The West Country stands to be relegated to the bottom division of the Chancellor's proposed new pay league, the South West TUC has warned.

George Osborne is in tomorrow's Budget expected to announce measures to introduce regional pay measures for public servants - a move that would see workers in the South West earn less than their counterparts in other parts of the country.

The South West TUC fears a move to further cut public sector pay will hit the region hard because of the high percentage (27.1%) of public sector workers in the South West and because of the already low pay (£1.58 per hour less than the UK average). Devon and Cornwall, in particular, would be badly affected because the pay rates for the two counties are lower still - £2.55 less for Devon and £3.59 less for Cornwall than the £14.90 national average.

March the 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), originally known as International Working Women's Day. In the following article Jane Yates, the South West District's Women's Organiser, begins by giving a brief history of the event and the struggle of women for democratic rights and equality over the past 100 years and then argues that only socialism can bring true equality to all sections of society.

The article makes reference to Clara Zetkin, whose article Only in Conjunction With the Proletarian Woman Will Socialism Be Victorious can be downloaded from this website.