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Tuesday 1 May is a key date for the fight to break Gordon Brown’s 2 percent public sector wage freeze and to defend public services.
News of the witch-hunt of leading Unison union and health service activist Yunus Bakhsh reached delegates at the union’s health conference this week, causing disbelief and outrage.
Voting has started in the elections for the Unison national executive.
Another highly successful Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) gig was held in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Thursday of last week.
Tensions are rising between workers and bosses at Breckland council in East Anglia.
A strike by cleaning staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital has been called off after a last minute offer. Staff were due to walk out last week for two days over cuts in cleaning at the hospital which they feared would endanger patients.
A Justice for Cleaners protest took place recently at the Lloyd’s Building on Leadenhall Street in London. T&G union organiser Anita Ceravolo said, "We demonstrated because McLellan, the cleaning company, is refusing to negotiate with us over wages and conditions.
Unless Royal Mail backs off, a battle is coming soon in the post.
Post Office Limited bosses made a major privatisation move last week when they announced that up to 85 main high street post offices would be relocated to WH Smith branches.
‘The commemoration is a fantastically important moment for this country. It’s a chance to reflect, a chance to remember, a chance to honour a history of struggle.
Dundee postal workers at the East delivery office walked out this morning in support of a colleague sacked for being ill.
The attempt to cover up George Bush’s plan to bomb the Arabic television channel Al Jazeera has resulted in two men being put on trial for allegedly breaking the Official Secrets Act.
Over 130 Respect supporters from across England converged on Preston last weekend to campaign for the re-election of councillor Michael Lavalette in the Town Centre ward.
The US is planning to turn the Iraqi capital of Baghdad into a series of prison camps, surrounded by miles of 12 foot high concrete walls topped with barbed wire.
The body that reviews teachers’ pay has been forced to take steps towards reopening negotiations over the current pay settlement.
Wages excluding bonuses are rising at an average of only 3.6 percent a year while inflation is at 4.8 percent.
Nurses in Ireland are escalating a series of stoppages at hospitals across the country in a campaign over pay and the state of the health service. Their action shows that it is possible to organise national strike action in the NHS
As the conference opened, Unison announced a date for the long called for national demonstration in defence of the NHS – Saturday 13 October.
The question of Unison’s relationship to the Labour Party was a running sore through the conference.
The possibility of a nationwide strike in the NHS has taken a big step forward as health workers voted to reject the below inflation pay award they have been offered.
An 86 year old from Derby is going blind – because his health authority won’t make his treatment available on the NHS.
Some 300 people packed into a Socialist Worker meeting in central London on Tuesday 18 April on 'Who Really Ended The Slave Trade?'. Here are videos of speeches by Weyman Bennett and Paul Gilroy, as well as the floor debate.
Leaders of the world’s most powerful countries will gather in Rostock, Germany, for the G8 conference which runs from 2-8 June this year.
The Cairo Conference comes to London Hamdeen Sabahy, an independent MP in the Egyptian parliament and a leading figure in the anti-imperialist movement, will be joined by leading activists from the Middle East in a forum on resistance.
Thousands of home owners face the possibility of being hit by increases in the cost of their mortgages, with average borrowers paying up to £120 a month more.
The fight for reinstatement of 17 black women care workers in Huddersfield has entered its 18th week. Unique Care, a private care provider employed by the council, dismissed the women after they walked out in defence of a sacked colleague.
‘Within 60 minutes of Macquarie’s move, they had abolished the final salary pension scheme.
It’s been a hectic week for Solidarity in the Scottish parliamentary election campaign. Solidarity held a well-attended fringe meeting at last week’s Scottish TUC conference in Glasgow.
Respect activists are stepping up the campaign around England and Wales in the run up to the 3 May local and Welsh Assembly elections.
On the face of it, the results of the French presidential election appear to represent a revival of mainstream parties.
Lecturers at West Notts College in Mansfield have rejected the proposed part privatisation of the college.
Last Saturday 35 UCU union members from 18 different London colleges came to an activists’ meeting. It was one of the most exciting meetings that we have had for a long time.
Campaigners in Hammersmith, west London, are claiming a victory after Hammersmith and Fulham council withdrew their proposal to close Hurlingham and Chelsea School with no conditions.
A strike by volunteer coastguards across Britain over insurance payouts for those injured while on a rescue has won a new deal.
Over 100 people attended the Tower Hamlets College Save Esol (English for speakers of other languages) rally, organised by the UCU lecturers’ union on Wednesday of last week.
Bristol care workers anti-privatisation protest Some 200 people protested on Friday of last week against the threat by Bristol council to privatise care workers’ jobs. Speakers at the rally included Respect local election candidate Paulette North.
The United Nations (UN) and international aid agencies are warning that Iraqis are facing grave dangers to their health as a result of the chaos caused by war and occupation.
The "Power to the People" campaign organised by Women of Zimbabwe Arise (Woza) spread to Harare on Monday 23 April. Protesters assembled in the morning and held simultaneous ‘tough love’ protests at offices of state power company, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa), in Kuwadzana, Warren Park and Zengeza. Over 470 members from 10 different areas of Harare took part.
A special showing of Ken Loach’s classic 1969 film Kes in central London on May Day will be hosted by the director. He spoke to Socialist Worker about the significance of May Day, the state of the trade union movement and the film’s enduring power.
The procurement of school and hospital buildings by government – how the contracts for their design and construction are drawn up, and how the buildings are paid for – sounds like the driest of subjects, of interest only to professional bean counters.
Even for activists experienced in the ways of the trade union bureaucracy, first time exposure to the annual congress of the Scottish TUC usually comes as a shock.
The first round of the French presidential elections last Sunday was haunted by its counterpart five years ago.
For over 100 years 1 May has been international workers’ day – a day of working class solidarity and a celebration of internationalism.
May Day sees the relaunch of the Socialist Review, with a new format and glossy look. It will be a monthly magazine that will get to the heart of and analyse the major issues facing socialists and activists in the movements.
It was four in the afternoon. The Junkers, Heinkels and Italian Savoias flew straight over the main street of the town of Guernica dropping splinter bombs and incendiaries. Within three hours, the town was a skeleton and over 1,600 of its people were dead. It was 26 April 1937.
In April 1937, Pablo Picasso read an article in the French Communist daily, L’Humanité, reporting that "Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basques, was completely destroyed yesterday afternoon by insurgent air raiders.
In my first three columns I showed that capitalism is based on a fundamental division, between capitalists who control production and workers who have no choice other than to sell their labour power.
Half NelsonDirected by Ryan FleckFilm out now Heard the one about the sexy, 20-something, crackhead, inner city, history teacher whose star student is his dealer’s runner and whose parents are alcoholic anti-Vietnam war lefties?
Maxwell, the BBC publicity material states, "is a gripping, dramatised account of how greed and ambition destroyed a man and led him to commit one of the world’s biggest-ever frauds".
In a true reckoning of Tony Blair’s legacy, Labour has slipped to its lowest poll ratings since 1983. A poll in the Independent this week found support for Labour had slumped to 27 percent.
The media reaction to the death of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin was curiously split. Right wing newspapers couldn’t decide whether to celebrate Yeltsin as "the man who brought down Communism" or lampoon him as a drunken fool who wrecked Russia’s economy.
Novelist Kurt Vonnegut, the post-Second World War’s best approximation of Mark Twain, has died aged 84.
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