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Issue: 2678

Dated: 29 Oct 2019


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Corbyn calls for election, despite pressure from Labour right wing

The row over whether or not Labour should back a general election showed how much power right wing MPs still have in their party.


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News

More militant mobilisations can win second independence referendum in Scotland

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon was set to address an outdoor pro-independence rally in Glasgow on Saturday.

Over one million ‘rise up’ on the streets of Chile

Over a million people took to the streets of Chile’s capital Santiago last weekend.

General Motors strike ends with dodgy deal

A strike by nearly 50,000 General Motors (GM) workers ended last Friday, as the UAW union ratified a new contract with the firm.

Families left in torment after Essex lorry deaths

Vietnamese families fear that their relatives were among the 39 refugees who died in a ­refrigerated truck in Essex last week.

Vancouver sees 10,000 attend climate rally

Over 10,000 people joined Greta Thunberg in Vancouver, Canada, last Friday to march for climate justice.

Foul corruption sparks angry demonstrations in Guinea

Huge crowds of demonstrators flooded the streets of Guinea’s capital, Conakry, last week.

Health round up: A fight for dignity and respect at St Mary’s Hospital

Cleaners, porters and caterers from St Mary’s hospital in west London began 15 days of strikes on Monday demanding equality with NHS staff.

Reports round up: United Families and Friends protest for justice

Over 200 people joined the United Families and Friends march in central London last Saturday.

Boris Johnson gears up for campaign of Brexit, cuts and attacks

Boris Johnson was floundering and spinning his way towards a general election as Socialist Worker went to press.

Blame Tory cost-cutting and racism for Grenfell Tower fire

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire should be a chance to expose cost-cutting, institutional racism and the way profit comes before people

Tories have blood on their hands of the 39 people found dead in Essex lorry

The bodies of 39 people were found dead in the back of a lorry on an Essex industrial estate in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

‘It’s not rocket science—fair pay now,’ say museums strikers

Workers at Science Museums across England struck for a second time on Wednesday in a battle over pay.

Revealed—Royal Mail is recruiting strikebreakers

Bosses at Royal Mail are recruiting a scab workforce of thousands to try and break a coming national strike.

Refugees condemn system that led to deaths of 39 people

'When you have no options, you do whatever you need to do,"

Tories’ Universal Credit forces women into prostitution

Vulnerable women are being forced into prostitution because of the Tories’ Universal Credit (UC) benefit. It is more evidence of why the nasty benefit must be scrapped now.

Beryl—the story of an outstanding cyclist that needs to be told

Beryl Burton deserves far more attention.

Walkouts set to hit 25 sixth form colleges

Workers at 25 sixth form colleges were set to strike on 5 November—the second walkout in a battle over pay and funding.

Education round up: Notts College workers get ready for more walkouts

UCU union members at Nottingham College were set to start a fresh wave of strikes next week in their battle over new contracts.

Local government round up: Fight at Bradford libraries escalates

Fight at libraries escalates


International

Violent offensive hasn’t stopped the movement in Iraq

Protesters in Iraq have defied violent attacks to stay on the streets against unemployment, poverty and corruption

Murderers gloat over Isis

US president Donald Trump gloated after the alleged killing of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Protesters show unity in Lebanon

Mass demonstrations across Lebanon have entered their second week

Could demonstrations mark a new phase of the revolution in Sudan?

People are becoming frustrated at the lack of change, reports Charlie Kimber

‘We are witnessing an insurrection against 30 years of neoliberalism in Chile’

What’s happening in Chile at the moment can be called an insurrection. 

Eyewitness from mass protests and police repression in Catalonia

Angry protests swept Catalonia last weekend over harsh jail sentences handed down to activists who called the 2017 independence referendum. Over 350,000 people marched last Saturday.


Comment

Jakarta—a horrifying vision of climate catastrophe

Tens of millions of ordinary people face life in a polluted, flooded, sinking city, reports Sarah Bates

Cuban lessons for Latin America’s left

Latin America has returned to the headlines with the explosive revolts in Chile and Ecuador. They show how neoliberalism continues to evoke massive popular resistance


Features

Exploring a world in rebellion

With huge anti-government movements erupting across the globe, Sadie Robinson looks the root cause of these protests and how these struggles have the potential to win

‘I could’ve been one of the 39 who died’—refugees speak out over lorry deaths

The horrific deaths of 39 people found in the back of a lorry in Essex brought back terrible memories for many refugees.


Reviews

Magic of His Dark Materials is finally done well on screen

It’s the adaptation that lovers of Philip Pullman’s trilogy have been waiting for—and you don’t need to read the books to enjoy it, writes Gabby Thorpe


What We Think

Avenge their deaths

We have to make the Tories pay for the thousands of people who have been killed by their rule.

General election is chance to smash Brexit deadlock

For more than two years official politics has been consumed by a seemingly endless Brexit crisis and Westminster game-playing.


Other Categories

Letters—We hope our strike at Beis encourages others to fight

After being on indefinite strike since the middle of July, I and the other cleaners at the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) finally have our victory.

The Troublemaker—Cruel Universal Credit drives poor women into prostitution

Vulnerable women are being forced into prostitution because of the Tories’ Universal Credit (UC) benefit. It is more evidence of why the nasty benefit must be scrapped now.



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