Video of the 24th March 2010 PCS strike in Belfast. The strike co-incided with Alistair Darling’s pre-election budget. Socialist Party members visiting the picket lines spoke to Barney Lawn and Gayle Matthews, members of the PCS.
For proper security for all hospital patients, staff and visitors
“The health and safety of staff, patients and visitors have never been more at risk than now on the Royal site”. This quote from a security officer in the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Belfast illustrates how senior health managers are putting cuts above the health and safety of people that work in and pass through our hospitals.
The jawdropping sequence of events surrounding Iris Robinson soliciting £50,000 from two millionaire property developers (the late Fred Fraser and Ken Campbell) has opened a Pandora’s Box of corruption which goes right to the heart of the political establishment.
Iris Robinson’s refusal to declare any interest when present at the Castlereagh Council meeting which awarded the tenancy to establish a café at council-owned property to Kirk McCambley, whom Robinson was having an affair with, threatens to bring down the Robinson dynasty.
OSCE Chair presides over torture of prisoners – Protests needed urgently!
In the “strict regime” prison colony, AK159/6, in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, a collective hunger strike was declared by the prisoners in protest at alleged brutal beatings, the prison’s military regime and claims of ’frame ups’ of prisoners by the authorities. Starting with a few prisoners at the end of May, the hunger strike has now been joined by the mass of prisoners. Kazakhstan currently holds the Chair of the The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
A video, filmed on 28 May, shows the typical brutal treatment of one prisoner