News archive from 15 May 2017

RMT and bosses in DOO talks

RAIL union RMT and transport bosses will meet today for another round of talks aimed at resolving a year-long dispute over safe staffing levels on driver-only trains on the Southern network. RMT union officials will meet with company bosses to break...

 

Young Scots wait up to two years for mental health care

CHILDREN and young people in Scotland can wait almost two years for access to mental-health services after being referred for treatment, according to new figures published yesterday. The longest waits for those who started treatment in 2016-17 were...

 

France: Macron steps into Hollande’s dirty shoes

NEW French President Emmanuel Macron was sworn in yesterday, taking over from his former boss Francois Hollande. Mr Macron quit as Mr Hollande’s economy minister in 2016 to campaign for the presidency — which Mr Hollande decided not to contest as his...

 

Colombia: Death threats for leftwinger

COLOMBIAN trade unionist and left-wing leader Huber Ballesteros has received renewed death threats from right-wing paramilitaries. Concerns for the safety of Mr Ballesteros and his family rose after he was sent a message online threatening his partner...

 

North Korea: Missile falls short of Japan

NORTH KOREA conducted another missile test yesterday, with it flying for about 500 miles before plopping into the Sea of Japan. The country’s dynastic regime carried out the test days after new South Korean president Moon Jae In took office. Mr Moon...

 

Nurses don’t deserve this

BRITAIN’S nurses are on the brink of industrial action for the first time. The Royal College of Nursing’s consultative ballot shows 78 per cent of nurses are ready to strike — and more than nine in 10 are up for action of other kinds to resist...

 

Am I working class?

In the third in a series of Marxist Q&As, the MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY examines the difference between economic and social class ECONOMIC class is a role that people occupy, not a tag that attaches to individuals. But if you want a label, the simple...

 

May’s silence gives tacit approval to US aggression

JOHN ELLISON explores the link between returns on capital and Western military aggression A VOTE for Theresa May is a vote for a warmonger as well as for a grammar school revivalist, a poverty-producer and for an unsafe pair of hands to lead Britain...

 

Homeless people’s rights can be ignored no more

ALEC McFADDEN writes on a campaign to give voice to Britain’s most vulnerable people THE campaign to encourage and allow homeless people to register and vote in the upcoming general election is part of the remit of Salford Unemployed and Community...

 

Formula One: Hamilton holds off Vettel to close gap

Brit battles back after rocky start gifted German early lead Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to win the Spanish Grand Prix yesterday, tightening Formula One’s intense title fight. Vettel edged past the polesitting Hamilton at the first corner,...

 

Champions League hopes in Liverpool’s hands

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool by Paul Donovan at the London Stadium Liverpool moved closer to securing a Champions League place with yesterday’s comprehensive demolition of West Ham. The hopes of Hammers fans were dispelled in the 35th minute, when a through...

 

Green Army up thanks to Woolery

Kaiyne Woolery fired a Wembley double as Forest Green secured a place in the English Football League for the first time in their history by beating Tranmere 3-1 in the National League play-off final yesterday. Woolery’s superb opener gave his side an...

 

The man behind the myth

A memoir by Che Guevara’s brother provides acute insights into the revolutionary icon, says CARLOS MARTINEZ Che, My Brother by Juan Martin Guevara (Polity, £20) GIVEN the number of biographies of Ernesto “Che” Guevara published in the half century...

 

Chronicle of the grim state that we’re in

Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All by Polly Toynbee and David Walker (Faber & Faber, £9.99) THIS timely book chronicles the war on the state by successive governments over the past four decades as state functions are dismantled...

 

Picking Pikkety’s pocketbook an unprofitable exercise

Pocket Pikkety by Jesper Roine (OR Books, £6.99) A HANDY pocket book summarising Thomas Piketty’s lengthy tome Capital in the 21st Century is a great idea. But, even though three-quarters of it explains Piketty’s analysis of wage and income trends and...

 


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