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Tens of thousands more US soldiers are set to land in Iraq. George Bush promises a "surge" in troops to secure a "final victory".
Members of the Bectu and NUJ media workers’ unions at news provider ITN are set to strike on Tuesday of next week.
Anthony "Chub" Czubkowski, the senior shop steward for the Amicus union at Central Networks, was suspended from work just before Christmas, pending an investigation.
Teachers, parents and pupils are set to lobby Islington town hall in north London on Thursday of next week, 18 January, at 5.30pm.
Some 11,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA) were set to vote for strike action this week.
Management at East London Bus Group turned to the anti-union laws at the last minute to get a court injunction against strike action that was due to take place on Monday.
The CWU postal workers’ union was holding a national briefing this week to decide a response to serious attacks.
In less than four weeks the ballots are due to be sent out to elect the first general secretary and national executive committee of the recently merged University and College Union (UCU).
The government has issued new proposals for local government pensions.
Yunus Bakhsh, a leading activist in the Unison union, has been suspended from his job as a health worker in Newcastle since September.
Some 160 workers at Denso manufacturing in Birmingham are involved in a series of strikes over pay.
Iceland workers vote on deal Workers at Iceland’s depot in Enfield, north London, were considering a new offer to end their dispute this week.
Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc the left has been in crisis worldwide. The rise of the anti-globalisation and anti?war movements and of the Zapatistas could not hide the fact that the left no longer had credibility for most people.
Civil service workers in the PCS union are mobilising to get the biggest yes vote possible in their current strike ballot against job cuts, privatisation and unfair pay.
Workers From around Britain have been getting in touch with Socialist Worker in response to wage cuts in local government caused by the single status pay deal.
Around 50 tube cleaners, drivers, signal staff and passengers demonstrated outside London’s City Hall on Monday in opposition to 200 compulsory redundancies being imposed on cleaning staff employed by Tube Lines contractor ISS.
The RMT rail union has produced a pamphlet, London Underground I Do Mind Dying – the Politics of Health and Safety. Author Unjum Mirza, an RMT political officer, spoke to Socialist Worker.
Tower Hamlets in east London, the borough where Ruth Kelly lives, has 20 primary schools – six of them specialising in helping children with dyslexia.
US aircraft rained death on Somalia, east Africa, this week, in a further horrific escalation of the "war on terror".
The global anti-war movement will be marking the fifth anniversary of Guantanamo Bay with protests this week. Activists, including Cindy Sheehan and former prisoners, will lead a demonstration outside the detention facility in Cuba.
Activists across Scotland are mobilising for an anti-war demonstration in Glasgow on Saturday 24 February. Scottish Stop the War have organised a conference for Saturday 10 February to help build the movement.
Musicians and workers at the English National Ballet (ENB) have reacted with outrage at the revelation that the company’s principal dancer, Simone Clarke, is a member of the fascist British National Party (BNP).
Up to 100 protesters demonstrated outside the London Coliseum theatre this lunchtime against the first performance by Simone Clarke, principal dancer at the English National Ballet (ENB), since she was revealed as a card-carrying member of the fascist British National Party (BNP).
Tony Blair likes to pretend that his murderous war on Iraq has "brought democracy" to the country – so why is his government refusing a whistleblowing Iraqi MP entry into Britain?
Workers at Dewhirst’s factory in Tangiers, Morocco, are staging a sit-in outside the factory gates after the company sacked 486 workers.
In late December over 20,000 Egyptian textile workers in Mahal el-Kubra went on strike against privatisation and won.
Despite protests from creditors the Zanon ceramics factory in Neuquen Argentina has won a historic three extension of its license to operate as a workers cooperative. The threat of eviction has temporarily been lifted and the factory continues to grow and increase output under workers control.
George Bush’s decision to send more US troops to Iraq means still more death, devastation and misery for its people.
The present political period is characterised by the development of mass resistance to neoliberal imperialism, represented most spectacularly by the great protests against the war in Iraq.
A strong Left Party will be needed to resist neoliberal policies in Germany in the coming year. VAT (value added tax) rose by 3 percent on all goods and services except food on 1 January.
The year 2006 was a crucial one for social struggles and the radical left in France. Social mobilisations reached a peak when millions of students took to the streets last spring and forced the right wing government to withdraw the CPE, its labour neoliberal reform law.
Following the tumultuous events of 2006, Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement goes into the new year as the new force on the Scottish left.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the greatest armed rising against British imperialism the world has seen. It began as a mutiny of the largest army in Asia – the East India Company’s Bengal Presidency Army – and turned into a general rising of the peasantry across the whole of what today is northern India.
The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) conference last weekend was an exciting two days of debates and discussion about how socialists can best understand the world and act to change it.
Martin Smith, the SWP national secretary, introduced a session on "Building the party in the age of mass movements".
The building of political trade unionism was the theme of the discussion on industry, workplaces and neoliberalism.
John Rees, the national secretary of Respect, introduced a discussion about building Respect.
The threat posed by the fascist British National Party (BNP) – and the best strategy for combating its rise – was discussed by party conference on Saturday afternoon.
Important decisions about the future policies of the SWP were taken at the conference. Delegates voted on resolutions about building the party, the anti-war movement, Respect, fighting fascism, and many other issues.
"A critical point for students at Warwick this year in building the Stop the War group was a meeting we held with George Galloway and a really wide platform of other speakers. It was the biggest political meeting held at the university for years.
One argument concerning contemporary fascist movements such as Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front in France claims that they cannot be fascist because they do not deploy stormtroopers against the left, blacks and Muslims.
Phil Weinand is training to be a nurse, but he’s also a Tesco worker.
According to the New Testament, St Andrew was the first disciple to be called by Jesus Christ. He was later executed by the Romans at Patras in present day Greece on the X-shaped cross which now bears his name.
In September 1940 the Marxist literary critic and essayist Walter Benjamin committed suicide in the Spanish border town of Port Bou.
A State of Denmarkby Derek Raymond£7.99 Serpent’s Tailpublished 18 January Cult crime novelist Derek Raymond wrote this dystopian novel in the mid 1960s. It concerns a future England where an openly fascist regime has taken power, led by Jobling, a former Labour politician.
This week Tony Blair suggested that since Britain only produces 2 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, any reductions in our greenhouse gases would be dwarfed by increases in countries such as China.
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