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Issue: 2730

Dated: 10 Nov 2020


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Celebrations at Trump’s defeat, but Biden is not the answer

People in the US and other parts of the world have protested against him from the moment he won four years ago. Now, he is on his way out.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Jobs still at risk despite furlough extension

Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that the furlough scheme will be extended across Britain until the end of March.

Students tear down fencing at Manchester campus as rage boils at lockdown treatment

Students say they have been treated with contempt by the authorities during the pandemic

Strikers battle for jobs at Barnoldswick Rolls-Royce plant

Workers in Lancashire have begun three weeks of strikes to save hundreds of jobs.

Grenfell inquiry hears of distorted tests as key firm refuses to testify

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry heard further evidence this week that profit and commercial priorities were more important than safety.

Rulers delay real climate action while scientists warn of global devastation

The horrific effects of catastrophic climate change become clearer by the day.

Cash out—change at the top of the RMT union

The RMT union’s annual general meeting (AGM) saw the resignation of the general secretary after a rebuff by delegates.

Compulsory job cuts beaten at Heriot-Watt after workers threaten strike

Planned strikes at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh have been called off after bosses backed down.

The Tories backtrack after school meals theft

After weeks of insisting that the meals would only be provided in term time, the government has said it will provide them during holidays too.

More victories for cleaners + Stop attacks on McKenzie + 40,000 balloted in BT + Bin workers’ fight in Doncaster

 Facebook cleaning workers who work for the outsourcing company To Go have won the London living wage off the back of protests.

Avoidable coronavirus spike means hospitals will have to limit services

Routine NHS care is being delayed in an attempt to cope with the devastating second Covid-19 spike.

Schools are major spreaders of coronavirus—but Tories keep them open

The Tories are risking lives by keeping schools and colleges open—and are undermining the latest coronavirus lockdown.

Homelessness crisis is deepening further during virus chaos 

Eviction bans and a government scheme claiming to house homeless people during the pandemic are failing ordinary people.


International

Students and teachers in France continue protests and strikes to demand safety

A French education union has called a national strike for next Tuesday to enforce coronavirus safety in schools.

Protesters return to the streets in Nigeria despite waves of state repression

Starting with action against police violence, many protesters are now targeting the vagabonds in power (VIPs)

International roundup: Deadly storm hits Central America 

Hundreds of people are feared dead after Tropical Storm Eta ripped through Central America and Mexico. 

Joe Biden win has galvanised us... now the key is to build struggle

A win for Joe Biden has meant that liberals and progressive groups were galvanised.

Voices from the US—‘I’m cheering, but we need to put pressure on’

In the wake of the Joe Biden's election win, activists and trade unionists in the US spoke to Socialist Worker about what the election means - and what the tasks are for activists now.

Joe Biden’s win won't bring justice to the Middle East

He claims to support some Palestinian rights, but the president-elect is certainly no friend to ordinary people in the region, says Nick Clark

Kamala Harris will prop up the US state

What role will vice president-elect Kamala Harris play in the new government?


Comment

Why the US doesn’t have a mass workers’ party 

Sophie Squire examines why there isn’t a party of the working class, and argues that activists should fight for a revolutionary project

The left in Britain and the US after two earthquakes

Win or lose, Donald Trump has upended the politics of the United States.


Features

The Alabama miners strike of 1920—striking a blow at racism

One hundred years ago miners went on strike in Alabama, in the US Deep South. Tomáš Tengely-Evans spoke to historian Brian Kelly about how their action helped to challenge the hold of racial segregation

Activists speak out—the left’s hope lies outside Labour

Keir Starmer’s suspension of Jeremy Corbyn and the war on the left has sparked arguments about whether the Labour Party is really a vehicle for change. Here members—and some of those who have left in response to the attacks—tell Nick Clark how the witch hunt has changed the party


Reviews

Complex characters make for a harsh, thrilling Irish tale in The Searcher

Tana French, author of the Dublin Murder Squad series, is back with a brilliant standalone novel

His House—a realistic but surreal vision of refuge

This horror film follows a couple, Rial and Bol Majur, who have escaped from the civil war in South Sudan to a small English town


What We Think

Big Pharma to cash in on new Covid-19 vaccine

Covid-19 isn’t over, but news of a seemingly successful vaccine trial has prompted a flurry of hope that an end may be in sight. But control by private firms will be disastrous.

Break the weak Tories

The Tories are in trouble. Their lockdown is unlikely to significantly cut coronavirus cases as it leaves key areas of transmission, such as schools, open.  


Other Categories

LETTERS—Time to tear down the jails

One of my young family members was in prison a while ago. During our visit we were treated like prisoners ourselves—made to wait endlessly in the shabby, dirty facilities.

How the spy cops were set up to infiltrate the left

Parliament and the press fumed with growing paranoia as the revolts of 1968 entered Britain.



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