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Issue: 2646

Dated: 19 Mar 2019

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Thousands in Britain join the global anti-racist day of action

Thousands of people have joined marches against the rise of racism and the far right. 

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Police clear refugee settlements in northern France

Police have cleared the two largest refugee settlements in Calais, northern France.

Strike to stop suffering at Universal Credit centres

Workers who manage people’s claims for the hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit began a two-day strike on Monday to win a better service for claimants.

Evidence concludes in the Hillsborough disaster trials

Evidence has concluded in the trials of David Duckenfield and Graham Mackrell, who face charges relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

One soldier to face murder trial over Bloody Sunday killings

Only one former British paratrooper will be prosecuted for two murders and four attempted murders on Bloody Sunday

New Zealand fascist murderer given confidence by climate of Islamophobia

A man who took part in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand was a self-declared fascist.

Pictures of the climate strike in London

Thousands of school students took part in the climate strike on 15 March

Thousands take to the streets across Britain to demand action on climate change

Friday saw historic action for climate change across 123 countries and territories and in over 2,000 towns and cities.

Angry demonstrations in Britain against racism and fascism

Up to 25,000 marched in London and around 1,000 in both Glasgow and Cardiff

International reports from the World Against Racism day

Thousands of people demonstrated in Athens and across Greece as part of the World Against Racism day of protests.

Pictures from the Stand Up To Racism demonstration in London

25,000 marched

Witness speaks out on Islamophobic attack in London

A Muslim woman has spoken out about the horror of an attack near a mosque in the wake of the fascist killings in New Zealand.

Hillsborough - summing up underway in trials of Duckenfield and Mackrell

Former police match commander David Duckenfield held “ultimate responsibility” on the day of the Hillsborough football disaster, a court has heard.

Grenfell residents’ rights breached says new report

Hundreds of people joined the monthly Silent Walk to demand justice for those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire on Thursday of last week.

Outsourced workers fight to win NHS pay

Solidarity is growing for outsourced workers’ fight for equal pay at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Bin workers bag £3,500 lump sum after walkouts

Unions are claiming victory after Birmingham council offered a four-figure lump sum to bin workers last week.

Carers round up—Birmingham home care keep up fight + AFG strikes

Care workers in Birmingham struck last Saturday against council bosses’ plans to slash jobs and run down the service.

School workers strike to stop academy

NEU union members at Galliard School in north London struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.

Get behind Jo McNeill for UCU general secretary

Socialist Worker is backing UCU Left member Jo McNeill for general secretary of the UCU union.

More privatisation chaos as Interserve collapses

Thousands of workers have been plunged into an uncertain future as outsourcing giant Interserve collapsed into ­administration last week.

School in Birmingham ends lessons on LGBT+

A primary school in Birmingham has dropped a programme that includes LGBT+ education after weeks of parent protests.

Push for national pay fight in the civil service

Workers in the civil service began balloting for national strikes on Monday in a fight to smash low pay

Tory fools are in a Brexit farce as ruling class panic grows

The Tories’ Brexit crisis has descended further into farce. But behind the absurdity is a deep panic in the ruling class.

College lecturers across Scotland and in England strike over pay

College lecturers across Scotland and in nine colleges in England were set to strike over pay and conditions this week.

Reports round-up: march for jobs at Honda

The Unite union has called a march and rally against the closure of the Honda car plant in Swindon

Reports round-up: 250 join unofficial walkout over university library cuts

Hundreds of workers staged a dramatic wildcat strike on Monday at Soas University of London

College strikes show way forward in fight for better pay

Workers at four colleges in England began a three-day strike on Wednesday in the “third wave” of a battle over pay and conditions.


Yellow Vest movement has Emmanuel Macron on the run

A picture of the president quaffing wine while Paris burned didn’t go down well, reports?Charlie Kimber


Brexit is not a key cause of the crisis in the car industry

Bad news has been hitting the British car industry since the start of the year. In January Jaguar Land Rover announced 4,500 redundancies, mostly in Britain.


North Africa - from a democratic uprising to revolution

The massive protests that have gripped Algeria in recent weeks are inspiring. How can they win?

School strikes—a climate of hope

After a reported 1.5 million people join school strikes over climate change, Sarah Bates reports from the walkout in London—and looks at where the movement could go next

How did Mussolini’s fascists come to power?

Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at the birth of Italian fascism 100 years on


Home is an empathetic sitcom exploring the refugee crisis

Channel 4’s new six-part sitcom written by and starring Rufus Jones is very promising.

Girl is a powerful film about trans teenager’s struggles

The story is a compelling tale of Tara’s battles at a top ballet school alongside her fight to live an authentic life. It’s a masterful study, argues?Laura Miles

What We Think

Brexit and the sham of capitalist democracy

Votes that aren’t “meaningful”. Votes on the already defeated policies of a government without a majority. And votes blocked by parliamentary conventions from over 400 years ago.

Universal Credit is a Tory threat to women

Tory Britain is ruining lives. MPs have been forced to launch an inquiry into how the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) has pushed some women to work as prostitutes.

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Brian Mulvey 1951-2019

It is with great sadness that comrades and Unison union activists heard of the death of Brian Mulvey after a short illness

LETTERS—We must defend Corbyn to build unity against racism

As an octogenarian, my views on antisemitism were shaped by growing up before and after the Second World War.

The things they say

‘Labour is a very happy family’

Spooks reveal a little of what they knew about VIP abuse

Margaret Thatcher personally supported one of her MPs who had an alleged “penchant for small boys”

Join protest in solidarity with people in Palestine

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called actions on 30 March to build an 11 May national demonstration. Socialist Worker spoke to its director Ben Jamal

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