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Issue: 2584

Dated: 12 Dec 2017


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Anti-racists bring aid to Calais refugees—and demand Britain opens the border

Over 150 trade unionists, campaigners and students travelled to Calais on Saturday to bring donations and supplies to refugees.


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News

Labour councillors wanted bribes for planning permission, tape suggests

Labour politicians in Tower Hamlets, east London, have been accused of arranging to accept bribes from property developers.

Slurs of the right wing press seek to divide residents’ justice movement

Right wing news sources have been trying desperately to undermine calls to hold those responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire to account.

Keep this vital domestic violence service open, John McDonnell tells Labour council

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has intervened to support a key service for women that is under threat in South Yorkshire.

Protests defy Trump backing Israel's false claim over Jerusalem

Israel looked set to launch further violent repression against Palestinians after US president Donald Trump said he regarded Jerusalem “the capital of Israel” last week.

Arriva North West workers vote on offer, as strikes continue at First Greater Manchester

Some 2,000 bus drivers and engineers at Arriva North West were voting on a new pay offer as Socialist Worker went to press on Tuesday.

Rail strikes called for the holidays

RMT union members are due to strike on Arriva Cross Country, Merseyrail, Virgin West Coast, Greater Anglia and South Western Railway

New moves in the public sector pay battle

Local government employers have offered Unison, GMB and Unite union members in England and Wales a below-inflation 2 percent pay offer for each of the next two years.

Reports round up: Walkouts can deliver better deal for Royal Mail workers

Details of talks between postal workers’ union officials and Royal Mail management show bosses have made big concessions in a dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Fujitsu workers back action to defend jobs and union reps

Workers at IT services firm Fujitsu have voted to strike against compulsory redundancies and the victimisation of union reps.

Strike over workload at Sheffield primary school

Teachers at Westways Primary School in Sheffield began a two-day strike on Tuesday of this week in a row over workload and other issues.

EXCLUSIVE - ‘No room at inn’ as pregnant refugee sleeps rough at Britain’s border

Bassam and her husband have travelled from war in Kurdistan seeking safety in Britain. She is six months pregnant. But Tory Britain has shut the door on them.

Bradford protesters say no to children's services cuts

The People's Assembly and members of the Unite and Unison unions came together to defend services

‘The Sun is scum, we’re not delivering it,’ say Liverpool postal workers

Postal workers in Liverpool have refused to deliver material from the Sun newspaper in solidarity with the victims and families of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Anti-racists plan solidarity convoy to Calais as refugees shut out in cold

As anti-racists in Britain prepare to deliver solidarity to refugees in the Calais region, the French authorities are preparing to herd refugees into shipping containers.

Bosses owed workers staggering £1.7 million after avoiding minimum wage

Sports Direct has been “named and shamed” as one of the 260 bosses who failed to pay workers the national minimum wage.  

Police won't face charges over Sean Rigg's death

 The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to charge five police officers in connection with the death of Sean Rigg.

Protesters take to the streets in solidarity with Palestine

Protesters gathered outside the US embassy in central London on Friday in solidarity with Palestinians who demonstrated in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Thousands march against Libyan slave auctions caused by West

Around 5,000 people marched against the slave auctions in Libya in central London on Saturday.

'Let us into Britain', say refugees freezing after snowfall in Calais

Hundreds of refugees trapped at Britain’s border in Calais, northern France, are forced to sleep rough in appalling conditions.

Grenfell survivors demand their voices are heard at inquiry

Grenfell survivors and campaigners vowed to keep up the fight for justice as the inquiry into the causes of the fire began on Monday. The inquiry opened with two days of legal discussion over its procedures.

Cops stop and search black people more—but find fewer drugs than on white people

Cops stop and search black people more than white people, but they are less likely to find drugs on black people than white people.

Oxford death in police custody prompts investigation

Another young black man has died in police custody.

Fight to bring an end to the Universal Credit nightmare

Tory benefit reforms mean thousands of people face a Christmas of uncertainty and the threat of eviction. Mary, a young lone parent in London, is one of them.


International

Fury in Palestine as Trump declares Jerusalem ‘capital of Israel’

A speech by Donald Trump could trigger a new wave of Palestinian resistance—and protests in solidarity across the Middle East.

Unions should fight for Japan’s workers

Economic difficulties and political discontent lies behind a row over workers’ wages in Japan.


Comment

As Boris Johnson calls for more Middle East intervention - get the Tories out

Not wishing to be outdone by Donald Trump, foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said that Britain should return to the Middle East.

The Russian Revolution was worth it—it gives hope of a better future

The revolution of 1917 showed another world is possible, what that world could look like—and how we can make it happen

This ‘Brexit triumph’ could be short-lived

Two senior members of Theresa May’s cabinet brawled in the House of Commons last week as MPs voted on Brexit legislation.


Features

‘This is no time to retreat’

Do workers still have power to fight the bosses—and if so, how can they use it? Author Kim Moody spoke to Charlie Kimber about his new book on the potential for resistance

The First Intifada—30 years since Palestinians rose up against Israel

Palestinian resistance organisation Hamas called for an intifada—uprising—after Donald Trump described Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week. It came on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the first intifada.


Reviews

Nae Pasaran—Scots who defied Pinochet

In 1974 workers at the Rolls-Royce engine factory in East Kilbride refused to work on engines used by the Chilean air force.

Bjork’s album Utopia is based on struggle, not escapist fantasy

In her 30 years in the music industry, Bjork has always pushed boundaries.

Human Flow brings out the human stories behind the refugee crisis

Behind the numbers which dominate the refugee crisis lie millions of untold stories. Artist Ai Weiwei’s film Human Flow brings them out, writes Sally Kincaid


What We Think

Build resistance now to vicious Tory offensive

The year ends in avoidable cold and misery for the victims of Tory Britain.


Other Categories

LETTERS: I was hounded over Trojan Horse and it still hurts today

I was the only teacher to be found guilty as a result of the Trojan Horse allegations in Birmingham. It was one of the most politicised cases in education the country has ever seen.

The things they say

‘I don’t know what’s controversial. Because what’s controversial changes every day’

Fraudsters’ feeding frenzy to grab steel workers’ pensions

Attacks on steel workers’ pensions at Tata have led to a “feeding frenzy” of advisers and fraudsters looking to cash in

Grenfell residents still homeless six months after fire

With the inquiry into the causes of the Grenfell Tower beginning this week, Alistair Farrow looks at how the evacuated residents are still searching for justice—and new homes to live in



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