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Issue: 2702

Dated: 28 Apr 2020


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Action on Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers took action on Tuesday to save lives as the Tories’ deadly lies and inaction over coronavirus continue


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Health workers face the sack for demanding protective equipment

Worker rightly said, 'as long as we are provided with PPE we will work, without PPE we won't'

Rulers hide true scale of coronavirus deaths, major studies show

There is massive under-reporting globally of the scale of coronavirus deaths—and that Britain is one of the world leaders in the cover-up

Police riot van arrives after Royal Mail workers oppose management

Bosses at a Royal Mail mail centre called the police after two workers refused to cooperate with bosses’ “unreasonable” demands.

Protest as Labour council starts non-essential building work

Lambeth council in south London is disgracefully embarking on a big non-essential construction project in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, starting with the demolition of one of its own buildings.

Turn minute’s silence into day of action, say workplace activists

Trade unionists are organising workplace actions to demand the Tories and bosses put health before profit

Tories get ready to publish government response to trans rights reform

Women and equalities minister Liz Truss has announced that the Tory government will publish its response to reforming the Gender Recognition Act by the summer. 

Tories failing to provide tests and protective gear

The failures of the Tory ­government are continuing to threaten the lives of millions of ordinary people

No change in cruel Universal Credit

The government has refused to make the Universal Credit benefit regime any less punishing

As bosses seek return to business as usual—more will die if lockdown ends

Top Tories regularly stress that lockdown measures must continue. In reality bosses are forcing more and more people back to work

Keir Starmer’s ‘real opposition’ leaves the Tories unscathed over virus response

Media pundits and right wing Labour politicians are hugely impressed by Labour leader Keir Starmer’s response to the coronavirus. Few ordinary people will have noticed.

Protests after pizza firm takes away pay

Pizza Hut workers in South London are fighting back over money they are owed

Sturgeon’s not so different over coronavirus

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has started talking about a “new normal”. Not for the first time during the coronavirus crisis she echoed ministers in the Westminster parliament.

Union celebrates ‘probably the best deal’ at Carlsberg supplier + Pensions court move

Drivers employed by logistics company Bibby, which supplies cans for drinks manufacturers including Carlsberg, have won an agreement on health and safety after threatening to walk out.

Weekly claps for carers can become big protests over coronavirus

Health workers and campaigners have been raising slogans against the Tories during the weekly Clap for the NHS on Thursdays.


International

New government in Israel poses a fresh threat to Palestinians

After more than a year of political deadlock, Israel is set for a new government committed to annexing huge chunks of the Palestinian West Bank.

Locust devastation in East Africa is linked to climate change

Some 40 percent of the 160 million people in the region are already undernourished

Trump wants speedy and deadly return to work

Donald Trump is pushing for the US to get back to work as soon as possible

Deaths in custody in France as police target black people

Five people died after contact with French police imposing lockdown restrictions.

Support for refugee activists in Australia

Activists in Australia are resisting attacks on their right to protest

Protests against attacks on education in Greece

Teachers and high school students in Greece protested in public last Friday against attacks on education


Comment

Reopening schools won’t help poor children

Governments claim they are reopening schools out of concern for children’s welfare and safety. But Sadie Robinson reveals the real reasons

Science advice is shaped by politics

The latest bombshell to explode in the government’s face has hit its claim to base its policy for the Covid-19 pandemic on “the science” or “the evidence”


Features

A system of waste and rot

More than 250 million people face food uncertainty by the end of this year, while producers are destroying food on an extraordinary scale

Who will pay for the crisis now?

A global pandemic has exposed just how fragile the world economy already was. Tomáš Tengely-Evans examines why capitalism constantly creates economic crises


Reviews

Shabazz Palaces’ new album breaks Hip Hop conventions

The Don of Diamond Dreams is far from cliche pop rap. It’s experimental, cathartic and interesting—but doesn’t always make sense

Watch a monster production online

The National Theatre will stream a free showing of its hit 2011 performance of Frankenstein


What We Think

Workplace action must be central to fight 

Worker's Memorial Day on Tuesday showed there is bitterness and anger among the working class about how people have been treated during this crisis.

Internationalism matters

When the working class is faced with global crises, an internationalist response is needed. The coronavirus outbreak is clearly one such crisis.


Other Categories

Letters - Remember the dead but keep up fight for the living

In the midst of a global  pandemic it is easy to forget about other health hazards. But asbestos is still the number one occupational killer in Britain with over 5,000 deaths per year.

The things they say

‘There are more important things than living’

Rich learn how to clean their own homes as virus crisis hits

While some headlines focus on lack of safety kit at work or the rising benefit claims, there’s a hidden group of coronavirus victims—the rich.

Cuts and Covid-19 are a deadly cocktail for social care

The death toll from the coronavirus in care homes is a scandal, yet workers’ demands for safety measures are still being ignored, reports Sarah Bates



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