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Issue: 2641

Dated: 12 Feb 2019

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‘Why we’re walking out of school to save our world’

Walkouts were set to hit schools across Britain this Friday as students strike for climate justice.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Vote Jo McNeill for UCU vice president

Hundreds of academics from across Britain have signed a statement backing Jo McNeill for vice president of the UCU union

Scottish teachers should fight for better pay

School teachers in the EIS union in Scotland are voting on whether to accept the latest offer over pay

Reports round-up—strike at Royal Palaces

GMB and PCS union members working for Historic Royal Palaces struck over the closure of their pension scheme

May in crisis over EU deal as divisions get deeper for Tories

Theresa May has launched another desperate bid to delay a vote on her Brexit deal.

Philip Hammond has to spend more to ‘end austerity’

Tory chancellor Philip Hammond has to spend billions more to meet his pledge to end austerity, a think tank has said.

Unofficial walkout by Postal workers in Glasgow

Postal workers at a Royal Mail delivery office in Glasgow struck unofficially

Labour left buckles in face of right’s antisemitism smears

The row inside Liverpool Labour Party shows the right aren’t going to back down from using accusations of antisemitism to silence the left and criticism of Israel, writes Nick Clark

‘We won’t let the NSL bosses push us around,’ say strikers

Striking traffic wardens aren’t giving up on their fight for better pay—despite an insulting offer from bosses.

1,000 people rally against library cuts in Chelmsford

Around 1,000 people joined a protest against library service cuts in Chelmsford

Trump expected in winter

US president Donald Trump is expected to visit Britain in December this year.

Police blocked off full pens at matches prior to Hillsborough disaster, court hears

Police blocked the tunnel leading to pens 3 and 4 at the Hillsborough football ground at games prior to the 1989 disaster, a court has heard.

Karen Reissmann is back at regional council meeting

Health worker Karen Reissmann was pleased to attend the Unison union’s north west regional council meeting

Cheers as Stansted 15 walk free - now the fight is on to quash their convictions

A huge cheer erupted as the Stansted 15 group of defendants walked out of Chelmsford Crown Court in Essex on Wednesday.

Hillsborough police chief said fans ‘forced’ a gate, court hears

Police match commander David Duckenfield said fans had forced a gate and caused casualties during the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, a court has heard.

Strikes get bigger for Camden traffic wardens - show solidarity on Saturday

Strikers in Camden took their message directly to the Labour-run local authority’s swanky headquarters on Thursday.

Labour’s Brexit plan is a mistaken concession to the bosses’ agenda

Jeremy Corbyn has written to Theresa May suggesting a five-point plan to deliver Brexit. And shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said that, unless May accepts the plan, there should be a second referendum.

Protest against Nazi Tommy Robinson in Manchester on 23 February

Nazi Tommy Robinson plans to rally the forces of the British far right in Manchester on Saturday 23 February.

Activists show solidarity with refugees in Calais

Delegations of anti-racists from Britain went to the aid of refugees trapped at Britain’s border in northern France.

Determined strikes win gains at Northern rail

Striking train guards were celebrating last week after bosses caved in to their demands about safety

National strike ballot over pay in civil service

Civil service workers are set to begin a national strike ballot


Full-scale revolt at rule of Sudanese president

Thousands of Sudanese people took to the streets on Thursday of last week in the capital Khartoum.

Armed cops blow Yellow Vest’s hand off in Paris

Tens of thousands of Yellow Vests demonstrated in France for the thirteenth weekend in a row last Saturday—despite new laws passed last week to curtail protests.

International round up: Huge march for nurses in Ireland

Huge march for nurses in Ireland


Should the internet be policed? And if so, by who?

High profile cases have pushed internet regulation up the political agenda, but Simon Basketter says it isn’t the answer

Colin Barker - a Marxist committed to socialism from below

Colin Barker, following Erik Olin Wright and Jeremy Hardy, is the latest outstanding socialist whom we have lost these past few days.


Jamaica - a history of racism and revolt

Mass deportations to Jamaica follow a long line of racist attacks on people of Caribbean descent—but that history also shows that people always resist, writes Nick Clark

We will be united against racism on 16 March

Activists are gearing up for an international day of protest against racism and fascism on 16 March. Organisers from the US and Europe spoke to Socialist Worker about how they’re mobilising to beat back the right


If Beale Street Could Talk—a heartbreaking love story set in a deeply racist society

Director Barry Jenkins’s new film delivers a powerful story about how the results of racism can poison the most beautiful parts of life

A powerful Don McCullin retrospective on show at Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s Don McCullin retrospective—its first of a living photographer—is a huge collection of 250 of his images

What We Think

Scrap capitalism to save the planet

Two reports this week spelled out the scale of the threat posed by climate change. They follow decades of similar warnings.

Threats to China show Tory Williamson’s puffed up imperial fantasy

Tory defence secretary Gavin Williamson puffed himself up this week by laying out a fantasy vision of Britain as a global power.

Other Categories

LETTERS - Labour left lost momentum in Haringey - we need to fight for more

Labour left group Momentum burst into Haringey, north London, in 2015.

The things they say

‘Teen knifed to death yards from Prince George school’

The Troublemaker - Missing blood scandal files are latest part of a cover-up

Government officials have removed hundreds of files relating to the scandal of contaminated blood used in British hospitals in the 1970s and 1980s. The files are now missing.

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