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Issue: 2659

Dated: 18 Jun 2019

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School strikers hit streets once again

School student strikers were preparing for their fifth strike for the climate on Friday of this week. They remain determined in the face of threats from school bosses.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Outsourcing giant Serco renews threat to evict Glasgow asylum seekers

The company announced on Wednesday that it will begin changing locks on the properties where 300 people live

Patients put at risk by NHS waiting times

While the Tories slug it out to decide who will be their next leader, new figures expose the destruction caused to the NHS by government policies.

Thousands march to remember those who died in Grenfell Tower

There was sorrow on the march but also anger at the system that produced the conditions for it to happen

Protest at Downing Street demands justice for Grenfell

Up to a thousand people joined a march on Saturday to demand justice for the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire.

Ford workers vote in support of strikes to stop a jobs massacre in Bridgend

Workers at Ford’s Bridgend plant have voted to support strikes to stop job cuts. Now there must be a united fight to stop the attacks everywhere, writes Charlie Kimber

Ballot to begin to defend UCU union rep Dave Muritu from victimisation

Workers at Sandwell College will begin a strike ballot this week in the campaign to defend sacked UCU union rep Dave Muritu.

PFI projects disastrous for safety, argues new book

Stuart Hodkinson spoke to Alistair Farrow about a public housng scandal that leaves many residents at risk

Unison local government conferences debates how best to resist Tory austerity

Hundreds of delegates spent two days thrashing out how to fight austerity at the Unison union local government conference this week.

More action at The John Roan School to say no to academisation

Greenwich council last week unanimously decided to hand over The John Roan School to a United Learning Trust (ULT) Multi-Academy Trust.

Pensioners plan protests to stop cuts to free TV licences

This year’s Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool was rocked by news that the BBC is to end free TV licences for over 75s unless they qualify for pension credit.

Anti-racism Round-up

Oppose Farage |Kent protest |Regional meetings

The battle is on at Bradford College

Workers at Bradford College were ending a ballot for strikes as Socialist Worker went to press.

Reports round-up - Sainsbury’s depot strike plan

Almost 400 workers at the Sainsbury’s distribution depot in Waltham Point, north London, are set to strike for 24 hours from 6am on Thursday 27 June.

NHS fight in Birmingham

Around 150 workers at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust were set to strike for three days next week.

‘Clean bog then serve grub’

Over 50 people joined a protest outside St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, last Friday.

Activists block roads to kick off Edinburgh week of climate action

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists blocked traffic in Edinburgh on Monday, causing disruption to businesses. Five activists glued themselves to the road.


Halt of general strike risks stalling the revolt in Sudan

Sudan’s revolt suffered a setback as opposition leaders called off a general strike—despite its huge success

Eyewitness from Hong Kong as protests force a retreat on extradition bill

The government in Hong Kong has suspended a planned bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The climbdown follows huge demonstrations.

Millions of workers join walkouts against Bolsonaro in Brazil

Millions of workers struck in Brazil on Friday of last week against bigoted president Jair Bolsonaro’s pension reforms.

Resist the Trump team’s desire for war with Iran

 US and British politicians, led by president Donald Trump risk a drive towards war with Iran


Mohammed Morsi’s death in Egypt shows the need for real revolutionary change

The death of former president Mohammed Morsi on Monday shone a light on the brutal reality of the Egyptian counter-revolution.


Stopping climate chaos - an activist’s guide to changing the world

A new handbook by Extinction Rebellion reveals the terrifying future we could face as a result of climate chaos—but it also offers ideas and hope to transform society, says Sarah Bates

Britain’s legacy of brutality in Palestine

Israeli attacks on Palestinians today rightly horrify millions of people. But the Zionist state has learned many of its repressive techniques from Britain, writes Nick Clark


How system treats refugees with a bureaucratic cruelty

A film about a family that flees to France from the violence of Central African Republic is a condemnation of the asylum system, writes Charlie Kimber

Sweeping Lee Krasner retrospective

This is an amazing and long-overdue opportunity to see the work of Lee Krasner, a formidable American artist whose importance has often been forgotten.

Don Pasquale hits the road

The story hinges on how private property—in this case a kebab van—creates inequality and distorts the relationships between individuals.

What We Think

As Tory hypocrites decry the damage they caused - get them all out

The Tories have conveniently discovered their social conscience as the party leadership election hots up.

Ground Heathrow expansion plan to save the planet

Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson famously said he would “lie down in front of those bulldozers and stop the construction” of Heathrow airport’s third runway. He should get ready for action.

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LETTERS - homophobic attacks show the need for militant resistance

After reading your timely article on increases in LGBT+ attacks, I googled Pride in London (PiL) to find out how I might raise my voice against these atrocities.

The Troublemaker - Traders are ‘gutted’ at being banned from drinking at work

Traders at the London Metal Exchange (LME) are fuming at a new rule that means they can’t get drunk at work.

Boris Johnson—most vicious of Tory clowns

The heir apparent of the Tory party has a carefully constructed image as the posho you love to hate. Simon Basketter explains why you should just hate

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