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The national strike by postal workers this week is a battle that will determine the future.
Unison union activist Zena Dodgson is facing the sack after her Surrey and Sussex healthcare NHS Trust employer issued her with an "at risk" letter.
Workers at Johnnie Walker plants in the west of Scotland are to be balloted on strike action to save jobs.
Over 1,000 climate change protesters gathered at Ratcliffe on Soar power station in Nottinghamshire last Saturday to protest against the continuing use of coal power stations.
Tenants at a Defend Council Housing meeting in Seven Sisters, Neath, last week voted unanimously to oppose the plan by the Neath Port Talbot Council to transfer their homes to a private housing company, NPT Homes Ltd.
Baha Mousa died within 36 hours of being taken into British military custody during a raid on a hotel in Basra, Iraq, on 14 September 2003.
Trade union activist charged under prevention of terrorism act A leading trade union activist faces a court hearing this week under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
The government is determined to stop CIA documents that link the British state to torture coming to light.
Around 150 people, including many migrant workers, attended the Hands off my workmate conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas) last Saturday.
Hundreds of firefighters across South Yorkshire were greeted with cheers as they struck for 24 hours from 6pm on Monday in protest at plans to sack them.
Iraqi asylum seekers are speaking out after suffering racism, violence and cock-ups on a deportation flight.
People in Swansea were shocked and disgusted by racist thugs taking to their city’s streets too last Saturday.
The Unite union is recommending that its members at Barclays bank vote to accept the closure of the final salary pension scheme to existing members in a consultative ballot.
Up to 30,000 Tamils and their supporters marched through London last Saturday demanding the closure of Sri Lanka’s concentration camps.
A second BNP membership list was leaked on the internet on Tuesday of this week. The wikileaks.org website has published the file, which shows the BNP’s membership as of April this year.
Workers at the Manchester and Crewe offices of IT company Fujitsu held "practice pickets" last week.
The arrogance of MPs over the fortunes they have stolen in expenses seems to know no bounds.
The PCS civil service workers’ union is to launch a campaign, which could involve industrial action, for better conditions for call centre staff in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Striking refuse workers in Leeds have forced the council into a dramatic climbdown in their bitter dispute over planned cuts that would see some workers lose £6,000 a year.
All 260 workers at Crown Aerosols in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, walked out on unofficial strike on Monday in support of suspended print union steward Andy Kirk.
The NUJ Left conference on Saturday of last week discussed the changing dynamic of trade union struggle and the role of the left within the NUJ journalists’ union and the movement.
Socialist Worker explains why the Western occupation of Afghanistan must end—and why you should join Saturday’s anti-war demonstration
The bloody cost of the Afghan war has provoked unprecedented opposition among soldiers and their families.
Members of the EIS teaching union and the UCU lecturers’ union turned out at the Employment Tribunal offices in Edinburgh to demonstrate their support for victimised safety rep, Penny Gower.
The reality of Israel’s brutal onslaught on Gaza at the beginning of the year was laid bare at the United Nations Human Rights Council last week.
Cleaners on the Eurostar trains at St Pancras International station in central London are set to strike on Friday and Sunday in the next stage of their fight for justice.
The striking firefighters in South Yorkshire (for strike report see page 6) are fighting cuts on a massive scale.
The campaign to stop an estimated 200 redundancies at the University of the Arts in London took a major step forward last week.
Workers at London Metropolitan University struck on Thursday and Friday of last week against job losses and course cuts.
Bus drivers at Stagecoach’s Kettering depot are balloting this week on a new pay offer, after strike action pushed management into offering an increased hourly rate.
The battle against a national pay freeze at First Bus is hotting up, with thousands of drivers across Britain due to strike together on Monday of next week.
Fifty nine workers and their supporters from the Two Sisters factory in Smethwick protested outside Marks & Spencer in Birmingham on Saturday.
Strike supporters are planning to hamper Royal Mail’s scabbing plans next week by mass leafleting a strike-breaking mail centre in Dartford, Kent.
Every trade unionist in Britain should throw their full weight behind the post dispute.
Striking refuse workers in Leeds today voted by a massive 92 percent to reject a "final offer" from the council.
A bizarre attempt by the bosses to use the anti-terror laws against a blacklisted construction worker was dismissed as fantasy by a judge today (Wednesday).
The mood was angry and determined as around 200 people gathered at a Unite Against Fascism rally in central London tonight, on the eve of fascist Nick Griffin's appearance on the BBC's Question Time.
