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Issue: 2765

Dated: 27 Jul 2021

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NHS unions could ballot for strikes after pay insult

Unions reacted furiously to the Tories’ measly 3 percent pay offer

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Beis workers strike to demand end to low pay at Whitehall department

Outsourced workers at a government office in central London rounded off three days of strikes on Wednesday, in their latest battle for fair pay.

Turn anger into action after Tories’ latest insult to health workers

In a toxic mix of insult and shambles, the Tories scrapped an expected announcement on NHS pay on Wednesday.

Tories’ last minute pay offer is another insult to NHS workers

The Tories wants to cut NHS workers pay. They rushed out a 3 percent pay offer to health workers in England on Wednesday after a day of shambles and chaos.

Former British Gas workers angry at GMB union for ‘rolling over’ as dispute ends

The GMB union has declared the British Gas dispute, which involved up to 7,000 workers, over after negotiations led to some small improvements in terms and conditions. 

Nazi Tommy Robinson loses libel case brought by Syrian teenager

Fascist Tommy Robinson has lost a libel case brought against him by a Syrian teenager who was filmed being attacked at school.

Thousands join protest to reclaim Pride and call for LGBT+ liberation

A few thousand joined the Reclaim Pride protest in central London. It marched from Parliament Square to Hyde Park to return to the radical roots of pride.

Starmer’s Labour relaunch promises bosses handouts

Keir Starmer and his deputy leader Angela Rayner staged yet another re-launch of his failing leadership on Monday.

Mental health affecting pupils’ exam results

Pupils experiencing poor mental health are over three times less likely to achieve five GCSEs at grades A*-C, or 9-4, than their peers.

Three groups of strikers take fight to multinational outsourcer Serco  

Bin workers in Bexley, south east London, have extended their strikes over pay and cuts.

Liverpool university strikers fight to stop redundancies

Workers at Liverpool university are set to stage 10 more days of strikes to hit back at bosses’ plans for compulsory redundancies. 

DVLA workers prepare for month-long safety strike 

A group of workers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea are set to begin a month-long strike on Monday of next week.

Reports round-up: Reject deal at JDE coffee plant

Workers’ beautiful resistance at BCM

Transport round-up: Strike to derail bosses’ attacks on Night Tube

London Underground workers are braced for four days of strikes from next week.

Tory ‘summer season’ of deportations shows up brutality of Britain’s immigration rules

The Tories are pressing ahead with a “summer season” of deportations.

Almost four million people face low pay and insecure work

Around 3.7 million people in Britain face low-paid insecure work, according to new research by the Living Wage Foundation.

Growing evidence says we’re ‘beyond tipping points’ in climate crisis

The Earth’s “vital signs” are getting worse because of an “unrelenting business as usual”.

Almost 200 people died after contact with cops last year

At least 190 people died after contact with the police in England and Wales last year.


Wave of protests over water shortages in Iran

People in south west Iran have protested and fought with police for seven days in a row over a water shortage crisis.

Worldwide support grows for Egyptian socialist on hunger strike in prison

Supporters around the world of hunger striking Egyptian prisoner Hisham Fouad have launched a petition demanding his urgent release.

Tunisia protests trigger a crisis

Tunisia’s president sacked the country’s ­government after ­protests over poverty, unemployment and a spike in Covid-19 cases.

International round-up: Demonstrations demand Bolsonaro out in Brazil

Angry protests have continued in Brazil as far right president Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity plummets.


What’s the real value behind the rich’s NFT digital art fad?

Capitalist financial trickery has hit new lows with the development of NFTs, or “non-fungible tokens”

What was behind the 11 July protests? Greetings for 26 July from Cuban communists

This is a translation of an article originally published in Spanish on the website

The three phases of Biden’s presidency

Six months into Joe Biden’s presidency, I would say attitudes towards him have gone through three phases—relief, surprise, and increasingly, disappointment.


Border crossings, asylum and migration—the truth behind the headlines

The Tories are stepping up their attacks on people who cross the Channel to seek safety of a better life. Some 8,461 migrants made the crossing in 2020—a figure that has already been reached this year.

Occupy! The Clyde work-in

Fifty years ago shipbuilders in Scotland led a battle to save their jobs. Sam Ord looks at how workers fought back against a brutal Tory government


A lovely but heartbreaking book about memory and loss

A Spanish Civil War veteran is haunted by the horrors of the past—and the dying dictator Franco—in Last Days in Cleaver Square

Limbo—the absurd tragedy of life as a refugee

Limbo, directed by Ben Sharrock, is a sensitive and unsensationalised portrayal of the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers

What We Think

New police powers will mean more bullying cops

After pushing their racist borders and nationality bill, the Tories have moved on to increasing state repression

Flood and heatwaves—a vision of catastrophe

Scorching temperatures one week and flash flooding the next show that the climate crisis is well and truly here

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Steve Hammill, 1951-2021

Steve was a militant rank and file Yorkshire miner, who was involved in three major strikes

Letters—Tory policies risk the health of migrants and black people

Many migrants still fear accessing the NHS, having their status checked and facing huge bills for hospital treatment.

Greensill scandal report does its job and says little

A report into the disgraced ­financier Lex Greensill’s relations with the government has only mildly criticised former Tory prime minister David Cameron—and handily blamed someone who is dead.

Blame the huge surge in virus cases, not the app

Notifications from the test and trace app are rising due to coronavirus cases. Sophie Squire investigates the Tory failures that have led to the rises

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