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Issue: 2739

Dated: 26 Jan 2021


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Militant farmers rage on the streets of India

Hundreds of thousands of protesting farmers on tractors were fighting their way into the Indian capital New Delhi as Socialist Worker went to press on Tuesday.


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News

‘Bosses made a mistake picking on us,’ say British Gas workers ahead of further strikes

Thousands of British Gas workers are preparing for another week of strikes in their fight against bosses’ fire and rehire plans.

People Before Profit activists’ meeting plans action against Tories

Over 500 people discussed how to take forward the “fight for safety, jobs and survival” at the People Before Profit (PBP) national activists’ meeting on Sunday 

Scunthorpe scaffolders build strike for pay justice

Around 50 scaffolders began a 48-hour strike over pay on Monday at British Steel’s Scunthorpe plant in Lincolnshire.

Over 500 Covid-19 cases at DVLA Swansea

Workers are “scared” of catching Covid-19 in a major government office where more than 500 people have caught the virus thanks to uncaring bosses.

Legal win in Universal Credit childcare fight

A woman has won a legal challenge against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over its childcare benefit rules.  

Cop to face probe over the death of Kevin Clarke

A new disciplinary hearing is set to go ahead over the death in London, while campaigners in Cardiff keep fighting for Mohamud Hassan

‘Years of cuts hinder the roll out,’ says NHS vaccine worker

Years of NHS cuts and Tory mismanagement of the ­pandemic are slowing down efforts to ­vaccinate people in one of the areas hardest hit by Covid-19.

Heartlands hospital porters ready for new strikes

Porters at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham are preparing to strike next week.

Majority of people not in favour of reduced immigration, says new poll

A new survey has exposed the lie that the Tories’ racist immigration controls have popular support

SNP’s lacklustre indy plan won’t be enough

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has announced a new plan to supposedly take forward the push for independence.

University jobs battles + NEU victimisations fight + Heathrow resistance + New Sage action + Defend libraries + Manchester buses + Stobart crisp crunch coming

More college and university workers are moving towards fights to stop job cuts. 

Budget cuts and Tory failures are to blame for new floods misery

Floods have caused misery across many parts of Britain as hundreds of homes have been severely damaged or destroyed.

Action over Grenfell materials is too little, too late

The government has announced a new regulator for construction products following evidence at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry—but campaigners say it’s not nearly enough.

‘It’s profit over health always’—workers forced into unsafe workplaces speak out

Coronavirus outbreaks are hitting workplaces every day as the Tories’ latest lockdown fails to keep working class people safe.

Black and Asian workers hit hardest by pandemic job losses

Black and Asian workers have been hit the most by job cuts during the pandemic.

Silvertown Tunnel plan risks lives, say campaigners

Doctors and healthcare workers have warned that plans for a new tunnel under the Thames will be an “assault on health” for some of the poorest people in London


International

The state ‘should fear hungry people’ in Tunisia

Thousands of people in Tunisia have defied a state crackdown to protest against unemployment and poverty.


Comment

The Egyptian Revolution—what role did the army play?

After masses of ordinary Egyptian people had seen off the cops and burned down police stations, the army appeared on the streets.

Emmanuel Macron wages war at home and abroad

French president Emmanuel Macron said last week that France would offer “no repentance or apologies” for the colonisation of Algeria or the eight-year war it waged against Algerian independence, in which perhaps a million people died.


Features

So who was Trump really?

Donald Trump has left the White House but debates over his legacy will rage on. Isabel Ringrose looks at how socialists should understand his time in office

Covid-19 vaccine—who will be to blame if the poor are again left to die?

The rollout of Covid-19 vaccination programmes helps governments claim they are in control of the coronavirus pandemic. But the vaccine isn’t for everyone—the poorest are being left behind. And ultimately the scheming of powerful states and pharmaceutical firms put everyone at risk


Reviews

A history of hip hop—and a look back at Kanye West

This new BBC4 documentary by producer Questlove looks at six seminal tracks. The first is a reminder of some of Kanye West’s best work, writes Sarah Bates

A show that makes racism look absurd

Bamous—a new BBC comedy show—is a cleverly constructed satire of attitudes towards black people within the BBC and wider society.


What We Think

Jobs slaughter shows up the chaos of capitalism

Unemployment figures on Tuesday showed the continuing jobs slaughter.

Labour is embarrassing, not left wing ideas

Labour’s leaders see their party members as an embarrassment—and now want to be able to block them from standing as candidates in elections.


Other Categories

Letters—Tory MP should pay for his wealth having slavery roots

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, is the richest parliamentarian in Britain.



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