blair, who helped to prepare the war on Iraq, has become a non-executive director of arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Among its numerous 'products', Lockheed makes a hand-held Javelin anti-tank missile and the helicopter-launched Hellfire missile - both of which have been used by the British army in Iraq. Yet another example of a rich civil servant friend of New Labour benefiting personally from government policy - in this case the brutal onslaught on Iraq - which he himself had a hand in.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 19 November 2008:


No Job Cuts

'We're not taking these job cuts'

Programme of action to fight unemployment is needed

JCB: Pay cuts haven't saved our jobs!


Post office closures

U-turn over post office card account

Stroud post office saved!

Coventry fights post office closure

Lewisham housing: Arguments against privatisation win

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

Drop the witch-hunt in Unison fight to Defend trade union democracy

Scotland: Unison local government: Close vote on pay

Dover port workers strike

Unite/Amicus general secretary election

In brief


International socialist news and analysis

World food crisis: A systemic failure of capitalism

Democratic republic of Congo: Civil war erupts once again

G20 conference: Summit for nothing

USA: Challenging the two parties of big business

First ever all-Germany school students' strike

Eyewitness report: Italian students occupy


Socialist Students

Student democracy under attack

Privatisation = FE college students suffer


Interviews

Social workers say: investment needed

Sacked for being pregnant!


 

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