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Issue: 2773

Dated: 21 Sep 2021

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Chaos of the market fuelled the gas crisis

Privatisation and deregulation mean swathes of people could lose their gas supplier—and the people to blame want us to pay

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


Pandemic was ‘golden ticket’ for cops to harass black people

Black people were more likely to be stopped by cops, threatened or subject to police violence and falsely accused of rule-breaking and wrong-doing during the pandemic.

Surge in inflation shows unions must lead fight over pay

Workers’ living standards have taken another hammering after inflation rose at its fastest recorded rate last month.

NHS workers reject pay award—now it’s time for strikes

Over 90 percent of nurses in the RCN union have said no to the government’s insulting 3 percent offer.

A ‘just transition’ to climate jobs is essential

A “just transition” for ­workers is a phrase that was initially coined by trade unions and taken up by environmental activists and NGOs alike.

Attica riot 1971—‘We aren’t beasts, we won’t be beaten’

Fifty years ago prisoners in a US jail exploded in revolt. Sam Ord looks at the resistance—and the state’s revenge

Tory Priti Patel gets the ‘decisive’ police action against climate activists she ordered

Cops arrested almost 50 people on Friday on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.

Boris Johnson’s reshuffle promotes his fans and ‘culture war’ warriors

The reshuffle tells us something about where the Tories are going.

No delays—turn anger over NHS pay into united strikes

Furious health workers are pushing unions to step up the fight after record-breaking votes to reject the Tories’ imposed 3 percent “pay rise”.

Climate activists are right to block roads

The Tories and right wing media have launched huge attacks on the climate action group, Insulate Britain. But Sophie Squire argues that in the face of government inaction and repression it’s right for protests to be disruptive

New term signals big battles ahead for university and college workers

New term signals big battles ahead for university and college workers

Pay battles on the Manchester trams + transport round-up

Over 300 drivers and supervisors on the Greater Manchester Metrolink tram network were set to strike this weekend over pay.

Labour uses transphobia in an appeal to right and Tory voters

The Labour Party is throwing oppressed people under the bus in a bid to win over Tory voters.

Union rep sacked after reporting racism

A NEU union rep at Shrewsbury Colleges Group in Shropshire has been sacked after taking a stand against racism in their workplace.

Rich states hoard jabs as pharma companies profit

If Britain’s vaccine hoarding and uptake trends continue, it will take the world’s poorest countries until 2078 to vaccinate their populations

Liverpool Pride + Royal Parks + Dpac protest + GKN + Weetabix

‘Pride is not for profit,’ say Merseyside marchers

Stand with Paul Holmes + Glasgow protest + Uber strike

Paul’s bosses at Kirklees council suspended him in November 2019.

Crackdown failures show police aren’t solution to knife crime

The cops’ crackdown on knife crime is failing—even on its own authoritarian terms.

University workers across Britain to vote on strikes

If the ballot is successful, UCU union members at over 150 institutions could begin strikes as early as the end of this year.

Starmer’s ‘vision’—warmed up Blairism and empty waffle

Instead of being named The Road Ahead, Starmer's essay should have been called The Road Backwards.

Pandemic plunder leads to record number of billionaires worldwide

For the first time ever, the world had more than 3,000 billionaires in 2020.


‘We’re not criminals,’ say protesting migrants trapped in Mexico by US

Hundreds of migrants trapped in southern Mexico protested on Wednesday against the state’s immigration rules.

International round-up: Revenge raids escalate after prison escape in Palestine

Israeli soldiers have captured the last two of six Palestinian prisoners who liberated themselves from a high security jail nearly two weeks ago.


Biden ramps up new arms race with China

Aukus is the agreement by the United States and Britain to supply Australia with the technology to build eight nuclear submarines.


Individuals and collectives—can I make a difference?

We often hear the idea that history is made by great acts from great individuals. Simon Basketter explores this idea and the strengths and weaknesses of individual activism

Is German social democracy back from the dead?

Until very recently, Germany’s Labour‑type SPD looked out for the count. Now, with a right wing leader, it looks set to come top in the coming general election. But behind this apparent revival is a crisis for all mainstream parties


Gagarine—a council estate where dreams are housed

Facing impending demolition, teenager Youri turns his block of flats into a space station, in a film that blends the real and imaginary

What We Think

Prioritise people’s energy needs and dump fossil fuels

Freezing homes, soaring bills and empty shelves are all the Tories and their deadly system can provide for working class people this winter.

Don’t let union laws win

The latest round of anti-union laws, passed in 2016, is being used to stop a strike in the NHS across England and Wales.

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Martin Pitt 1944-2021

Martin was a lifelong anti-racist and a committed revolutionary socialist

Letters—Unions should boost climate fight, not back nuclear power

​​​​​​​I believe the NEU union was wrong to support the GMB’s motion on climate change at this years TUC congress.

Britain’s biggest tobacco companies bribed Mugabe

A BBC Panorama investigation has found evidence that suggests one of Britain’s biggest companies paid a bribe to the former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

Labour conference won’t give members a real say

Labour Party conference is approaching. Nick Clark investigates its limitations and talks to left Labour activists about what they think this year’s will bring

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