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POLITICANS ARE squabbling over just how quickly public spending cuts should be rammed through after the general election. They argue about whether they should be merely devastating or totally catastrophic.
IRAN: WHAT LIES AHEAD?THE MOVEMENT, SANCTIONS AND THE WEST
The RMT union is planning to ballot members at Network Rail for strike action.
THE GMB union was to serve notice this week of an official strike ballot of 8,000 members at British and Scottish Gas. It is in protest at attacks on jobs and conditions.
A CWU member at the West Park Delivery Office in Plymouth has written an inspiring report on how they won the reinstatement of their union rep.
Drivers and engineers at Metroline in London have voted overwhelmingly for action against bullying.
The threat of eight days of strike action by South Yorkshire firefighters has forced their bosses into talks.
The battle over jobs in construction is taking to the streets of London this week.
Resistance to the cuts across higher education is growing. Lecturers at Leeds university are coming to the end of their strike ballot and more groups of lecturers are preparing to join the fight.
Strikes at Fujitsu Services have clearly worried the IT company.
More than 40 traffic wardens and their supporters protested outside the Ealing council meeting that decided to privatise them, on Tuesday of last week.
Workers in Bedford borough council’s direct services department have been striking on Mondays and Fridays since 21 January over attacks on pay and conditions.
Jobcentre talks with PCS continue Two weeks of "intensive talks" continue between the PCS civil service workers’ union and Jobcentre Plus management.
Two Labour ministers have now let slip that the general election is going to be on Thursday 6 May.
Hundreds of thousands of civil service workers will start a ballot this week over attacks on their redundancy rights. It could mean major strikes in the run-up to the general election.
"I cannot rule out violence," these are the ominous words of English Defence League (EDL) founder Tommy Robinson. He was talking about the EDL’s planned demonstration in Bolton on Saturday 6 March.
Anti-fascist campaigners in Barking, east London, are gearing up for a day of action against the BNP this Saturday.
The Labour Party and the Conservatives are busily talking up their plans to cut after the election but the attacks on public services have already begun.
"The decision I took—and frankly would take again—was if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction we should stop him.
The corrupt government of Yemen won international support and funding to do the US’s bidding in the country last week.
The army has dropped the heaviest charges it was to bring against Joe Glenton, the British soldier who refused to fight in Afghanistan.
A Nato conference has agreed to set aside $500 million to bribe Taliban members to swap sides in Afghanistan.
The deep tensions within the Labour Party are intensifying as the general election approaches.
The government must decide whether to prosecute over the BAE Systems bribery scandal—after letting the arms trader off the hook last time.
Hundreds of people protested against Haitian president Rene Preval on Saturday of last week.
The government has thrown 202,700 people off disability benefits in just over a year, new figures show.
High street chemist Boots is cutting more than 15,000 workers’ pensions.
Royal Mail fat cat Adam Crozier has quit—but will walk away with a £2 million bonus.
The jobs massacre gives the lie to New Labour’s spin that the recession is over.
Suicides rise as recession bites Suicide rates shot up as the recession started, new figures show.
The Certification Officer, who monitors trade unions, has ruled that Unison broke its own rules over political funding.
Bosses and politicians are putting profits before safety in their attempts to crush two high-profile groups of workers.
Lecturers at Leeds University have voted strongly for strike action over job cuts.
A strike by 750 signals workers has caused major disruption on London Underground today. The RMT transport union members are angry about management's plans to enforce shift changes, break agreements and outsource work.
Around 150 students have occupied the roof and conference centre of Bramber House at Sussex University, near Brighton, today. They are protesting at management’s plans for cuts across campus. The conference centre is often hired out to private companies.
Women in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre have been on hunger strike since Friday of last week against their treatment in the centre. The detention centre is used to hold people before they are forcibly removed from Britain.
The Turkish TUC has called a national day of action in support of the ongoing Tekel workers’ action in the capital, Ankara.
Remember the Third World debt crisis of the 1970s and 1980s? The First World debt crisis of the 2000s and 2010s may make it look like a tea party.
Inequality is alive and well in Britain, as a new government report has admitted. But although politicians and the media will accept that inequality exists, few acknowledge that class is the basis for that inequality.
Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez has called for the formation of a Fifth International to unite socialists around the world.
Over 900 people packed into the Right to Work conference last weekend. Socialist Worker reports on the key themes of the day and looks ahead to building on broad networks of resistance
Participants in the conference in Manchester speak about the day
"Today has been inspirational but we have to move on from just being inspired", Raymond from the steering committee told the conference’s final session.
How can we stop the jobs massacre? by Tom Walker
This book is a devastating and forensic look at inequality across the world – and the terrible problems it causes in society.
Eight rooms, nine lives is part of the Identity season at the Wellcome Collection. The exhibition is made of plywood rooms, all in different shapes and angles, with doorways you have to look for.
It’s Ireland 1958 and a young IRA man is sentenced to death by the British. The IRA reply by taking a British soldier hostage and bringing him to a squalid Dublin boarding house.
I had to suppress a cringe when I heard that Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey were associated with this film. Surely any movie with those two involved would be a saccharine, fairytaleish, shiny story of impossible optimism?
A new exhibition highlights the democratic spirit of Van Gogh’s art, argues John Molyneux
Spot the difference. Last April, David Cameron strutted the stage at the Tory spring conference, talking tough. He declared an "age of austerity", and boasted that the Tories would face up to the "incredibly tough decisions" on government spending.
CLIMATE CHANGE deniers are on the offensive. They are using small sections of correspondence between climate scientists to claim that the evidence for global warming is faked.
LESS THAN a week has passed since the death of one of the most beloved figures on the US left, the 87 year-old "people’s historian" Howard Zinn. But already his legacy of inspiring generations of fellow activists is plain.
Alistair Hulett died suddenly last week after a short illness.
Our leaders have failed Haiti – but we haven’t Students, teachers and non-teaching staff at Filton High School, south Gloucestershire, raised £500 for Haiti last week.
"It’s just over £1 billion, £1.5 billion, something like that."