Solidarity 109, 5 April 2007

Stop the deportations to Darfur!

By Amina Saddiq

At the end of March, the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns reported that, across the country, the Home Office had accelerated its programme of rounding up and deporting Sudanese asylum-seekers, including people from war-ravaged and ethnically-cleansed Darfur.

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Stop the deportations to Darfur!
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Climate change bill
Migrant rights
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Scotland: workers' unity first
Back the Tube workers
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BT Global jobs
NUT conference
PCS strikes
Northern Ireland lecturers
Unison NEC election

Scotland: workers’ unity first!

According to the polls, the Scottish National Party is likely to become the biggest party in the Scottish parliament after the election on 3 May.

Opinion polls also show 51% or 52% in Scotland for independence, and the SNP has pledged itself to a referendum on independence, in 2010 or 2011.

It looks as if the rise of the SNP comes from the same sort of disillusion with Blair and Brown that is boosting Cameron’s Tories in England; in Scotland, the Tories come from too low a starting point to grab the benefits of that disillusion.

Back the Tube workers!

WHEN former CIA agent Bob Kiley ran London Underground, Ken Livingstone paid him £1 million a year.

When he left his job, in addition to receiving a £2.5 million severance payment, and continuing to live rent-free in a £2.3 million house in Belgravia, Kiley continued to “work” as a part-time consultant for £737,000 a year.

We say “work” not just because of his astronomically inflated salary, but because Kiley himself has now told the press: “I do very little work for my £737,000” (Evening Standard, 28 March).

The rise and rise of Ian Paisley

By Paddy Dollard

A news item about a small event of great symbolic importance appeared in the Irish Times the other day.

The long-time enemy of everything Papist, Republican, or Catholic Nationalist Irish, Ian Paisley, has ordered five cotton clerical shirts (£30 each) from a shirt-maker in the Republic of Ireland, in Donegal. A sign of the times?

Mugabe’s despotism spirals to collapse - Support the workers in Zimbabwe!

by Sacha Ismail

On Tuesday 3 April, trucks of riot police drove through the Zimbabwean capital Harare, and military helicopters hovered over workers’ districts, as a two day general strike called by the Zimbabwean Congress of Trade Unions over wage rises and price increases — and against Robert Mugabe’s increasingly dictatorial regime — began. Soldiers with automatic weapons were posted at the intersections of the city's main industrial area.

Support Iranian teachers!

So the British sailors captured by the Iranian navy have now been released. Their capture was a deliberate provocation by the Iranian regime, possibly in part to distract from the working class struggle now gripping the country.

For the last few weeks Iranian teachers have been protesting against poverty wages and poor conditions. Many thousands have taken to the streets or staged unofficial sit-in demonstrations in schools. They have risked their personal safety in acts of audacious solidarity against the Islamic regime.

Climate change bill won’t stop crisis

By Paul Vernadsky

Hardly anyone now doubts the reality of global warming, that this is mainly the result of human productive activity and that if it continues unabated, both nature and human societies will suffer terrible destruction. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report published this week will further clarify the consequences of rising carbon emissions.

No One is Illegal conference

Over one hundred socialists, trade unionists and anti-deporation activists attended the No One is Illegal trade union conference in Liverpool on 31 March. The day was spent discussing the politics of the fight against immigration controls and for migrant and refugee rights. This discussion — which was on the day was thoughtful, thorough and comradely — is vitally necessary as these issues are centrally important to the future of the labour movement. It would be a great step forward if a strong left-wing in the anti-deportation/asylum/migrant rights movement could be established.

World flowers - Rights for migrant workers

By a GMB organiser

The Southampton migrant workers’ branch of the GMB has won union rights at UK’s largest cut flower packer — World Flowers Ltd. This comes after a six month campaign of direct action and sustained pressure on the employer.

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