Dated: 03 Oct 2009
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New Labour is planning devastating public service cuts – to education, health, the civil service and firefighters. They say that the cuts will not have an impact on "front line" services, but they already are.
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union struck at five colleges on Tuesday as part of their long-running battle over pay.
More than 800 bus drivers in Bolton, Bury and Wigan held their fourth day of strike action on Monday of this week.
Steel producer Corus has put been forced to put back the closure of its final salary pension scheme to new members following threats of strike action.
Despite his reinstatement last week, the threat of disciplinary action continues to hang over Doncaster council worker Jim Board.
The National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) meets for the union’s annual congress in Torquay this weekend.
While journalists at the Trinity Mirror media group are fighting job losses and wage freezes, their bosses are living it up on the wealth the workers have created.
The ongoing crisis in the car industry saw Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announce plans last week to shut either its Solihull or Castle Bromwich sites in the Midlands.
The Office and General (O&G) cleaning company last week offered dismissed worker Juan Carlos Piedra a job of three hours a day cleaning the UCL university, undermining its own reasons for making him redundant.
Control room staff employed by the Serco company on the Docklands Light Railway in London planned to strike for 48 hours from 12.40pm on Wednesday of this week.
Members of the RMT transport union on London Underground’s Victoria Line are set to strike for 24-hours from 9.30pm on Monday of next week over the imposition of new rosters.
Cleaners on the Eurostar trains at St Pancras International have announced a further six days of strikes over their treatment at the hands of the Carlisle company.
Anti-fascist campaigners are promising a storm of protest in response to the news that Nazi leader Nick Griffin is to appear on the BBC’s flagship Question Time programme in London on Thursday 22 October.
Most anti-fascists already know the BNP lies – but in the case of one high-profile Nazi, it is now official.
A group of leading BNP members from the Midlands have been pictured speaking at a recent neo-Nazi rally in Germany. BNP organiser Mike Bell headed a group of British fascists, joining others from across Europe at a rock festival organised by the German fascist NPD group. This shows that the BNP is serious about building a network of fascist groups across Europe.
There were lots of campaign banners on display at the protest outside Labour’s conference in Brighton last Sunday.
Just weeks before the Copenhagen summit on climate change, the aviation industry got the headline it wanted – "Airlines Vow To Halve Emissions By 2050".
Some 1,800 firefighters and their supporters marched through Barnsley, South Yorkshire, on Monday to protest against fire bosses who want to rip up their contracts and impose shift changes.
Many young workers brought their children to the protest.
Desperate Royal Mail bosses are setting up secret mail centres around the country in an effort to undermine the highly effective strike action by postal workers.
The ballot for a national strike at Royal Mail is entering its final phase, and each vote is vital.
The determination of Leeds council bosses to cut services is becoming clear after three weeks of an all‑out strike by refuse workers.
Militant action works. That is the lesson from Tower Hamlets College in east London, where lecturers have beaten the threat of compulsory redundancies after four weeks on all-out strike.
The Territorial Support Group police sergeant who was broadcast on YouTube appearing to strike a woman at the G20 protests in London earlier this year is to be charged with assault.
Labour’s pressure groups are looking to make new and strange alliances.
While chancellor Alistair Darling was making his keynote speech complaining about the bankers, but promising to do nothing about them, the conference hall was half empty.
Postal workers in London have voted by a massive 96 percent to suspend funding to the Labour Party.
The protest outside the Labour Party conference last Sunday kicked off a calendar of resistance for trade unionists and activists for autumn and winter.
Just as chancellor Alistair Darling was lamenting that Labour has "lost the will to live" last weekend, a vibrant protest outside the party’s conference showed that the movement for change is very much alive.
That Lord Mandelson was the darling of Labour conference this week is one sign of party’s decline.
The media trailed Gordon Brown’s Labour conference speech this week as being about the prime minister fighting for his political life.
John McDermott, a well-known Unison union activist, is under investigation by the union for trying to take up a national executive seat for which he won the highest vote.
The people of Ireland were to vote again on the European Union’s neoliberal Lisbon Treaty on Friday of this week – despite voters rejecting it last year.
Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party was re-elected in Sunday’s German elections.
Portugal’s Left Bloc got 10 percent of the vote in last Sunday’s general election, securing 16 MPs.
Soldiers opened fire on an opposition rally in Guinea, West Africa, on Monday, killing over 150 people. Some 50,000 people were crowded into a football stadium in the capital Conakry, to hear Cellou Dalein Diallo, who had been prime minister until 2006.
The threat of war against Iran stepped up last week as Barack Obama warned he will not rule out military action unless Iran agrees to "come clean" on its nuclear programme.
All of the main political parties have said they want to make cuts to universal benefits, such as child benefit, winter fuel allowances, bus passes and TV licenses for the over 70s.
Probably the most important thing about the G20 summit in Pittsburgh last week was that it is the third time it has met in the past year. What was a relatively marginal international body seems to be morphing into a significant institution.
Elected on a wave of revulsion with the Tories in 1997, New Labour today is in crisis. The party faces wipeout at the next election. Opinion polls predict it could lose 17 of its 44 MPs in London alone.
The victims of the West’s wars have become beggars on our doorstep. Desperate people trying to escape persecution on the other side of the globe saw their temporary shelters destroyed by the CRS French riot police last week.
One activist agreed to take us to a secret location near Calais university, where a group of Iranian students were hiding.
Abu Jabr is not someone you would normally find among the Calais asylum seekers.
What a pathetic, spineless bunch our managers are.
The occupation in August and ongoing campaign by the Vestas workers has electrified both the climate change movement and the struggle for jobs.
After a particularly messy break up, a close friend phoned me to gleefully request I buy her the "All men are bastards" knife block, which she had discovered when typing the phrase into Google.
The launch of this new book on Egypt will be introduced by acclaimed author Ahdaf Soueif.
In a surprisingly bold move the TUC has invited Linton Kwesi Johnson to headline an event for its World Day for Decent Work. The day will focus on the impact of the international financial crisis on workers’ rights.
This is the story of the unlikely relationship between journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr) and homeless cellist Nathaniel Avery (Jamie Foxx).
How was it that an Indian, whose loyalty to the British was so great that he became a recruiting sergeant for a colonial war, could turn against his masters and lead a rebellion that would bring the Empire to its knees?
The only argument left to justify a vote for Labour at the next election is to warn that a victory for the Tories will mean a return to the brutal policies of Margaret Thatcher.
Will Fancy, who died on 29 July aged 76, was a life-long socialist and trade unionist.
It’s hard times for sick and disabled people Social Security rules are forcing genuinely ill people off disability benefits using so-called "medical services".
"But who?"Neal Lawson, head of Compass, the soft left think-tank, heckles at a fringe meeting when someone suggests Gordon Brown is replaced