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Until A few weeks ago, supporters of free market capitalism were confident enough to proclaim that their system was the only way that the world could be organised. Now their certainties have vanished.
The government and the mainstream press are attempting to scapegoat asylum seekers in Britain. But there is a stark contrast between the lifestyle the media allege they have and the reality.
‘The Home Office isn’t a just or fair organisation. The law is constantly changing, which makes it almost impossible to work with.
Women in Britain had a chance to win improved abortion rights for the first time in 18 years last week. But the plans were disgracefully scuppered by a diktat from New Labour that blocked MPs from even debating the measures.
Gordon Brown’s latest answer to the recession is to spend his way out of it. Having defended the dogma of the free market for the past ten years, he has now shifted to talk of state intervention and Keynesian economics.
According to "C12", one of the police officers who killed Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell on 22 July 2005, "Everything I have ever trained for – threat assessment, seeing threats, perceiving threats and acting on threats – proved wrong."
Demand justice for Jose Stalin The Unison union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) in central London is demanding its members are balloted for strikes over the suspension of branch chair Jose Stalin.
Socialist Worker was sorry to hear of the death of socialist activist Abby Kerr. We will print a full obituary next week. For funeral details phone Moira on 07961 592 556 or Helen on 07905 212 297.
There’s a right way and a wrong way for unions to confront job losses—and this was highlighted last week by the crisis in the manufacturing industry.
Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), instigated a meeting on Tuesday with Vernon Coaker, the minister of state for security, counter-terrorism and policing.
One danger that trade unionists can face in a time of recession is the argument that migrant workers are to blame.
The Stop the War Coalition World Against War national tour has been a big success.
The manager who sacked Unison union activist and nurse Karen Reissmann last year is now taking action herself for unfair dismissal.
Activists on the left in the Unison union have organised a national conference, What’s Gone Wrong in Unison.
Workers at the Appledore Shipyard in north Devon have voted to take strike action over pay.
Leading Unison activist Yunus Bakhsh is appealing against his sacking by Northumbia Tyne & Wear Health Trust. The appeal is now set for Wednesday 3 December—some six months after his dismissal.
Some 46 Castrol tanker drivers in the Unite union struck on Thursday of last week in defence of a dismissed worker.
Campaigners against academy schools in Sheffield are considering whether to challenge a "consultation ballot" that took place in the city over plans to turn Parkwood School into an academy.
Hammersmith & Fulham council in west London has effectively sacked its entire workforce and demanded that 4,283 employees reapply for their own jobs on worse conditions.
A US military attack on the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal has exposed growing divisions among the "coalition of the willing" behind the invasion of Iraq.
Union leaders have urged 150,000 Scottish council workers to vote no in the pay ballot that began last week.
Firefighters across the country are building for a lobby of parliament on Wednesday 12 November to campaign for significant improvements to training, safety and staffing for the fire service.
Unison union members in the London Fire Brigade are to hold a consultative ballot on strike action against job cuts.
Over 1,000 pensioners and trade unionists lobbied parliament on Wednesday of last week demanding a decent state pension for all.
There is a major fight underway for the future leadership and direction of Britain’s biggest union, Unite.
Suddenly Europe is aflame. There are mass demonstrations of workers on the streets, students in revolt in the colleges and schools, and pensioners are joining a movement to defend the welfare state they created.
People in Stoke-on-Trent have voted to scrap the city’s system of elected mayors.
Around 480 bus workers in the Unite union at Stagecoach Bluebird in north east Scotland are set to strike over pay on Thursday of this week.
This Friday is Halloween—and student and trade union groups will be protesting in cities across the country against the horror that capitalism has brought upon the world.
Unite union activists representing bus workers across London met on Friday of last week for a crucial discussion on how to take their pay campaign forward.
One effect of the economic crisis is that many people are becoming interested in alternatives to capitalism—and are engaging with socialist ideas about how to transform the system.
As Royal Mail prepared to announce profits of over £177 million, around 500 postal workers and supporters marched in Crewe last Saturday to demand the local mail centre is kept open.
There are just a few days of voting left in the NUT teachers’ union’s ballot for strike action over pay.
The New Labour government has brought in changes to disability benefits this week that will make it even harder for sick and disabled people to claim benefits.
Monday 10 November will see a national strike by around 270,000 civil service workers in the PCS union. This will be the latest stage in the battle of public sector workers against Gordon Brown’s pay curbs.
The London region of the UCU education union initiated a meeting last week to discuss organising a joint trade union response to the recession.
Following the recent successful London-wide rally hosted by the People Before Profit Charter, supporters in Hackney, east London, along with Turkish and Kurdish activists, called an organising meeting for the charter.
People Before Profit Charter supporters in Southend held a successful "freeze-in" last Saturday highlighting the plight of pensioners and calling for a windfall tax on energy companies.
The plummeting stock markets are having a devastating effect on the pensions of working people.
Can public spending solve the crisis? Many economists and politicians – Gordon Brown included – are calling for major public spending projects to stave off the worst effects of the recession. This is sometimes dubbed a "Keynesian" solution.
Protesters staged a mock funeral of capitalism outside the headquarters of the failed Lehman Brothers bank in Canary Wharf on a bitterly cold Halloween night.
Up to a million students, teachers, lecturers, school students and their supporters demonstrated through Rome on Thursday 30 October, as parliament approved laws introduced by Silvio Berlusconi’s government to slash education funding and to axe thousands of teaching posts. Over 90 percent of the country’s schools were shut.
There have been a flood of pieces in the international press recently about how the financial crash has meant Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes – reduced to intellectual pariahs in the heyday of neoliberalism – are back in fashion.
The enormous enthusiasm that surrounds Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign is an expression of the desire of millions to see change.
Adam Smith is considered to be the founder of modern economics. He was a pivotal figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, a period of intellectual and scientific creativity that swept across Scotland in the mid to late 18th century.
Capitalism is a uniquely crisis prone system. It lurches from boom to bust and back again, and produces wars and revolutions with a regularity previously unknown in history.
Stock markets across the world plunged last week as financial institutions began to face up to the reality of a new global downturn. Revenues, profits and economic growth are all going to plunge as the recession begins to bite.
This documentary focuses on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther party organiser who has been on death row since 1981.
A stranger visits a barber. He has, he says, "bad news" to impart – in fact the news is so bad that the adjective "bad" barely suffices. For 70 minutes the two men talk.
A new photograph exhibition celebrates east London’s rich political history and the individuals who took a stand for their rights and to improve their quality of life.
At a time when some racist Southern US states went so far as to ban inter-racial chess games in public spaces, something subversive was happening down in Tennessee.
George Orwell’s "fairy story" Animal Farm stands as one of the most powerful indictments of Stalinist Russia.
British justice last week delivered another blow against the Chagos Islanders when the law lords voted by three to two against their right to return home.
There is talk of a renewed "Brown bounce" ahead of next week’s Glenrothes by-election as polls show increasing support for Gordon Brown’s handling of the economic crisis.
Our rulers are using the global recession as an excuse to cut back on measures to tackle climate change.