Dated: 30 May 2009
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Life in Britain is hard for working class people. Unemployment has reached 2.2 million and continues to grow.
When the Daily Mail announces that "this is the worst time in living memory to retire" things must be bad.
The planned closure of four secure children’s homes (SCHs) in England is part of a worrying trend that is putting more vulnerable children at risk of harm.
Over 500 protesters held an angry march through central London last Saturday as part of the campaign against police violence.
We own the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Gordon Brown used public funds to buy 70 percent of the bank.
The wolves of international finance are circling around Gordon Brown’s government.
Hundreds of people marched down Holloway Road, north London, on Saturday of last week in protest at huge job cuts threatened in the area.
Delegates at PCS conference took a historic decision to consult the union’s members on supporting trade union candidates in future elections.
The rage sweeping the working class in Britain over job cuts and the MPs’ expenses scandal was clear to see at the PCS civil service workers’ union conference in Brighton last week.
The University and Colleges Union (UCU), which represents 120,000 lecturers in further and higher education across Britain, will debate whether to support a boycott of Israel at its annual congress this week.
Unison union members at Soas in central London are set to strike on Thursday of this week in defence of their victimised branch chair, Joseph Stalin Bermudez.
Students at a Rotherham school walked out on strike last week in protest against plans to turn it into an academy.
Students at Edinburgh University are campaigning against huge cuts to the modern languages department. The cuts could see up to £400,000 taken of the departments’ budget over the next two years. This would mean increased class sizes, the removal of certain languages from the syllabus and staff being laid off.
Teachers at Park College, Eastbourne, struck on Wednesday of last week against attacks on their terms and conditions.
Teachers at five schools in Tamworth, Staffordshire, struck on Wednesday of last week against a planned academy in the area.
The PCS civil service workers’ union conference in Brighton last week passed a raft of progressive policies committing the union to fighting against government attacks, and showing solidarity with other groups.
Workers, trade unionists, unemployed people and students are all mobilising for a major conference to fight for jobs.
Campaigners defending jobs at London Metropolitan University are furious after the government reneged on its promise to hold an independent inquiry into the university’s finances.
If you are a government minister you can avoid tax, double claim dubious expenses, have your council tax paid for you and do up your second home at public expense. It now has emerged that we have even paid for accountants to help MPs get the most out of the scams.
More than 200 MPs employ their relatives and have been able to claim extra expenses as a result.
A number of Tory MPs have graciously agreed to step down at the next election after acquiring fortunes in expenses.
Unite union members in Dundee picketed their cleansing depot last Saturday. They are currently in dispute with Dundee City Council, which is saving money on wages by abolishing enhanced rates of pay for public holidays.
Over 700 people attended a fundraiser organised by the Stop the War Coalition at London’s Hackney Empire last week.
The Glasgow City Council Community Service Supervisors strike has entered its 20th week. On January 21 supervisors began indefinite action in a single status grading dispute.
A ballot for strike action is underway at the Linamar (ex-Visteon) plant in Swansea, south Wales, in defence of sacked Unite union convenor Rob Williams. The result of the ballot is due on Wednesday.
Tom Woodcock is standing as an independent left wing candidate for the Romsey seat in Cambridge in the council elections on 4 June.
Candidates for the Socialist People’s Party are out in force in Barrow, Cumbria, campaigning to be elected in the council elections on 4 June.
Unofficial strikes involving thousands of construction workers on sites around Britain last week showed both the anger and the contradictions at the heart of the industry.
Instead of narrow campaigns over "local" or British jobs, the model should be the dispute at the Isle of Grain site in Kent in March.
There is the possibility of more unofficial action on construction sites in early June.
More than 400 Dial-A-Ride drivers employed by Transport for London (TfL) held a solid strike for 24 hours on Friday of last week.
The Labour government is pushing ahead with privatisation in Royal Mail.
The reballot of 10,000 RMT union members across London Underground and Transport for London for strike action against job losses, management bullying, and for decent pay was set to end on Thursday of this week.
Members of the RMT transport union on the Victoria Line of London Underground struck over the victimisation of union members for 24 hours from 9pm on Wednesday of last week.
Hundreds of right wing thugs, many wearing balaclavas and carrying anti-Muslim placards, went on the rampage through Luton last Sunday, intimidating local people and attacking Asian residents.
Anti-fascist campaigners are working flat out to stop the BNP making gains at next week’s European elections.
The News that Pete Doherty is to join the headline acts at the Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) Festival in Stoke this Saturday is a major boost to the campaign.
Evidence showing the Sri Lankan military’s savage behaviour in the last days of its offensive against the Tamil Tigers is mounting.
The West has condemned the recent test firing of a nuclear warhead by North Korea, warning of "tough measures" against the state.
The offensive by the Pakistani military against insurgents in the Swat Valley has created a refugee crisis.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has announced that a number of multinational metal companies are to be nationalised. This follows the government take over of several oil companies, ports, airports and some food producing firms.
The indigenous peoples of Latin America were once seen as passive and resigned to the exploitation they have suffered for so long.
Around Westminster and along Whitehall stand the statues of political and military figures that the British ruling class have thought it worth commemorating.
The report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, published in Dublin last week, is the map of an Irish hell. In devastating detail it reveals the systematic abuse of tens of thousands of children perpetuated by the Catholic Church – with the knowledge and collusion of the state.
In February 1934, in the wake of a huge financial scandal, fascists in France led an attack on the country’s parliament.
Britain’s famous parliament building overlooks the Thames, its gothic permanence supposedly representing the timelessness of the "mother of all parliaments".
The history of the twentieth century in Britain has shown that whenever a Labour government in parliamentary office has found itself in conflict with the class wielding economic and industrial power, the government has been resisted, humiliated or defeated, usually all three.
Most politicians and journalists talk as though the only possible sort of democracy is parliament, so all we can do is patch up a decrepit system. The history of the socialist movement shows that there is a different tradition of democracy.
The new exhibition, Rank: Picturing the Social Order 1516-2009, is a rich exploration of social hierarchy, division and inequality.
The Sculptors of Grand Rue district of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, plan to hold their first "Ghetto Biennale" in December.
Comrades will be saddened to hear of the death of Helen Shooter aged 40. She died of cancer which was first diagnosed three years ago.
Expenses are our cash I would like to start by saying that I am no political genius or great activist. I am just an everyday working class mother.
"Catch these anti-democratic idiots and get them sacked."BNP leader Nick Griffin on postal workers refusing to deliver Nazi election leaflets