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Issue: 2696

Dated: 17 Mar 2020

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Anger over unsafe work conditions spurs some coronavirus strikes

Several groups of workers have taken the issue of coronavirus safety into their own hands.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Tory budget will not undo decade of austerity damage

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unleashed a splurge of borrowing. But even the official forecasts say it won't kick start the economy, and it won't reverse the effects of cuts.

It’s a hard slog but we want to keep fighting, say university strikers

Tens of thousands of university workers are nearing the end of a wave of inspiring walkouts that have challenged the status quo in universities.

Italian workers fight to shape response to coronavirus

Strikes and protests have won concessions from bosses and the state

Keep up the ‘four fights’ after success of university strikes

The UCU union has delayed a planned reballot of workers for strikes due to the coronavirus crisis.

Demand to open detention centres over coronavirus sickness fears

Detainee rights organisations have said the Tories should “immediately release all immigration detainees”.

Met police forced to pay out damages to Muslim woman

A Muslim woman who was forced to remove her hijab under terror laws at London Heathrow Airport has won a “substantial damage payment” from the police.

Coronavirus round up: Profiteering rich look for handouts as they slash jobs

Bosses want to cash in from the coronavirus crisis. Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic demanded “emergency credit facilities to a value of £5 billion to £7.5 billion”.

Tories lurch from chaos to crisis to help bosses

Boris Johnson signalled a shift in the Tories’ approach to coronavirus on Monday. It follows growing anger at the government response. But the Tories are still putting ordinary people at risk.

Thousands of council workers are set for Tower Hamlets strike

around 4,000 workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, are set to strike on Tuesday of next week.

Strike at St Mungo’s for conditions and homeless service

Around 500 workers at the St Mungo’s homelessness charity began a three-day strike on Monday over attempts to push through worse terms and conditions.

Reports round-up - climate strike, Ferry and Tube action and more

School climate strikers walked out on Friday last week in Sheffield.

Even in the coronavirus crisis, we’ll keep up the fight

When there is a social and economic crisis, socialists call for mass collective action. We say take to the streets, gather in meetings and hold rallies.


Italian worker says ‘we are ready to fight’ for coronavirus action

A wave of strikes has hit Italy, and further walkouts may be coming

Democrats unite against left wing Bernie Sanders

It is now almost certain that Joe Biden will be the Democratic party nominee for president.

International round-up - Yellow Vests defy cops in France and deadlock in Israel

Yellow Vests took to the streets of Paris last Saturday, but their numbers were much lower than anticipated.


Under capitalism vaccines are for profit, not people

The Development of vaccines is conditional on what big business wants, not the needs of people

Rulers want to cure capitalism of virus

We’ve already learned two important things in the Covid-19 crisis. The first is that the future is here.


Lesvos—a hellhole for refugees created by racism

Some 20,000 refugees are trapped in the tiny Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Nick Clark spoke to some of those in the camp about the reality of life there—and to anti-racist activists about how they have organised solidarity. Photographs by Guy Smallman

It’s right to be this afraid

Coronavirus, climate catastrophe and nuclear war make us feel existential dread about the future of the world. But there is an emergency brake says Simon Basketter


Andy Warhol at the Tate—Pop Art radical who poked fun at the establishment

Andy Warhol at the Tate Modern is the biggest exhibition of the US artist’s work for over two decades and has most of his famous works.

Perfect Candidate is a film that challenges stereotypes

The Perfect Candidate is a political fable with a kick. It tells the story of Maryam (Mila Al-Zahrani), a doctor living in Saudi Arabia who finds herself accidentally running for the local council.

What We Think

Organise for alternative to Tories’ shutdown

There are no “market?based solutions” to saving hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people’s lives from coronavirus. We have to suspend capitalism.

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LETTERS - Chelsea Manning gives an example of heroic courage

Chelsea Manning, released from prison last week, is a hero.

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