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Issue: 2661

Dated: 02 Jul 2019

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We need workers’ strikes - not just solidarity - to fight climate change

How far are we willing to go to prevent climate catastrophe?

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Police ‘contributed’ to the death of Darren Cumberbatch

Darren Cumberbatch died in hospital in July 2017, nine days after being punched, stamped on, Tasered and hit with a baton by cops.

Birmingham health workers vow to fight on after bosses vote to outsource their jobs

Health workers in the West Midlands have vowed to keep fighting after bosses voted to press ahead with plans to privatise their jobs on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson threatens migrants in a bid to win racist Tory votes

Boris Johnson is ramping up attacks on migrants in an effort to cement support from the racist Tories who are choosing the next prime minister.

Strikes in Essex block academy plan at Waltham Holy Cross school

Strikers at Waltham Holy Cross school in Waltham Abbey, Essex, won a victory last week.

School workers in Scotland reject blather from bosses

Teachers at two schools in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, have struck over health concerns.

Workers walk out to stop Yorkshire school closure

Workers at The Grove Academy in Harrogate, north Yorkshire, walked out on Thursday of last week. It was the fourth strike in a fight to stop cuts that unions say will force the school to close.

Hundreds join protest to save Stourbridge College

Around 400 people joined a protest last Saturday to defend Stourbridge College in the West Midlands, which faces closure.

‘Pride is a chance to show anger at the attacks on us’

Pride marches should see outpourings of anger against the rise of attacks on LGBT+ people that we’ve seen in recent weeks.

Outsourced workers plan an indefinite strike for the London Living Wage

Cleaners and caterers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) in central London are set to begin an indefinite strike this month.

Reports round-up—Jobs fight at IT firm DXC

Over 200 people joined a protest against US president Donald Trump’s threats to Iran last week.

Transport round-up—New strikes in airport fight

Disputes are continuing to hit Aberdeen and Glasgow airports, both owned by AGS Airports Limited.

Tax cuts for the rich and EU promises from Tory leadership hopefuls

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt want us to know that they are really, really serious about leaving the European Union (EU).

Left Labour joins in with right over Brexit and antisemitism smears

Frail, weak and unprepared for the pressures of being in government. Not Jeremy Corbyn—the Labour left.

Anti-racist round-up—pressure builds on Trump’s reign of terror

Anti-racists in the US are organising against Donald Trump’s plan to deport “millions” of undocumented migrants.


Sudan - a history of a mass revolt

A timeline of the inspiring six-month revolt in Sudan which has raised issues about revolution today

How South African mine workers struck against sexual harassment - and won

On 19 June, 290 members of National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa at Lanxess Chrome Mine commenced an underground sit-in strike. The strike was against sexual harassment and in solidarity with dismissed co-workers.

Huge protests in Sudan defy police attacks and call for an end to military rule

Huge demonstrations swept Sudan on Sunday demanding an end to military rule.

Defiant Hong Kong protests target the government and humiliate the authorities

Protesters smashed into Hong Kong’s main government building, the Legislative Council, on Monday – and ramped up the crisis facing the country’s rulers.

Angry protests return to Iraq

New protests have erupted in Basra, southern Iraq.


‘The struggle is still on in France - now we all need to unite against Macron’

Richard Greeman, a Marxist writer and activist best known for his work on Victor Serge, reports from France

Alexandra Kollontai—fighting for liberation and freedom

This new Rebel’s Guide is a critical tool for understanding the struggle today, argues Gabby Thorpe

Trade and conflict at the G20 summit

The G20 has become a venue for the struggle between the two giants of the global economy, the United States and China.


Is a green future possible?

As the global movement to save the planet grows deeper, Martin Empson spoke to Sarah Bates about a new book on what caused climate chaos—and how we can stop it

Refugees in Glasgow fled war - now Serco wants to dump them on the street

Over 300 asylum seekers face being turned out onto the streets of Glasgow by multinational giant Serco. Alistair Farrow spoke to the tenants and activists on the frontline of resisting the evictions


Harlem 1969—a forgotten festival of the oppressed

A new book by journalist Stuart Cosgrove uncovers the story of the historic Harlem Cultural Festival. He spoke to Alistair Farrow about its legacy today

Kursk—a film that gives a snapshot of Russian society

Kursk—the Last Mission, tells the story of a Russian submarine disaster in 2000. It is for people who like war and disaster films.

What We Think

Fight the climate crisis and organise a socialist revolution

In 2019 it is more urgent than ever that we fight for socialism.

After tragic plane death—let migrants into Britain safely

The horrific death of an African person was trivialised by most of the media

Other Categories

LETTERS - I’m proud to be attacked by Daily Mail for defending NHS

The Daily Mail was outraged to see a motion passed at the recent British Medical Association conference that defended healthcare for all.

The Troublemaker—Thousands of primary schools at risk as asbestos crisis looms

Children and workers in over 5,000 state-run primary schools across England are at risk from asbestos.

Fury at firm’s cruel plan to shut special needs school

Outsourcer Elysium’s scheme to close Crossley Manor school in Merseyside shows the danger of running education for profit

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