Anti-fascist protesters are gathering this morning outside the BBC’s television centre in west London, where Nazi British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin is due to appear on the BBC Question Time programme tonight.
Numbers are growing outside the BBC studios in west London, where anti-fascists are protesting against the invitation for Nazi British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin to appear on the Question Time programme.
Thousands of anti-fascist protesters stormed the BBC television studios in West London tonight just before Nick Griffin leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP) was due to arrive to record Question Time.
The footage shows thousands of people at the protest outside the BBC television studios in West London demanding that Nick Griffin, leader of the fascist British National Party, should not be given a platform to spout his Nazi filth on BBC1's flagship political discussion programme Question Time, Thursday 22 October 2009
Socialist Worker spoke to some of the 30 protesters who made their way through the police lines into the foyer of BBC Television Centre in west London during the demonstration against Nick Griffin's appearance on Question Time.
While most of the mainstream media have pored endlessly over the details of last night’s Question Time, in a bid to unravel whether it went better or worse than expected for fascist leader Nick Griffin, a simple point has been missed—he should not have been on there at all.
It was not only in London where people came together to protest at the BBC giving a platform to Nazi BNP leader Nick Griffin.
Thousands of people poured onto the streets of London today to protest against the continuing war in Afghanistan. Countless Afghans have lost their lives and 222 British soldiers have now died in the conflict.
Serving British soldier Joe Glenton broke Queen’s orders by joining the Stop the War march in central London and addressed the rally in Trafalgar Square, Saturday 24 October 2009. He ran the risk of being arrested by doing so but he was not deterred
What is happening in Pakistan?
There are now more than a million young people out of work – and the worst of the recession is still to come.
If A contemporary Rip Van Winkle, awakening from three years’ sleep, took a walk down Wall Street last week, he might imagine that nothing had changed.
Secret documents leaked last week show that Royal Mail is planning to smash the postal workers’ CWU union.
The scale of preparation by the bosses and the government can lead to workers feeling powerless, or even despairing.
Iqbal Khan Iqbal Khan was involved in the struggle against the National Front in the 1970s in Southall, west London
Can we defeat fascism through the superiority of our arguments, by letting loose the BBC’s finest presenters and allowing the racists to expose themselves in the "glare of publicity"?
Whether supporting the post workers, trying to stop the fascists, or campaigning to end the war in Afghanistan, people may well encounter members of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), intervening in and assisting these struggles.
The trade unions of today came out of working class struggle. Socialists played a critical role in developing them.
The days leading up to what could be the most important industrial conflict for many years saw one side preparing for all out class warfare – while the other was desperately looking for peace.
Solidarity is the key to victory for the post strike – and everyone, everywhere can do something to support the workers.
To find a group near you or to get help setting one up, phone 020 7819 1175
It’s clear that it is a diktat from government – and the Lord of the Dark Arts himself, business secretary Peter Mandelson – that prevents any settlement to our dispute.
This is a fight for jobs. Royal Mail has axed 53,000 jobs in the last seven years.
We are repeatedly told that the volume of mail that Royal Mail is handling is falling.
Postal workers are seething after the Labour government gave its full backing to Royal Mail bosses in this fight.
Royal Mail: secret management documents exposed
Over 40,000 postal workers delivered a stinging rebuke to Royal Mail and its backers in government today by joining the first of two days of strike action in defence of jobs and conditions.
A letter leaked to Socialist Worker reveals that, despite management and government claims, it is Royal Mail that is preventing negotiations, not the CWU union.
Birmingham Workers gathered outside the city’s Newtown depot from 4am as the two-day post strike began.
Royal Mail bosses were rocked today by the second day of the two-day national strike by postal workers.
The CWU has got the employers and the government on the back foot. Now it needs to press the advantage home.
The second part of the trilogy of Hunger Games novels follows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as they return home victorious after the games.
Bertolt Brecht’s classic play reveals the pomposity and naked prejudice of the privileged and powerful towards the supposedly "uneducated lower orders".
This new book looks at the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the British new left in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Made in Jamaica, a 2006 documentary film by French director Jerome Laperrousaz, finally receives a limited cinema release in Britain this week.
Don’t fall for bosses’ lies about post strikes Royal Mail bosses are spreading lies about post workers’ "Spanish practices" – lies that the right wing press are only too happy to promote.