Dated: 12 Sep 2009
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New Labour is in crisis and it is responding by increasing attacks on ordinary people—including slashing jobs, attacking public services and freezing pay.
Would you like your local council to be run like budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet?
New Labour and the Tories are engaged in a desperate bidding war to see who can slash the most from Britain’s public services.
Last Saturday afternoon began like any other in Birmingham’s Victoria Street.
The English Defence League (EDL) demonstrations began in Luton in April 2009.
Many people believe the police did nothing to stop the EDL from rampaging through Birmingham city centre.
A storm of anger greeted the news that the BBC is planning to invite British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin to appear on its flagship Question Time debate programme.
Health workers were celebrating this week after the threat of strike action forced bosses at Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals to abandon plans to downgrade staff being transferred to private contractor Balfour Beatty.
Bus drivers in Edgware, north London, showed that militant action gets results when they won a stunning victory by walking out unofficially over rota changes.
Vestas workers scored a victory in their campaign to save their jobs when they stopped the wind turbine firm from moving blades out of the factory last week.
Trade unionists and campaigners across Britain are gearing up for the Vestas day of action on Thursday of next week.
A huge battle is underway in Tower Hamlets College, east London.
Post workers in London in the CWU union are so fed up with the way they have been treated by the government that activists have launched a consultative ballot to see if members want to continue supporting the Labour party.
The government is to hand over schools to businesses—for free. It announced this week that it is dropping the requirement for academy sponsors to make a donation to take over schools.
Strikes by postal workers in many parts of Britain are hitting Royal Mail hard, with millions of letters and packets clogging up mail centres and sorting offices.
Gordon Brown’s support for the poisonous "British jobs for British workers" slogan went up a little further this week when the government announced new employment rules.
Over 200 refuse and street cleaning workers in Leeds walked out on indefinite strike on Monday of this week in a dispute over pay.
Around 100 workers at the Two Sisters poultry processing firm in Smethwick, in the West Midlands, have been taking all out strike action against racism.
Rail workers at London Midland hit back at their penny-pinching bosses last week by refusing to work on Sunday after the company decided to axe double pay.
Liverpool airport baggage handlers forced their bosses to back off from making compulsory redundancies.
Workers will show who has power National Grid workers in Newcastle are set to strike on Friday of this week over plans to outsource work, which they fear will lead to job losses.
Firefighters across Britain are facing attacks that pose a threat to our fire service—and they are fighting back.
The war raging on construction sites reached a temporary ceasefire this week as the employers backed down over attacks on the new national agreement or "blue book".
Members of the Unite union met in Manchester last Saturday at a United Left meeting to select the left candidate for next year’s general secretary election.
Network Rail has announced that it will cut the number of frontline maintenance staff by 1,800 by April 2011.
Doncaster council suspended Jim Board, the branch secretary of Doncaster Unison union branch on Monday of this week after he spoke out in the media.
Activists and tenants from around the country discussed new government proposals on the reform of council housing finance at a national Defend Council Housing (DCH) meeting last Saturday.
Occupation forces have committed another slaughter of Afghan people—despite a pledge by the new supreme military commander to halt attacks on civilians.
Joe Glenton, a British soldier who has refused to fight in Afghanistan, last week won a major victory in his battle with the British army when it dropped key charges against him.
The government was forced to release a man it had held for over three years under its draconian "control orders" system on Monday.
Transport to Brighton is being organised from across Britain.
The Communications Workers Union has voted to back the demonstration outside Labour Party conference on Sunday 27 September.
Postal workers across south west London piled pressure on Royal Mail this morning by taking an extra day of action on top of yesterday’s capital-wide strike.
Vestas wind turbine workers on the Isle of Wight have stepped up their blockade of the factory by building a tripod outside the back gate.
Up to 3,000 South African soldiers fought running battles with riot police across the government district of Pretoria, the country’s capital, at the end of August. They had been marching to demand a 30 percent pay rise and improved conditions.
The Sri Lankan government is expelling James Elder, a senior official in the United Nations Unicef children’s charity, after he spoke out against its treatment of Tamil civilians.
Independent trade unionists in Egypt are facing a new campaign of intimidation and legal threats.
The radical left Die Linke party made significant gains in the German state elections last month.
Less than a year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the banks are back. Puffed up with profits, they are flexing their muscles again.
In the early 1990s a common sight in the Moscow metro was young men in military uniform begging for money. They had no legs. These were some of the victims of Russia’s disastrous occupation of Afghanistan.
Savages, evil, hell boys, sadists – these are just some of the phrases that have been used to describe the two young brothers from Edlington, Doncaster, who were convicted last week of a horrific attack on two other children.
I can remember July 1978 very clearly. I was ten years old, and I got my first kicking in a subway. It was a shock – he hit me pretty hard. And I didn’t know why.
New population statistics caused quite a stir in the press recently.
The countdown to the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen has started. The December meeting will bring together environment ministers and world leaders to reach a new agreement to succeed the 1997 Kyoto climate change treaty.
What forces can the working class trust? How should we fight for more democracy? Can we get rid of class society?
Jazz was in crisis in the early 1970s—the death of John Coltrane and the demise of the civil rights movement left many players disorientated.
Radical writer and director Trevor Griffiths has made an inspiring play telling the true story of an ordinary man transformed by the extraordinary times he lived through in the revolutionary upsurge at the end of the 18th century.
Irish writer Claire Kilroy’s novel is about emotions rather than events.
In the summer of 1989, I stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin with my uncle. Looking at the Berlin Wall, he told me that it would be there forever. He couldn’t imagine a Berlin without it. Yet within a few months it was history.
Inspired by Jimmy Ruffin’s song "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?", AL Kennedy’s fifth collection of short stories is written in the distinctive literary style that has won her awards and widespread acclaim.
The industrial coverage in this week’s Socialist Worker highlights the new wave of struggles breaking out in different areas across Britain.
Labour’s barbaric policy of detaining children Official confirmation came this week that 470 children have been detained in immigration centres in the first half of 2009.
"Gordon Brown and I have spoken of the hard choices needed in public spending over the coming years. We won’t flinch from the difficult decisions that will be necessary."