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Issue: 2759

Dated: 15 Jun 2021


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Morgan verdict as damning ‘as the Macpherson report’

 The Metropolitan Police is “institutionally corrupt”. That is the condemning conclusion of an eight-year inquiry into a notorious murder case.


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News

More black women are pushed into zero hours

Black and minority ethnic (BAME) women are almost twice as likely to be on zero hours contracts than white men, and one and a half times more likely than white women.

NHS in crisis as patients queue for 12 hours to see doctors

Sick people are queuing for up to twelve hours to see a doctor at some of Britain’s busiest hospitals.

Leicester university workers launch three-day strike over job cuts

Workers at the University of Leicester began a three-day strike on Wednesday over job cuts.

Leaked documents show US super-rich pay a pittance in tax

The richest 25 people in the US—including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett—paid as little as 3.4 percent of their gains in wealth in tax between 2014 and 2018.

Palestine Action activists occupy drone factory in Runcorn

Palestine solidarity activists have taken direct action against a firm supplying armaments to the Israeli state.

Don’t trust Steve Turner as ‘left candidate’ in Unite union leadership race

The Unite union general secretary election is the subject of intense debate after candidates’ nominations were declared this week.

Volvo strike in US has lessons for everyone

How can workers fight back as bosses and politicians seek to impose a regime of ­austerity and profits before people?

Thousands march for Palestine in London as the G7 meets

Around 8,000 protesters joined a rally outside Downing Street on Saturday to demand freedom for Palestine.

Protesters confront failing politicians at G7 summit

Protesters raged at the G7 world leaders’ summit in Cornwall on Friday and Saturday at the start of a weekend of resistance.

G7 vaccine plan is a death sentence for millions

A few billion doses far into the future mean billions will be left to infections and to die

New wave forced Tories to keep lockdown

With infections doubling every nine days even Boris Johnson could not fully ignore the risks says Socialist Worker

Important victory at at Islington Sixth Form College can inspire more fights

...plus action at Pimlico Academy, Oaks Park High School in Redbridge and Shrewsbury College

Protesters demand that racist statue must fall

More than 200 ­protesters demanded the removal of a statue of 17th century slaver Robert Geffrye at the Museum of the Home in east London, last Saturday.

Time for change after left wins elections for Unison’s national executive

This result is a reflection of the frustration felt by many Unison members

Brutal fire and rehire fight at JDE + Weetabix + Biomedical scientists + Bromley libraries + Sunrise Medical

Brazen Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) bosses admitted to the workers they recently sacked that they had been planning for industrial action for two years.

Fighting job cuts at Liverpool and Leicester universities

Over 200 people took part in an online solidarity rally for striking UCU union members at Liverpool and Leicester universities last Friday.

Battles at Aberdeen city council + Sandwell leisure trust + Royal London hospital

Aberdeen workers are striking over plans to merge the role of housing officer and support officer

Protests win on construction deskilling

Construction bosses have withdrawn the latest attempt to deskill the industry.

Union round up: Unison local government conference pledges to fight cuts

Around 400 delegates from across local government in Unison met last Saturday for the union’s first virtual sectoral conference since the start of the pandemic.

Priti Patel contacted top cops during XR media protests

Home secretary Priti Patel personally contacted the police as Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists blocked the production of right-wing newspapers last September.

Grenfell Tower—four years, still no justice

The fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire that killed 72 people on 14 June 2017 saw commemorations on Monday despite the Covid-19 restrictions.


International

Right wing plots and manoeuvres after left wins Peru’s election

On Thursday morning Pedro Castillo had received 50.22 percent of the vote and right wing Keiko Fujimori had taken 49.77 percent.

Thousands take to the streets in France as threat of fascism and racism rises

Tens of thousands of people marched across France on Saturday against racism, the far right and the government's assaults on liberties.

International round up: Election boycott shakes ruling regime

Millions of people in Algeria, north Africa, boycotted elections held on Saturday as a sign of their continuing opposition to the ruling regime.


Comment

Why Bitcoin is no game changer for capitalism

Digital currencies made to be untraceable were once touted as a democratic alternative to ‘real money’. Not anymore

Tories bank on Brexit divides in Ireland

Why did the Northern Ireland protocol to the Brexit agreement between Britain and the European Union figure so large at the G7 summit in Cornwall?


Features

Peru—a radical history of resistance

Pedro Castillo’s election win in Peru has cheered the left. Sophie Squire looks at the country’s history of struggle but also sounds some warnings for the future

Cover-up! How the state helped hide the truth about the murder of Daniel Morgan

Daniel Morgan was ­murdered beside his car at the back of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south east London, in 1987. He had met his business partner Jonathan Rees for a drink.


Reviews

Sweet Tooth adds optimism to apocalyptic science fiction

In a crowded field, the lightness of this new Netflix series helps it to stand out. But themes of scapegoating mean it keeps its dark edge

A Pandemic Poem rehashes a well-worn cliche

Where did the world go? asks poet Simon Armitage in a ponderous voice


What We Think

Keir Starmer drives people away from Labour

There was more evidence this week that Keir Starmer is both alienating and repulsing sections of people who previously supported Labour.

The Tories ramp up racism

The Tories are ­intensifying their racist attacks.


Other Categories

Letters—Why sexual harassment of young women is normalised

I wasn’t surprised by the latest report describing the scale of sexual harassment faced by young women. No young woman would have been.

The Troublemaker—‘Unlawful’ to hand contract to firm run by Tories’ friends

Tory cabinet minister Michael Gove broke the law when the government handed a £560,000 Covid-19 contract to a business he had “personal connections” with.

Is there a ‘new cold war’ between the US and China?

As US president Joe Biden goes on a mission to turn the West against China, Nick Clark investigates the competition between the capitalist states



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