Dated: 11 Apr 2009
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Workers at the Visteon car components manufacturing plants in Belfast, Enfield and Basildon are fighting for justice after they were sacked last week. The workers in Belfast and Enfield occupied their sites.
Over 170 workers came to a trade union rally organised by the UCU lecturers’ union in central London on Thursday of last week that aimed to kickstart a united fight to defend jobs.
Delegates to the NUT union’s annual conference this weekend will meet at a time of crisis that is impacting on their jobs, pay and pensions.
Battle lines were drawn at the National Union of Students (NUS) annual conference last week. Activists involved in the wave of student occupations over Gaza were refused support by the union, in a move that shows the ever-widening gap between the union structures and activists on the ground.
The UCU and Unison unions at London Metropolitan University are set to ballot for industrial action against planned job cuts.
Anti-academy campaigners won a victory this week when Northampton council postponed plans to transform the Unity College secondary school into an academy.
The likelihood of a London-wide strike at Royal Mail took a big step forward this week as leaders of the postal workers’ CWU union sanctioned a ballot of the region.
London Underground workers in the RMT transport union were expected to return a big yes vote for strike action over pay, job cuts and bullying on Wednesday of this week.
The government has found yet another way of putting pressure on the long-term unemployed, in addition to the Welfare Reform Bill currently going through parliament.
Over 50 people protested against an army showroom in Hackney, east London, last Saturday.
A group of journalists at Thomson Reuters press agency have voted for strikes to defend their nine-day working fortnight.
Around 100 train conductors at the London Midland company struck on Sunday and Monday of this week against management’s attempts to force them to work on Sundays.
news that the Northumbria, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust has upheld the sacking of nurse and activist Yunus Bakhsh was just breaking as Socialist Worker went to press.
The madness of the privatisation of council housing services was brought into stark focus last week as 235 maintenance workers in Glasgow were temporarily left without an employer.
A major dispute in Glasgow council escalated this week as around 10,000 workers in the Unison union began a ballot for action.
Members of the PCS civil service workers’ union at call centres in the Revenue & Customs (HMRC) department voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action for improvements to their terms and conditions last week.
A planned strike by thousands of journalists in the NUJ union at the BBC set for Friday of last week was suspended after a deal over compulsory redundancies was reached.
Journalists at Glasgow-based tabloids, the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail, are due to strike for a second time on Friday of this week.
Anti-fascists held a counter-protest at a British National Party (BNP) demonstration in Croydon, south London, last Saturday.
Thousands of Tamils in Britain joined a vigil in Parliament Square on Tuesday to protest against the Sri Lankan government’s military offensive.
Further evidence is emerging of systematic British involvement in "extraordinary rendition".
One of the central planks of the US strategy to pacify Iraq has begun to unravel – just as it prepares to draw down its troops from the country.
Thousands of demonstrators defied police repression and violence to stage mass protests against Nato in Strasbourg, France, last Saturday.
Many trade unions across Europe mobilised to bring workers to the anti-Nato demonstrations in Strasbourg.
Defiant workers at the Prisme packaging plant in Dundee are into their sixth week of occupation after being sacked at a few hours notice with none of the money owed to them.
There are growing calls for a public inquiry into the police’s role in the death of 47 year old Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in the City of London on Wednesday of last week.
Defend Council Housing (DCH) activists occupied a flat in Streatham, south London, last week in protest at Lambeth council’s policy of selling off its housing stock despite the chronic shortage of accommodation in the borough.
The magnificent action by Visteon workers occupying their factories is the sharp end of struggle in Britain – and has radically changed the mood among many of those fighting the impacts of the recession.
Parents in Glasgow stepped up their fight against school closures by occupying two primary schools on Friday of last week.
Postal workers in Watford are demanding a strike ballot after Royal Mail managers suspended the CWU union’s safety rep Bob Kennedy in a dispute about unsafe working practices.
A march has been called for Saturday 11 April to demand justice for Ian Tomlinson and an end to police violence.
Demonstration on Saturday 11 April 2009 demanding justice for Ian Tomlinson, who died after being hit by police during the anti-G20 demo on 1 April
Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference in Cardiff have voted unanimously for a boycott of the hated Sats tests next year – if the government refuses to abolish them.
Wednesday 1 April was one of those days where everything suddenly came together.
Durham miner Norman Strike kept a diary of his life during the 1984‑5 strike. To mark the dispute’s 25th anniversary, he is publishing his diary daily on the internet.
Karl Marx’s writings were among the earliest to analyse what is now called the "business cycle" – the short-term tendency towards boom and bust built into capitalism.
The City financial district in the heart of London was brought to a standstill on Wednesday of last week as thousands of protesters converged on the Bank of England to demonstrate against the recession, banks, war and climate change.
The police reacted to the G20 protests last week with their usual mixture of lies and bullying.
Gordon Brown’s G20 plan to "save the world" has been hailed a truimph by the media.
Within an hour of being told by Visteon that they were sacked, workers at the company’s Belfast plant were holding protests and appealing for solidarity.
With millions desperate to see a fightback over job losses and the bosses’ offensive, solidarity for the Visteon occupation has poured in – almost from the minute it started.
Workers’ action at Visteon has shown how every struggle is bound up with political questions.
"This recession is like a cancer," says Sharon, whose partner Richard was sacked last week after working for Ford and then Visteon for 17 years.
Visteon brought in the accountants KPMG as administrators to push through the closure of its plants.
It is clear that Visteon management were preparing for the closure of the Belfast plant as early as January 2007.
An investigation into the company scams that lie behind the closure of the Visteon plants shines a light on the murky world of multinational companies and outsourcing.
Supporters of capitalism tell us that, no matter how bad the current economic crisis gets, the system cannot be changed.
Visteon’s administrator, KPMG, has continued the contemptuous treatment of the workers.
Workers at the Visteon car components firm have put themselves at the heart of the fightback against job cuts by occupying their factories after they were summarily sacked on Tuesday of last week.
Workers at the Visteon car components plant in Enfield, north London, have ended their occupation, but are vowing to continue their protest against their unceremonious sacking that took place on Tuesday of last week.
The footage shows workers ending their occupation of the Visteon car components plant in Enfield, North London, Thursday 9 April 2009
London-based singer‑songwriter Sean Taylor has been praised for his modern protest songs and compared to the likes of Tom Waits and even Bob Dylan.
At the close of the 1960s, saxophonist Nathan Davis was making records in praise of the civil rights movement and in opposition to war – from the relatively safe distance of France.
The continuing power of the events of 26 April 1937 are shown in Dave Boling’s debut novel. It follows the lives of the Ansotegui and Navarro families from the end of the 19th century through to the beginning of the Second World War.
The horror of the aerial bombardment of Guernica, in Spain, by fascist forces on 26 April 1937 drove Pablo Picasso to his canvas.
Western leaders love to lecture countries in the Global South about "good governance". Corruption, they say, is holding you back.
Stephen Lawrence’s mother Doreen once asserted that no police officer had tended her dying son because they didn’t want to get "black" blood on their hands.
While he was in the Czech Republic last Sunday, Barack Obama pledged the US’s "commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons".
We beat the incinerator Campaigners are elated that Cornwall County Council has turned down a planning application for an incinerator to burn the county’s rubbish.
‘We could face situations where chief executives of companies are, as in France recently, taken hostage by protesters.’ Lisa Patmore, partner at Pinsent Masons law firm explaining that as economic conditions deteriorate, workers are more likely to take matters into their own hands
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