GM Europe makers of Vauxhall (Opel) announced this month that they are
planning to cut 12,000 workers across the continent – the equivalent to
20% of the European workforce. They are carrying through these attacks
to put them back into profit.
Following the announcement of an unprecedented offensive by the
government on its own employees in the civil service the PCS (Public
and Commercial Services Union) is mobilising its entire membership to
take the government head on.
The Blair government is putting the lessons it has learned in Iraq to
good use in attacking workers at home. They have unleashed a campaign
of shock and awe against their own workers in the civil service.
The Scottish Socialist Party, once heralded by many on the left as the
most successful socialist experiment in recent times, is in the process
of tearing itself apart after sacking its founder and leader Tommy
Sheridan as the party’s convener. Officially he is now simply a
In her usual style Naomi Klein provided many interesting facts, but
failed to reach any concrete conclusions of how we can or whether it is
actually necessary to abolish capitalism. In essence she would like
another kind of capitalism, a more humane capitalism, which of course
is utterly utopian.
The left wing Labour MP John McDonnell has tabled an Early Day Motion
condemning the murder of Danilo Anderson, the Venezuelan prosecutor
investigating the April 2002 military coup against president Chavez.