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Issue: 2683

Dated: 03 Dec 2019

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UCU strikers say, ‘the future of higher education is at stake’

More than 43,000 lecturers and other university staff returned to a strike this week in a battle over pay, pensions, conditions and contracts.

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UCU strike day three—new forces could join the battle

University strikers have been cheered by news that their union is set to reballot more branches

Corbyn shows Tories are patently trying to privatise the NHS

Jeremy Corbyn declared that “the election is now a fight for the survival of our NHS” after he revealed a Tory dossier on Wednesday.

SNP manifesto launch underlines reasons to vote Labour

The issue the SNP placed front and centre was not independence or austerity but Brexit

Take to the streets for the climate

 Striking school students will take action on Friday across many areas of Britain and large parts of the globe.

No justice for Hillsborough families

Families of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster have reacted with disbelief and anger after David Duckenfield was found not guilty of manslaughter.

Hundreds of thousands join latest global climate strikes

Hundreds of thousands of activists who are part of the Fridays for Future movement demanded urgent climate action

Twenty years since the great Seattle anti-capitalist revolt

On 30 November 1999 demonstrations, street occupations and riots at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation signalled the birth of a new opposition to the people at the top of the political and economic system.

London Bridge killings are linked to imperialist war

The horrific killing of two people in a knife attack on Friday in London is being used to bolster right wing ideas. The crackdown has to be opposed.

UCU strikes see an ‘inspiring’ sixth day

UCU members staged big picket lines and rallies on Monday, on the sixth day of an eight-day strike. Many workers feel emboldened after a week of hugely successful action.

Rail strike on track to paralyse network

Hundreds of train guards began a huge programme of strikes against unsafe and unfair cost-cutting measures that jeopardise safety and their jobs.

Big Labour rallies show enthusiasm for Corbyn

As the Labour Party announced on Monday it would slash rail fares in government, Jeremy Corbyn supporters celebrated big turnouts at his rallies.

After CWU loses court appeal over Royal Mail strikes - now start the reballot

Postal workers were waiting to find out the next steps in the battle to defend their jobs and working conditions, as Socialist Worker went to press on Tuesday.

Bradford’s angry library workers won’t be silent

Library and museum workers in West Yorkshire began a five-day walkout on Monday of this week.

Support prisoners during the holiday season by sending a letter

As the holiday season approaches, Socialist Worker asks readers to write to political prisoners and those who have suffered at the hands of the system.

HMRC workers’ fightback begins

Workers at an HMRC tax office in west London were set to strike for two half days on Thursday of this week and Thursday of next week.

Reports round-up: Hackney drivers walk out, gritters vote for action and more

Workers who grit roads in west Wales have voted to strike.

Workers at central London universities call united action for equality

University workers in central London have called the “first ever combined strike of directly employed and outsourced workers in the history of higher education” on Wednesday.

Strike at East London college over low pay

Workers at the Tower Hamlets branch of New City College began a two-day strike over pay and conditions on Tuesday.

Strikers say no to school bullies at St Catherine’s School for Girls

NEU union members at St Catherine’s School for Girls struck on Tuesday of last week in a row over bullying.

Protesters tell racist bigot Donald Trump he’s not welcome in Britain

Some 2,000 protesters took to the streets on Tuesday in London to demonstrate against Donald Trump's visit and the Nato warmongers' summit

Union holds Black Friday protests against Amazon

The GMB union held Black Friday and Cyber Monday protests at several Amazon sites in anger at the “appalling” treatment of workers.

Tories use London Bridge killings to reinforce right wing policy

Right wingers are using the horrific killing of two people near London Bridge last week to bolster a reactionary agenda


Huge protest movement brings down Iraqi prime minister

A mass protest movement has forced the Iraqi prime minister to resign

Pensions strikes sweep France in a big push to repel Emmanuel Macron’s attack

Big strikes were set to hit France on Thursday this week as workers revolt against president Emmanuel Macron’s assault on pensions.


What's behind antisemitism slurs?

The Tories and the Blairites within the Labour Party quickly realised after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader that the antisemitism slur was their most effective weapon against him.


Why does China persecute the Uyghur Muslims?

Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at the history of nationalism behind China’s racist horror


Racist moral panic behind the Blue Story cinema ban

Vue cinema banned Blue Story— a powerful film against violence—last week. It exposed the establishment’s fear of young black people

Elizabeth Is Missing—a drama without cliches about dementia and loss

Elizabeth Is Missing, a new BBC drama, is brilliant.

What We Think

Rulers’ climate change cop outs burn planet

E arth is experiencing such an acute climate crisis that “once in a century” catastrophes are now becoming regular occurrences

Strikes and protests show how to build the resistance

Three things in the past week have offered some inspiration and excitement away from the election grind

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LETTERS—Don’t stand apart or sneer at canvassing for Labour

campaigners and canvassers should not see people just as “objects of a campaign to get them to vote” (WhatsApp to Victory? 20 November).

The Things They Say

‘In the old days a decent fellow would have his butler take him out and shoot him’

‘This is a story of abuse and this is a story of your royalty’

Virginia Giuffre in an interview with BBC Panorama said, “I implore the people in the UK to stand up beside me, to help me fight this fight, to not accept this as being OK

Strikers at St Mary’s have NHS privatisers on the run

A series of strikes has forced NHS England bosses and multinationals onto the back foot over privatisation and outsourcing. Gabby Thorpe reports on the latest fight in west London

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