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Issue: 2693

Dated: 25 Feb 2020


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After Weinstein guilty verdict—fight sexism everywhere

The conviction of Harvey Weinstein for rape and sexual harassment ought to be a spur for a war against sexism everywhere.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Transport round up: No service across the Bakerloo Tube line

The Bakerloo line of the London Underground ground to a halt last weekend as workers staged a solid four-day walkout from Friday of last week.

Workers get vote out for Royal Mail battle

Postal workers across Britain staged a fresh show of strength on Tuesday as they gear up to vote in a new national strike ballot.

Reports round-up: Anti-racism in Scotland, Addaction strike, RSCPA ballot and more

Health workers in Wigan and Leigh were set to launch five days of strikes over pay on Thursday.

‘We will strike until we win,’ say traffic wardens

Traffic wardens in Hackney, east London, have vowed to keep up the fight over pay and terms and conditions.

‘Locked in a detention centre, I work for £1 an hour’

The Tories have handed Serco a multimillion pound contract to run a further two immigration detention centres

Fight against transphobia

The Tories could drop plans to give trans people the right to self-identify under the guise of “protecting children”, according to the Sunday Times newspaper.

Cops go free after black man dies

The family of a black man who died in police custody is “devastated and outraged” that five police officers will not face disciplinary action.

As bosses try to undermine solidarity with UCU - students say back the strikes

University bosses are trying to undermine solidarity with striking workers ahead of a major wave of walkouts due to start on Thursday.

Enthusiastic start to 14 days of strikes in universities

UCU union members are fighting over pay, equality, workloads, contracts and pensions

First day of strike at universities was a big success

Strikers reported strong picket lines, solidarity from students, donations from other trade unionists and an upbeat mood.

Universities strike day 2 - ‘All the issues are joined together’

Workers took to the picket lines on Friday at 62 universities. Workers are fighting casual contracts, low pay, spiralling workloads, pay gaps and attacks on pensions.

Thousands join XR march demanding action on climate emergency

Over 5,000 people joined an Extinction Rebellion march in London on Saturday, and it led to discussions on tactics

Fury after racists assault black man in London pub

Fury erupted outside the Duke of Wellington in west London last Saturday after racists assaulted a black man at the pub.

Letters - Population Matters replies

We published an article on 7 January which Population Matters believes mischaracterises its position on a number of issues, and we have agreed to publish the following letter-

Julian Assange fights extradition challenge

Julian Assange began his fight against extradition to the US in a London court on Monday.

Strike for rewards in Tower Hamlets council and schools

Tower Hamlets council workers in east London have backed strikes against a series of attacks on their pay, terms and conditions.

An all-out strike to go at Brogan’s Cafe in Swindon

Workers at Brogan’s Cafe in Swindon were in a defiant mood as they began the second week of an indefinite strike over poor working conditions on Monday.

‘Take the market out of education,’ say the sixth form workers as battle grows

Workers across 34 sixth form colleges were set to strike on Thursday this week, demanding more funding and higher pay.

Strikers at the Foreign Office vow to fight on as latest phase of action comes to an end

The latest phase of action at the Foreign Office is ending, but the battle is not over, says Nick Clark


International

Mass protests after massacre by Nazi terrorist in Germany

Tens of thousands of people protested after a gunman killed nine people from migrant backgrounds at a shisha bar and a cafe in the city of Hanau.

International round-up - Win for Sanders and First Nation protests in pipeline

Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate after a landslide victory in Nevada last Saturday.


Comment

Systematic hypocrisy and the death of Caroline Flack

The suicide of Caroline Flack has opened up debate about the media, reality TV and mental distress. But jumping to simplistic explanations or solutions will not help vulnerable people, says Sarah Bates

Labour leadership don’t inspire hope

Why is the Labour Party leadership election so depressing? Clearly it has something to do with the line-up. In all probability it will come down to the choice between Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, and Rebecca Long-Bailey, the candidate of the left.


Features

Flooding victims say ‘help came too late’

Climate catastrophe is here—and it’s causing storms and other forms of extreme weather

Their free speech and ours

As debates rage on the left over whose opinions should we allow to be heard, the right pose as free speech defenders to justify bigotry. Simon Basketter speaks his mind


Reviews

Greed film is a take down of the rich that doesn’t quite hit the mark

Greed, a new comedy starring Steve Coogan, shows up the vain and vacuous lives of billionaires. But it suffers from smug liberalism


What We Think

Wealth and power meant establishment ignored child abuse

The establishment spent decades turning “a blind eye” to allegations of child sexual abuse.


Other Categories

John Tregale, 1946-2020

John Tregale, our West London Socialist Workers Party (SWP) comrade died on 16 February. He was in hospital undergoing treatment for complications following recent heart surgery.

Letters - Population Matters replies

We published an article on 7 January which Population Matters believes mischaracterises its position on a number of issues, and we have agreed to publish the following letter-

The things they say

‘We got enough problems with South Korea with trade. On top of it, they give them the best movie of the year?’

Thanks from super-rich criminals as Donald Trump hands them pardons

US President Donald Trump pardoned a clutch of super-rich criminals last week including “junk-bond king” Michael Milken.

Israel’s political deadlock exposed by another election

As Israelis prepare for their third election in a year, Nick Clark looks at what lies behind the stalemate—and says the occupation of Palestine lies at the root of the deep political crisis.



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