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Issue: 2695

Dated: 10 Mar 2020

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Tories fail to take action we need on coronavirus

As the number of coronavirus cases rises in Britain, Socialist Worker looks at what needs to be done to contain it

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University bosses admit damage caused by casual contracts

A key demand of university strikers is wholly correct admit employers

Shrewsbury 24 appeal decision shows ‘you have to keep fighting’—Ricky Tomlinson

Ricky Tomlinson, is probably best known as Jim 'My arse' Royle in the hugely popular Royle Family television comedy. He is a socialist who was jailed on trumped-up charges for his role in a strike in 1972. This week, as the cases were sent back to the Court of Appeal, Ricky spoke to Socialist Worker

New protests planned over vicious Tory deportation regime

Campaigners have been boosted by the release—at least temporarily—of one person who had been readied for deportation.

No retreat as university strikers keep up the fight on all fronts

UCU union strikers report new faces on picket lines and strong support from students. But some union leaders are prepared to settle for well short of what workers deserve.

Protests and meetings build 21 March anti-racist demonstrations

People marched against deportations, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged people to take to the streets to “show our opposition to the rise of racism”

Greta Thunberg says new laws won’t tackle climate crisis

Greta Thunberg has blasted the latest plan by the European Union (EU) commission to tackle carbon emissions as “empty words”.

Tory budget will double down on horror for ordinary people

New chancellor Rishi Sunak may promise the end of austerity, but the cabinet isn’t interested in reversing a decade of cuts, benefit freezes and privatisation, argues?Sophie Squire

Court challenge to Universal Credit childcare cost rules to go ahead

A woman has been given the go-ahead to take the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to court over Universal Credit (UC) rules.

Anger at outsourcer sees Tower Hamlets bin depot blockaded

There were defiant scenes outside bin depots in east London on Monday as striking workers refused to let managers, scabs and lorries move.

Final week to win massive strike vote in Royal Mail

Royal Mail workers are campaigning hard to win a national strike ballot by the biggest majority possible.

Reports round up: Deal agreed at Harrods

Security guards and CCTV operators at Harrods department store in west London have accepted a deal over pay and working conditions.

Fascists and racist state attack refugees in Lesvos

As the European Union (EU) encourages police violence against migrants at Greece’s border with Turkey, Nazis are targeting refugees on the island of Lesvos.

Lesvos refugee crisis—regimes collude to enforce borders

The recent spike in attempts to enter Greece comes after the breakdown of a deal between the European Union (EU) and Turkey meant to stop refugees coming to Europe.

Education round up: Chance to escalate sixth form strikes

Workers in 34 sixth form colleges took their sixth day of strikes on Tuesday, in a battle to win more funding and pay.

Transport round up: No delays in campaign to build big Tube strike vote

Workers on the London Underground are driving through a campaign to get a solid yes vote in their strike ballot.

Coronavirus—‘We need emergency action’

The Socialist Workers Party has made a statement calling for urgent measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis and protect people's lives


French ban on protests fails to stop resistance

Paris is set be a capital of protest and resistance on Saturday.

Lebanon debt default sparks IMF fear

Lebanon defaulted on a foreign debt payment for the first time in its history this week.

Misery after Brazil landslides



South Korean socialist says, ‘Our government protects profit, not people’

The coronavirus has raised sharp political issues in South Korea, says Jang Ho-jong

Tories’ freeports are bad news for workers

Sarah Bates looks at how the Tory promise of new deregulated ‘freeports’ will benefit big business, not workers

Bosses’ virus fears are only for profits

“New data paint grim picture of coronavirus fallout,” read a headline in the Financial Times newspaper last week. My heart sank when I saw it. But when I anxiously scanned the article, it wasn’t about the spread of the coronavirus or the deaths it is causing.


Covid-19 - a virus that exposes the system’s failures

The coronavirus, like all serious epidemics, reveals capitalism’s priorities and shows us why it cannot protect us. Socialist and scientist John Parrington talked to Socialist Worker about the current crisis

U.S. Democrats will not bring real change

Time and again radical movements for change have looked to the Democrats to fight for them, but have being bitterly betrayed. Tomáš Tengely-Evans and Gabby Thorpe argue today’s activists must not make the same mistake


A brilliant story of slavery, memories and freedom

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates combines powerful descriptions of slavery with a pacey plot and strong characters, writes?Sadie Robinson

Dark Waters - the fight against Dupont

US chemical company Dupont spent years dumping the acid PFOA in a landfill in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

What's on: Mrs Puntila and her man Matti

Bertolt Brecht’s classic master and servant comedy is given a gender-switched adaptation by award-winning novelist and playwright Denise Mina.

What We Think

Workers must not pay for the corona crash

Bosses must not be allowed to make ordinary people pay for coronavirus or the chaos in the financial markets.

Resist council cuts

Ahead of the Tory budget announcement, campaigners have warned that new rules for councils in England threaten early years and special needs education.

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Letters - Donations are not getting to flood victims most in need

I was disappointed to learn this week that a crowdfunder set up by actor Michael Sheen for the Storm Dennis flood victims in Wales won’t go directly to the victims.

Boris Johnson’s mate got £1.4 million of your cash

A firm run by Boris Johnson’s tennis partner is being paid £1.4 million of government cash to help officials “network” rich people.

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