About 300 workers from the Municipal Department of Mechanical
Maintenance (DRMM) in Lisbon, who ensure the maintenance of municipal
vehicles, have been on an overtime hours (’extraordinary hours’) strike,
since last Monday.
New figures published last month by the Pesticides Residue Committee
(PRC) for the British government have raised serious concerns over the
safety of fresh fruit and vegetables, both imported and UK grown
produce. The government discovered levels of controlled pesticides in
foods that exceed legal and safety limits.
Months after the Dutch general elections, which saw dramatic gains for
the populist right wing Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), a new coalition
government has finally been formed. The administration’s proposed
policies are clearly to the right and in reality are a continuation of
the previous ‘Purple’...
THOUSANDS OF council workers, health and education workers joined the 17
July strike throughout Northern Ireland, picketing council offices,
education and health boards, leisure centres and police stations.
With a chant of ’Genoa Libera’ 150,000 youth and young workers marched
through the streets of Genova on Saturday. They marched to commemorate
the year since the G8 summit which saw a police riot and the murder of a
young protestor Carlo Giuliani, shot by the Carabinieri. Called by the
FIGHTING BROKE out at last weekend’s annual Orange Order parade at
Drumcree. Demonstrators threw missiles at police, resulting in 24
injured as well as two civilians. However, Drumcree is not the issue it
was. The Portadown Orangemen have been forced into a sullen acceptance
that they cannot force their way...
Joe Higgins (Socialist Party MP in Ireland) made the following speech in
the Irish Parliament (Dail) pouring scorn on the attempt by the Irish
government to cover-up big-business scandal in the country.
The signing last Friday afternoon of a deal with the government and
employers by the leaders of the two smaller trade union federations in
Italy - the Uil and Cisl - has sparked a new round of angry
demonstrations and spontaneous strikes.
The crisis surrounding Mirafiori car plant and the whole Fiat Empire is
sending shockwaves through Italian society. In America they say, “What’s
good for General Motors is good for the USA”. In Italy the same goes for