Dated: 07 Feb 2009
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Millions of working people across Britain are fearful and angry at the mounting economic crisis. Manufacturing industry is now shedding jobs at a rate of 30,000 a month.
The Democracy Commission was set up at the recent Socialist Workers Party (SWP) annual conference. It is made up of ten elected members and four members appointed by the SWP’s Central Committee. Its first meeting will be on Saturday 7 February.
Over 50,000 British Tamils led an angry march through central London over the ongoing military offensive in North Eastern Sri Lanka on Saturday of last week. Several thousand of demonstrators occupied Westminster Bridge for several hours demanding to know why the BBC, which covers the Indian continent more than most news services, has ignored the plight of ethnic Tamils.
Workers at the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland have delivered a powerful example of how to take on the recession – they are occupying their plant to keep it open.
Members of the PCS and Unite unions at Hewlett Packard/EDS joined other workers across Europe in a day of action on Thursday of last week against plans to axe jobs and freeze wages.
The election for general secretary of the Amicus section of the Unite union is set to begin on 16 February. This will give hundreds of thousands of workers the opportunity to vote for their choice to be the union’s leader for the next year.
The strike action at Joseph Locke primary school in Barnsley continues. Seven NUT union members continue to support their colleague who is losing £260 a month due to reorganisation at the school.
Further education lecturers in eleven colleges will be out on strike on Thursday of this week.
Some 55 UCU union members from across the north west of England last week joined an inspiring conference in Manchester on Challenging the market in education.
Members of the UCU and Unison unions at London Metropolitan university are fighting attacks on their jobs.
Over 100 workers joined a lobby of Leeds councillors on Wednesday of last week to support workers in East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) and Unison union convenor John McDermott.
Essex county council intends to put huge swathes of council services up for grabs to private sector "partners".
The indefinite strike by Glasgow community service supervisors is entering its fifth week.
Workers from the Waterford Crystal occupation occupy the head office of the company’s receiver Deloitte and Touche in Dublin, Wednesday 4 February 2009
Scotland faces its biggest housing crisis in 60 years. The economic collapse has destroyed the myth that competition and the "free market" can deliver on housing.
Gordon Brown announced last week that is he is backing down over rules that have stopped councils from building council housing.
Management at the Morning Star daily left wing newspaper effectively imposed a wage cut on its journalists last week.
Large angry meetings have been held across Glasgow in protest at the council’s plans to close 13 primary and 12 nursery schools to save £3.7 million.
Anti-fascists in the West Midlands are mobilising to protest against Adam Walker, an active member of the fascist British National Party (BNP) who worked as a teacher and is accused of using school equipment to post racist statements on the web.
Bosses at the high street giant Argos have delivered an outrageous ultimatum to workers – let us slash your terms and conditions, or we will slash your jobs and pay.
The Unite union was set to announce a strike ballot of over 2,000 bus drivers at Metroline in north and north west London as Socialist Worker went to press.
Tube unions have pledged to fight any plans for Transport for London and London Underground to impose compulsory redundancies.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) put Britain at the bottom of the class in its revised forecast for the world economy last week. At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Gordon Brown was forced to refute suggestions that London was now "Reykjavik on The Thames" – a reference to Iceland’s economic crash.
Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House has had a bloody beginning. January has seen the highest number of coalition troop casualties in Afghanistan.
Israel and its Egyptian ally are continuing to hamper the entry of desperately needed humanitarian goods into the Gaza Strip after Israel’s assault on the Palestinians there.
Resistance to Israel’s aggression and its siege of Gaza has continued to rage on college campuses across Britain.
A magnificent movement of solidarity with Gaza is rolling out across the country.
Attempts to witch-hunt well known health worker Yunus Bakhsh from his job and his union continue to cause a storm – particularly in the north east of England.
Leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann has settled her employment tribunal case against Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
The anger against the growing impact of the economic crisis broke out last week in Britain.
Companies say they use subcontracting firms to carry out specific parts of a project to try and reduce costs. This is opposed to direct labour – workers being employed directly by the main contractor.
The Italian workers live in barges on the Grimsby docks. They are allegedly paid the national rate for the job – although deductions are taken for "bed and board".
Derek Simpson, joint Unite general secretary, has said that moves should be taken to overturn European legal cases that allow employers to undercut wages and conditions as part of resolving the dispute.
All the militancy and strength we have seen needs to be put into a battle against the bosses that involves everyone in the fight for jobs.
Berlyne Hamilton is a retired car worker who used to work at the Ford plant in Dagenham, east London. He spoke to Socialist Worker about his experience there as a shop steward.
Many union activists on the buses are worried that the "British jobs for British workers" slogan will set back their struggle to build unity among workers.
The waves of student occupations in solidarity with Gaza show no sign of stopping as Manchester university and Strathclyde university went into occupation this week.
Students in Scotland have been raising solidarity with Gaza through
As members of the University and College Union National Executive Committee, we would like to send solidarity greetings to the students in the 17 universities who have occupied their universities in protest over the Gaza crisis. This is the largest wave of occupations for over a quarter of a century. Too often, the media seek to portray this generation of students as ones who do not share the aspirations of the 1968 generation – and deride you as, "Generation Apathy". Your actions have decisively dispelled this myth.
After more than 25 years of civil war, the government of Sri Lanka believes it is on the verge of finally crushing the rebel Tamil forces on the island.
Defying riot police, protesters took to the streets of Vladivostok, Moscow and other Russian cities in protest at the economic crisis.
Farmers’ protests in Greece have increased the pressure on the country’s right wing government, which had already been rocked by riots, strikes and protests in December.
"Nobody notices when there’s a strike anymore", French president Nicolas Sarkozy declared last summer. On Thursday of last week he was made to eat his words.
Barack Obama’s plan to save the US economy has been caught up in a growing panic among world leaders over protectionism.
Sometimes the really important social conflicts between exploiter and exploited find expression by distorted means, via conflicts among the exploiters themselves.
It seems hard to imagine that people’s personal lives were different in the past. Family, friendship and sexuality seem deep-rooted and part of our personalities.
The popular perception that parts of Britain are becoming "ethnic no-go areas" is based on a misreading of the facts, population expert Ludi Simpson tells Anindya Bhattacharyya
Lemn Sissay grew up in rural Lancashire in the care of Wigan social services. He never met another black person until he was 18.
Gomorrah is a film that gives a fictional portrayal of the Camorra, the Mafia-like organisation based in Naples and nearby Caserta in southern Italy.
If you live in Rotherham or support Rotherham United Football Club, you may have already heard the first single from The Tivoli’s debut album, National Service.
Imagine going into work to find a government supporter urging you through a megaphone to "say no to imperialism" and defend "our beautiful revolution".
One is in jail for fraud. One is a convicted perjurer. One is a convicted arsonist and insurance fraudster. Some 92 are there only because of their thieving ancestors.
With the elections in Iraq behind them, warmongers in Britain and the US have been quick to declare once again, "mission accomplished". Iraq, they say, should become a model for democracy across the Middle East.
The Good Childhood Inquiry report commissioned by the Children’s Society tries to explain why children in Britain are the unhappiest in the developed world.
Trading in the planet Carbon trading is one of those ideas which has always proved a sticking point with socialists involved in environmental campaigns.
"British jobs for British workers."Gordon Brown borrows an old National Front slogan for his 2007 Labour conference speech