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Issue: 2744

Dated: 02 Mar 2021

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Sunak’s budget will bring cuts, poverty and unemployment

The Tories are preparing to plunge many more working class people into poverty and despair. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to keep measures that support ordinary people in this week’s budget.

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BT engineers draw the line over bosses’ attacks with first strike in 34 years

Engineers at telecoms giant BT are staging their first strike in 34 years.

Serco reveals huge profits despite test and trace failures

Serco, probably Britain’s most hated firm, has been coining it in during the pandemic. In fact, it’s made so much money that it now plans a handout to shareholders.

Salmond and Sturgeon—what’s behind the SNP crisis?

A deep rift is tearing apart the top of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

British Gas bosses’ new offer is just ‘rehash’ of old proposals say strikers

Around 7,000 British Gas strikers returned to the picket lines on Friday after bosses offered them a new contract that was just a “rehash” of old proposals.

Starmer’s Labour backs arms bosses, nukes and war

The Labour Party has promised generals it backs spending more on the military, nuclear weapons, Britain’s arms industry and the Nato military alliance.

Scottish further education lecturers vote for national strike from 16 March

Management want to replace lecturers. People are told to do the same job but on vastly inferior conditions

Win for right in Scottish Labour leadership election

The result will cement Labour's crisis in Scotland

Over 1,000 trade unionists resolve to build anti-racist fight at online conference

Over 1,000 workers, trade unionists and anti-racists discussed fighting racism and inequality in workplaces at a conference on Saturday.

Solidarity pours in for Manchester bus drivers on all-out strike

Over 400 bus drivers in Manchester began an all-out strike on Sunday.

System bars Shamima Begum from coming home

The court ruling that Begum can’t enter Britain sets a racist precedent that anyone’s citizenship can be stripped away says Isabel Ringrose

Unison leaders declare their backing for Heartlands strikers

Striking porters at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham were given a boost by an online solidarity rally

Outsourced workers strike at hospital in Carlisle

More than 150 porters, cleaners and catering workers at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary are striking for long-promised unsocial hours payments

We can resist the unsafe return, say school workers

Boris Johnson still wants ten million people to return to schools and colleges in England on Monday of next week. His deadly plan must be resisted.

Thin cladding used on Grenfell passed test

A person responsible for testing the cladding used on Grenfell Tower said he was “not aware” of a weakness in the panels

Dpac action + Clyde strikes + Local government pay

Workers are set to strike at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases on the Clyde from 12 March.

Outrage after racist attack in Southampton

Anti-racists are calling for active solidarity after a university lecturer was subjected to a violent, racist attack while out jogging.


Protesters and strikers murdered by police in Myanmar

Myanmar is in the grip of fierce fighting between the ruling army regime and pro-democracy campaigners.

US president Joe Biden offers no change on immigration or wars

US president Joe Biden has already shattered any hope that he will move away from imperialism and racism.


The Egyptian Revolution—the revolutionary party and the battle for change

At key moments in any revolution, the working class faces important choices. Is it time to consolidate gains that have been won or to push forward to conquer new heights?

Union leaders’ compromises leave workers behind

Organised workers have the power to tackle the bosses. Nick Clark explains why union leaders often fear strikes.

Facebook v Australia was a terrible match

The Australian government argued that Facebook made money from the news stories shared on its platform. So it proposed a law that would force Facebook to pay the Australian publishers who create them.


Workers won’t benefit if Covid and racism drive out migrants

Reports have found that large numbers of migrants are leaving Britain. It’s all caused by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic—and a punishing immigration system, argues Sam Ord

Rosa Luxemburg—reform is not enough

Rosa Luxemburg, born 150 years ago this week, fought reformist ideas to argue for revolution. Isabel Ringrose looks at what her economic writings contributed to Marxist ideas


How the FBI killed the ‘black messiah’ Fred Hampton

Judas and the Black Messiah tells the true story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. It captures the spirit of a revolutionary

What We Think

Fight the bosses that Labour Party backs

What’s the point of a Labour Party that won’t even back the meagre tax rises on the rich planned by a Tory government?

Firms cause climate chaos

A third of Britain’s top companies produce carbon dioxide emissions at a rate that is accelerating global warming and adding to the climate crisis.

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Letters—Keir Starmer is showing his right wing agenda in Liverpool

The scrapping of the Labour Party list of candidates for the Liverpool mayoral election by Keir Starmer has caused outrage in the city and nationally.

Queen’s love of horses and torturers knows no bounds

New evidence has emerged of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed holding his adult daughters hostage.

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