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Issue: 2747

Dated: 23 Mar 2021

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Pepper spray, dogs, batons and horses—police were the real thugs in Bristol

The establishment has reacted with horror to the furious protest that erupted in Bristol on Sunday. Around 5,000 people joined a demonstration against the new Tory police bill that would make it much harder for people to protest.

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‘We’ll unite to kill Tory police bill,’ vow activists from across movements

A call to unite and resist the Tories’ protest-smashing Police Bill went out from an online meeting

Care homes used ‘do not resuscitate’ orders without residents’ consent

Some English care homes have imposed blanket “do not resuscitate” orders on residents during the pandemic—without their knowledge or consent.

Scottish FE strike coming after bosses reject their own offer

Extraordinary events have rocked Further Education in Scotland in the national dispute over the replacement of lecturers by instructors

Protests and rallies mark worldwide day of action against racism

Anti-racist protests, rallies and online events were scheduled in at least 19 countries this weekend for the #WorldAgainstRacism days of action.

Anti-racists take the knee across Britain as part of international day of action

Anti-racists in towns and cities across Britain came out on Saturday to show resistance to racism.

Crunch time looms in British Gas battle

The clock is ticking for British Gas workers on strike as the threat of being fired and rehired could become reality on 31 March.

Over 1,000 join Stand Up To Racism international rally

Over 1,000 people tuned in to Stand Up To Racism’s (SUTR) #WorldAgainstRacism online rally on Saturday.

Health unions get serious in the battle to win higher pay

There are more signs this week that health unions are serious about fighting for decent pay.

SPS Technologies + Heathrow +Communisis + Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Workers at aerospace parts firm SPS Technologies in Leicester struck on Monday over fire and rehire cuts that will cost them up to £3,000 a year.

Anger towards the police continues in Cardiff

Protests in Cardiff, South Wales, continue to demand justice for Mohamud Hassan who died following contact with police.

Bosses and royalty cash in on Tories’ furlough scheme bonanza

Billionaire tax dodgers and other states have claimed millions of pounds from the Tories’ furlough scheme

Now Scotland assembly calls for action for independence referendum

Over 400 people joined the first online assembly of Now Scotland

Fight to stop victimisation at Shrewsbury Colleges + education round-up

Workers at Shrewsbury Colleges Group planned a three-day strike on Tuesday in defence of victimised NEU union rep John Boken. 

Bus workers fight back in Manchester and London

Over 400 workers at Go North West in Greater Manchester remain on all‑out and indefinite strike.

A victory at La Retraite + Escalation at Openreach

Cleaning workers at the La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ school in south London celebrated after strikes forced bosses to concede better pay and conditions.

Resist cynical Tory takeover of Liverpool City Council

The Tory government looked set to launch a takeover of Labour‑controlled Liverpool City Council on Wednesday of this week.

Shrewsbury 24—convictions of trade unionists overturned after 50 years of injustice

The Court of Appeal has been forced to admit some particles of the truth about one of the greatest injustices ever imposed on striking workers in Britain.


Protests erupt following racist murders in the US

Thousands of people have joined protests across the US and Canada to show their rage following the shooting of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia, six of whom were Asian women.

Dutch elections signal scary shift to the right

For a fourth time, the conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy have won the national election in Holland.

International round up: Israel elections demonise Palestinians

Israel held its fourth election in two years as Socialist Worker went to press. The election was called after a coalition government led by warmonger Binyamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz collapsed.


EU risks lives to cut the risk of losing money

The European Commission exploits every crisis to increase its own powers. It seized control of the vaccine procurement programme but bungled it.


Report finds NHS has a problem with institutional racism

Ask people which British institution most embodies the ideas of multiculturalism and a great many will reply—the NHS.

Year one—workers’ lives in the age of Covid

It’s been a year since Boris Johnson told Britain to “stay at home” on 23 March 2020. Sophie Squire and Sam Ord look at how that year has played out for workers—and how we have not been ‘all in it together’

Could longer sentences help to protect women? 

A new movement has brought to the fore questions about how we beat sexism. Sadie Robinson argues liberation won’t come through the current justice system

Struggles to tear out the roots of sexism

United class struggle can undermine sexism and offer hope of liberation. But that doesn't mean sidelining the battle against oppression, writes Isabel Ringrose


Ahoy, matey! Pirate series treasures truth of high seas

Gabby Thorpe urges Socialist Worker readers to get beyond this docudrama’s corny characters and misshapen plots, and embrace their inner raider

What We Think

Secret lobbyists for rich

Top politicians have conspired to help firms drain cash from government Covid-19 loan schemes—and tried to keep it secret.

Unite to smash the system of the real thugs

There is a minority group of thugs in Britain that spread violence and misery. It consists of the Tories and the police.

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LETTERS—More strikes in Myanmar can beat back the military

An article in the bosses’ Financial Times newspaper last week was headlined, “Protesters playing a dangerous game with the Myanmar economy, warn businesses”.

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