Thursday 4 November 2010
A tube strike, a fire-fighters' strike to coincide with Bonfire Night, and another strike rather closer to home...
As we head into the kind of public sector belt tightening which has in the past been characterised by widespread industrial action, will it be three strikes then everybody out, or has union power dissipated to the point where the threat of a winter of discontent no longer exists?
Tonight, we'll be discussing what happened to worker solidarity with guests including one of the BBC's last industrial correspondents, Nick Jones.
We also have a film from Sue Lloyd-Roberts about how democratic the upcoming election in Burma is likely to be.
Travelling undercover, posing as a tourist, Sue secretly meets a monk who was a senior leader in the Saffron Revolution and is now in hiding in a monastery in Mandalay.
She also talks to satirical cabaret performers, who use traditional folklore to lambast and attack the junta, and three women known as The Three Princesses, who are all childhood friends and key allies of detained NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but who have nonetheless decided to ignore her call for an election boycott.
Also, as more and more of us share personal data online, how important is it that we have the "right to be forgotten" from sites like Facebook or Google? The European Union has today unveiled a strategy document calling for new rules to give citizens more control of their online personal data.
We will be discussing the impetus behind and practicalities of web users seeking to disappear from the internet with technology expert Dr Aleks Krotoski and philosopher Dr Anders Sandberg.
PS PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO INDUSTRIAL ACTION, NEWSNIGHT WILL NOT BROADCAST ON FRIDAY. THE PROGRAMME WILL BE BACK AS NORMAL ON MONDAY.