Dated: 14 Nov 2009
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Something has changed in British politics. Gordon Brown and Labour ministers now appear almost entirely isolated in their support for the brutal war in Afghanistan.
Around 400 protesters from all over Scotland gathered in St Andrews, Fife, last Saturday to oppose the presence of the G20 summit of finance ministers.
The biggest dispute to hit South Elmsall in Yorkshire since the Great Miners’ Strike ended in 1985 is taking place at Superdrug.
Strikes have forced fire chiefs in South Yorkshire to climb down from their threat to sack 744 firefighters.
The RMT transport union has called a protest against the contracting out of cleaning on London Underground for Wednesday of next week.
There was an angry lobby by 400 Nottinghamshire county council workers at lunchtime on Thursday of last week.
Lance Corporal Joe Glenton—a soldier who is refusing to fight in Afghanistan—was arrested and held on Monday of this week after the British army brought new charges against him.
The Labour government forced through a significant attempt to cover up miscarriages of justice this week. The measure, buried in the Coroners and Justice Bill, passed by a majority of just eight MPs.
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at the University of Westminster are set to strike on Friday of this week in a dispute over back pay.
Lecturers at Glyndwr University in Wrexham have voted to strike in support of a sacked lecturer.
Two hundred members of the lecturers UCU union at Barnsley College struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
Around 250 people attended a conference on "The crisis in working class representation" sponsored by the RMT transport union last Saturday in London.
Ed Miliband, the climate change secretary, has admitted that next month’s United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen will not produce any binding treaty to tackle climate change.
Teachers in the NUT union at Norlington School in Waltham Forest, east London, began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week.
Teachers, parents and children across Britain are stepping up activities against the government’s hated Sats tests.
Refuse workers in Brighton suspended their strike action for 21 days as Socialist Worker went to press. The move came after the council appeared to make significant concessions retreating from its plan to cut the wages of the 300 workers.
The Stop the War Coalition has called an emergency demonstration against the arrest of Joe Glenton from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday 12 November at Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB.
The Unite union has called off the three days of action at the Fujitsu Services IT company set to begin tomorrow after it came to an agreement with management to extend consultations over pensions and redundancies.
A determined meeting saw lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and their supporters, gather in central London against homophobia on Tuesday evening. More than 65 people attended the meeting, which came after large vigils in London, Liverpool and other towns and cities against the rise in homophobic hate crime.
Unite Against Fascism has heard that the BNP is holding its annual conference in Hindley Green, near Wigan, this weekend. UAF has called an emergency protest against the BNP. Meet at 12 noon on Saturday 14 November outside The Swan pub on Swan Lane, Hindley Green, Wigan WN2.
A threatened racist protest today outside Glasgow’s central mosque was blocked as the city centre was firmly in the hands of around 3,000 anti-racists and anti-fascists.
Over 200 British soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001, more than 90 this year alone.
PC Mark Jones was last week cleared of racially assaulting two teenagers.
Shocking figures have been released showing the number of complaints made against the Met police’s riot squad.
Bus workers demand respect—that was the message from thousands of striking drivers in London and Essex, who brought services to a standstill on Monday this week.
Around 14,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA) will begin a strike ballot on Monday of next week—the same day that management is due to impose harsh new terms and conditions on cabin crew.
Anti-fascist campaigners in Scotland are organising to counter a march by the racist thugs of the Scottish Defence League (SDL) this Saturday.
A series of brutal attacks on Asian students at City University in north London has underlined the vicious consequences of rising anti-Muslim racism.
The Neath Port Talbot Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaign is to hold its 14th public meeting in the campaign to stop the transfer of some 9,300 council homes.
Around 150 activists gathered at a London forum last Saturday to discuss the situation that climate campaigners face in the run up to the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen next month.
Striking refuse workers in Leeds have entered their tenth week of all-out, indefinite strike action—and their resolve is causing council bosses to wobble.
Workers at the Corus Steel company have forced management to backtrack over their refusal to pay workers two consecutive quarterly bonuses.
Civil service workers are in the forefront of campaigning to defend public services.
Evidence is being heard at an inquest at Sutton Coldfield town hall into the death of Mikey Powell.
An historic national strike in the IT industry is set to begin this Thursday as workers at Fujitsu walk out for three days.
The elections for the editor of The Journalist, the magazine of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), have caused a surprising stir.
The deeply polarised city of Kabul has recently been unified by a new addition to Afghan life—the surgical mask.
The news that Britain has not escaped recession brought a deep sense of gloom to big business. It also exposed deep rifts within the ruling class over what to do next.
Were the post workers’ CWU union leaders right to call off our planned strikes at Royal Mail last week?
Leaders of the postal workers’ union were wrong to suspend strikes at Royal Mail last week.
The ink on the agreement signed by Royal Mail and the postal workers’ union may not yet be dry, but already bosses have shown that they are attempting to string out local talks and keep existing attacks in place.
Since the first day of our strike, the Royal Mail propaganda machine has been spewing out misinformation.
Over the last 24 hours we have received hundreds of messages of condolence from groups and individuals from all over the world.
There is a tendency to portray the British ruling class as a somewhat buffoonish collection of toffs, removed from the realities of life.
Royal Mail’s use of agency workers to try to break the post workers’ strike has highlighted the role of employment agencies.
John found a job as a street cleaner. The council used a mix of permanent and agency workers for their street cleaning operation.
Agency workers in Liverpool told a study by the North West TUC how they were "treated like cattle" while working on a multi-million pound government contract.
Over the past decade, the use of temporary agency work has increased dramatically.
‘But, Chris, didn’t Mao lead a genuine revolution in China in 1949?" This was a shout as well as a question, and it reverberated across the London School of Economics (LSE) student canteen.
Can you explain the founding of the weekly paper and the audience it was aimed at?
Eamonn McCann, Civil rights activist, Northern Ireland
In March this year over 1,000 people, a large number of them young students, attended an academic conference on "The Idea of Communism" in London.
Will "tougher" action on immigration help to beat the BNP?
In November 1999 an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists shut down a meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle. In the process they sparked a global movement.
The decision by CWU union leaders to sign an interim agreement and call off nationwide postal strikes was a serious mistake.
Chris Harman, editor of International Socialism and before that for many years editor of Socialist Worker, died suddenly of a heart attack in Cairo on the night of 6-7 November, on the eve of his 67th birthday.
Why the fight against homophobia is political The recent vigils against homophobia (Socialist Worker, 7 November) were hugely important in providing a place to protest against recent attacks.
‘The stumbling block to a solution in the post was a small group of union activists in London who seemed to think they were fighting a class war. They were being driven on by the Socialist Workers Party.’A ‘Royal Mail source’ complaining in the Daily Mail that the post bosses didn’t get it all their own way