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Issue: 2688

Dated: 21 Jan 2020

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Rhetoric from the rich masks a rotten system

Billionaire bosses, politicians and celebrities descended on Davos in Switzerland this week for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF).

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Otis Bolamu wins right to remain in Britain after determined campaign

Anti-racists in West Wales are celebrating after Otis Bolamu was granted the right to stay in Britain on Wednesday.

Scottish climate activists protest against system rigged for oil companies

Climate rebels in Aberdeen positioned themselves on oil firm Shell’s doorstep on Thursday to “point the finger at people who are responsible” for climate catastrophe.

5,000 disabled people get benefit payments—but only after their deaths

Some 5,000 ill and disabled benefit claimants have died before being repaid thousands of pounds owed to them due to a government error.

Royal Mail strikes could be in pipeline after union leader calls for fresh ballot

The fight for the future of Royal Mail is heating up again after a union leader announced plans for another national strike ballot.

Politicians and billionaires strike dodgy deals at Davos

Billionaire bosses, politicians and celebrities descended on Davos in Switzerland this week for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF).

Labour leadership hopefuls battle it out at key hustings

Forty seconds to answer a question is perfect for a politician. It gives you just enough time to sound as if you’ve said something, without saying anything much.

Labour council ready to use anti-union laws

Workers rallied at Tower Hamlets council in east London last week demanding the Labour-run local authority stop its attacks on workers.

Reports round-up—Two strikes at Heathrow and Rail Gourmet walkout

Two strikes at Heathrow?

Seriously ill patients stranded in A&E wards

A decade of Tory cuts has the NHS at breaking point—with patients stuck in ambulances and emergency wards, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

International round up: Stronger strikes can end France stalemate

The revolt in France against attacks on pensions has reached a critical moment.

Striking to secure end to outsourcing

Around 25 security staff at St George’s medical school in south London have unleashed a programme of 15 days of strikes as part of their battle to be brought inhouse.

Outrage after lesbian attacked in Sunderland

A lesbian woman was targeted in a vicious homophobic attack in Sunderland last week.

Cleaners win, but Birkbeck outsourcing fight isn’t over

Cleaners at Birkbeck college in central London are celebrating after winning their battle to be directly employed by the university.

Huge victory in Newham schools academy battle

Workers at an east London secondary school have won a big victory in a fight against academisation.

Planned post walkout called off, but battle over bullying isn’t over in Bootle

Postal workers in Merseyside have called off a planned strike after bosses backed down in a dispute over victimisations.

Union members at Soas call a walkout after ‘appalling’ attacks on workers

A group of workers at Soas University of London are discussing action over bosses’ plans to impose serious attacks on staff. The plan will effectively put workers on casual contracts out of a job.

Rising heat should raise alarm for catastrophe

Temperatures are smashing records, but climate rebels in Scotland are taking on those responsible, reports Sarah Bates

An owl of rage at high speed rail line

Rebels took to Colne Valley, west London last Saturday in a day of direct action against the development of the high-speed HS2 train line.

Protest for child refugees

Protesters from charity Safe Passage and Stand Up To Racism held a demonstration in central London on Monday in defence of child refugees’ rights.

Carpet makers in Cleckheaton roll into third month of pay strike

Workers at Westex Carpets in West Yorkshire are in an all-out fight to pull the rug from under bosses’ feet.

Billionaires gather at Davos - the rich gloat as planet burns

“Without treating this as a real crisis we cannot solve it,” was the rallying cry from school climate strike leader Greta Thunberg to world leaders this week.

Prison deaths and self-harm revealed in new report

Every four days a person in prison takes their own life. Levels of distress are at record high levels, with 166 recorded incidents of self-harm every day


‘Help us beat neoliberal president Macron’—French strikers appeal for solidarity

France’s trade unions are making an international appeal to sustain their strikes against president Emmanuel Macron’s assault on pensions.

Rage against sexist Trump as tens of thousands join US Women’s Marches

Up to 10,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Washington DC for the fourth annual US Women's March on Saturday. 


Rules pushed by Labour right hit Palestine solidarity

Nick Clark looks at how the most recent antisemitism smears are playing out in the Labour leadership election

Can Boris Johnson get an EU trade deal done?

Now Boris Johnson really has to “get Brexit done”. Formally leaving the European Union (EU) on 31 January is one thing. Settling the real relationship between Britain and what will remain its biggest market is quite another.


Why do the royals still reign?

As scandals and splits tear chunks out of the royal family, Simon Basketter looks at what keeps them in place—and why the people who actually rule us still want them

‘At the core of the Holocaust was an industrial killing system’—75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz

Author and poet Michael Rosen spoke to Socialist Worker on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz


There Is No Year—an angry, dark album for a new decade

The latest offering from the band Algiers encapsulates a period of chaos, war and struggle—but it’s also got a sense of resistance

Seberg misses a wider radical picture

As a bloody battle between Black Power and the US state raged in the late sixties, the movement enlisted some unlikely allies

What We Think

Corbyn’s peer pressure

Boris Johnson’s wheeze to spaff a fortune up a wall moving the House of Lords to York was met with derision—even from the Lords.

Other Categories

Obituary - Nita Sanghera, 1961-2020

We are all devastated to hear that Nita passed away last Thursday, after battling illness for the last six months.

Letters—We’re fighting for Sheffield to divest from Israeli firms

At Sheffield Hallam (SHU) we’re fighting to get the university to divest from companies that participate or invest in Israeli violation of international law.

The things they say

‘These are the worst election results for the school in 400 years’

Drug company slammed for lottery for sick children

Drugmaker Novartis has launched an international lottery for its extremely costly gene therapy Zolgensma

The right use abuse scandals to feed racism

A new report shows politicians and the media use abuse to whip up Islamophobia, says Sadie Robinson

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