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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 November 2008
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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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
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
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
Student democracy under attack
Privatisation = FE college students suffer
Social workers say: investment needed
Sacked for being pregnant!
The Socialist 19 November 2008 |
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