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We are in the last days of Tony Blair’s regime, and that government of war and privatisation cannot go quickly enough. But Blair is determined his legacy will live on, and Gordon Brown is ready and willing to help him.
The prospect of the first national strike action in the NHS in Britain for nearly two decades took a step forward this week. The Royal College of Nurses (RCN) conference voted to clear the way for its members to take industrial action.
As British health unions consider taking industrial action over pay and the state of the NHS, some 40,000 Irish nurses and midwives are in their third week of industrial action.
Birmingham Respect had an excellent day’s campaigning in the Lozells & East Handsworth ward in Birmingham last Sunday.
Postal workers were waiting this week for details of a new pay offer from Royal Mail. As Socialist Worker reported exclusively last week, bosses wanted to impose a freeze in basic pay and ram through 22 attacks on conditions.
The threat of strike action by the PCS civil service workers’ union in Milton Keynes has won a victory against job cuts.
Defend Council Housing has set up an online petition on the prime minister’s website to show the depth of anger at the government’s policy of handing over council homes to private landlords.
Around 250 bus drivers at First Eastern Counties in Norwich were set to strike on Friday this week.
Over 1,400 workers at Grampian Foods, one of the country’s biggest food producers, struck last week.
Lecturers at City College Manchester have voted to strike. In an 85 percent yes vote for action, members of the UCU union have shown their anger at new contracts with fewer holidays and increased teaching hours for new lecturers.
The National Union of Journalists’ (NUJ) annual delegate meeting in Birmingham last week voted for the union to organise a day of action on 5 November over low pay.
The ballot opens this week for the elections to the national executive of the PCS civil service workers’ union.
If the government’s plans go ahead, free Esol (English for speakers of other languages) classes will be a relic of the past come September.
Voting has started in the elections for the Unison national executive.
Care workers in Southampton have voted to accept a wage protection deal from the council. Workers in the Unison and T&G unions struck for four days in February against proposals to sack 370 care workers for refusing to accept pay cuts.
Cleaners and catering staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in Wales went on strike for 24 hours last Wednesday in protest at a decrease in working hours.
The extent of the witch-hunt against leading NHS and union activist Yunus Bakhsh by both his management and the Unison union has been further revealed this week.
Oxford park and ride strike Security staff at Oxford city council’s park and ride on the picket line on Monday of last week. The workers, members of the T&G union, held a one hour strike from 7.30am to 8.30am. Further strikes are set for Wednesday and Friday of this week. The action is about safety. New rotas would have car park staff working alone at night up to 11pm
An angry debate at the recent conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) failed to stop delegates adopting a dangerously misleading definition of antisemitism promoted by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC).
Around 300 Respect members in London attended a meeting on Monday to select the Respect candidates for the mayoral and London Assembly elections in May next year.
Life in Iraq is steadily becoming worse, according to a new report released by the International Committee of The Red Cross (ICRC), and is affecting, directly or indirectly, all Iraqis."
The US military has admitted that its troops in Afghanistan went on a three mile killing spree on 4 March after one of its vehicles was hit by a suicide bomb.
The Scottish TUC conference, which met in Glasgow this week, showed the growing disillusion with Labour in the trade union movement.
An occupation of the proposed site of an academy on Wembley Park Sports Ground has claimed a victory – the withdrawal of "sponsor" Andrew Rosenfeld.
The front page of the Evening Standard newspaper on Friday of last week said it all – "Tube Strike: Bosses Cave In." The editorial was headed, "RMT 1, Tube 0."
With just over two weeks to go to the election for the Scottish parliament there’s no doubt that Labour is panicking.
The revolt against Gordon Brown’s cuts and pay freeze in the public sector is fuelling the feeling that Tuesday 1 May should be a day of resistance.
It’s "business as usual" – that’s the message Gordon Brown had for US president George Bush during their "surprise meeting" in Washington last week.
Phillipos Dolo travelled from South Africa to London this week to confront the giant Anglo American mining corporation at its annual general meeting.
Car Workers taking part in an indefinite strike at the Hindustan Motors factory in Uttarpara, in the Indian state of West Bengal, were brutally assaulted by police last week.
Shocking details – including video footage – have come to light of the brutal torture methods routinely used by Egypt’s security services.
Over 1,000 people are reported killed during the recent assault on the Somali capital Mogadishu, by US-backed Ethiopian forces.
No one could miss the symbolism of the suicide bomb that went off inside the Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad on Friday of last week. There is nowhere, even in the heart of the Green Zone, that is safe from the resistance.
A new biography of Michael Foot, the former Labour leader, lays open the contradictions at the heart of the Labour Party. During his long career Foot was a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), a journalist and pamphleteer, and a cabinet minister.
Last week I showed how the value of a commodity is a reflection of the labour time required to produce it. The commodity is produced by "living labour" (fresh labour put in by workers) and "dead labour" (the old labour embodied in raw materials, machinery, etc).
"Tony Blair’s comments about how black families have a special responsibility for solving knife and gun crime outraged me. Blair said he was "lurching into frankness", adding that violence would not be stopped "by pretending it is not black kids doing it."
A group of young people on the Morningside estate in Hackney, east London, spoke to Socialist Worker about knife crime.
Antonia Michel is a single parent living in Westminster, central London. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the pressures facing black boys at school and college – and how racism in the education system and job market impacts on their lives.
Asif Karim is one of three Respect councillors in the Green Street West ward of Newham, east London.
Change Is Gonna ComeVarious artistsKent Soul CD out now This album brings together two dozen examples of how black America conveyed its fight against racism to the world in the 1960s and 1970s.
On 26 June 1975 Indira Gandhi, then Indian prime minister, declared a state of emergency. She told the nation that it was threatened by "internal disturbances".
Mickey’s, a US fast food giant, has reaped stupendous sales from its new burger, The Big One. The trouble is, there’s shit in the meat.
Corruption, poor governance and cronyism are supposed to be the evils that keep the Global South in poverty. Nobody has underlined that message more strongly than Paul Wolfowitz, president of the World Bank.
The myth of intervention The Oxfam charity last week released its report, A Fair Foreign Policy, calling for British foreign policy not to shy away from humanitarian intervention after the debacle of Iraq.
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