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The Greek spirit of resistance will come to Britain next week when hundreds of thousands of civil service workers strike for two days.
Geert Wilders is coming to London on Friday to speak in parliament and show his racist film Fitna. He has been invited by UKIP leader, and lifelong member of the House of Lords, Malcolm Everard MacLaren Pearson.
Anti fascist activists are leafleting football matches across Britain as part of the campaign against the Nazi British National Party (BNP) in the run up to the general election.
Around 5,000 protesters took to the streets of Islington, north London, last Saturday to defend key services under threat at Whittington hospital.
Around 350 university and college students and teachers came together last Saturday for the Take Back Education teach-in at King’s College in London.
The threat to privatise community health services in Tower Hamlets, east London, has been stopped by union opposition.
Local councils are planning to slash up to 170,000 public sector jobs.
Elections for national officers of the lecturers’ UCU union and its national executive committee (NEC) will end on Friday of this week.
The shutdown of the Corus plant in Redcar, Teesside, may have started, but there is still a mood to resist among steel workers.
The latest focal point in the battle over jobs on construction sites is the Alstom power station site in Pembroke, South Wales.
Further education lecturers in a dozen London colleges have demanded that management guarantee no compulsory redundancies.
Around 80 percent of Fujitsu workers have voted to accept the latest offer from management. This follows ten strike days by Unite members.
Anti-academies campaigners are set to protest at a conference organised by the Tory magazine, the Spectator.
Thousands of workers at the Network Rail maintenance company are continuing their ballot for strikes against 1,500 job cuts.
Bosses are planning cuts to night cover that will put fire safety at risk across London. The scheme is revealed in leaked documents obtained by the FBU firefighters’ union.
The teachers’ NUT union will begin a ballot on 15 March for a boycott of the administration of the hated Sats tests. This follows a unanimous vote at the NUT’s 2009 annual conference.
Supporters of Unison’s present leadership used union resources to boost the chances of their candidates in national executive elections.
Voting has begun for the NUT’s national executive committee.
Workers at car parts manufacturer Metadyne, in Halifax, Yorkshire, were to strike for three days from Wednesday this week.
The Campaign Against Climate Change is holding its third trade union conference on Saturday 13 March.
Local government workers are marching to defend jobs and services in Neath, South Wales, this Saturday.
Some 200 people gathered outside Nottingham’s County Hall last Thursday to protest against huge budget cuts.
Trade union members at the Notting Hill Housing Group have voted to strike over changes to terms and conditions.
Unison members working in museums, galleries and libraries across Glasgow are to vote on strike action.
Olli Rehn, the European Union (EU) monetary affairs commissioner, flew to Greece this week to demand that the government implements even more severe austerity measures.
Workers’ anger has pulled Greek trade union leaders behind a growing wave of resistance.
Total oil refinery workers in France have forced concessions from their bosses with high profile strikes.
People in Iceland will take part in a crucial referendum this Saturday.
The European Union has Spain in the firing line as the economic crisis intensifies.
Portuguese public sector workers were to strike on Thursday of this week in protest at the government’s decision to freeze wages.
Yet another judge criticised British spies for their complicity in torture last week. And yet again the government responded with lies.
Right to Work supporters tackled the Tories in Brighton last Sunday.
Around 40 people picketed Isleworth crown court on Friday of last week, demanding justice for people facing charges over the Gaza demonstrations in London last year.
A war criminal and an anti-war soldier both faced questioning this Friday. One will get off with no repercussions – the other could be sent to prison for two years.
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Hundreds of thousands of civil service workers are set to walk out on Monday and Tuesday.
Victimised trade unionist and nurse Yunus Bakhsh began an employment tribunal in Newcastle against his bosses on Monday.
Students at Westminster University went into occupation on Monday this week to protest against the huge cuts proposed by management.
Over 1,000 British Airways workers made their way to Kempton Park racecourse for a mass meeting on Thursday of last week.
Leaders of the three main unions at the BBC were to meet with bosses as Socialist Worker went to press to discuss the savage cuts BBC heads want to make.
No action will be taken against two men arrested in connection with the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry.
Former MPs are to be offered a pass giving them special access to the houses of parliament.
Lecturers at Leeds University have won important concessions from their bosses by threatening to strike.
Tuesday 9 MarchFilm show and talk to celebrate International Women’s Day hosted by the SWP. 6.30pm, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP
From Dover to Dundee, activists are mobilising to go to Bolton on Saturday 20 March to stop the racist English Defence League (EDL) from rioting.
The EDL is also planning to protest in Dudley on Sunday 4 April against the construction of a new mosque. EDL supporters have threatened to burn it down.
The campaign against the fascist British National Party’s (BNP) election candidates is gathering momentum across Britain.
Birmingham: 12 noon, BM Institute, Margaret Street B3 3BS
Socialist candidates are providing an electoral challenge to the mainstream parties across Britain. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing in around 50 constituencies.
Lecturers at the University of Sussex have voted overwhelmingly for strikes to save jobs. The UCU union members’ ballot won the highest turnout ever seen at the university. Some 80.9 percent voted in the ballot with 76 percent backing strikes.
Over 80 students have occupied at Sussex University in protest at management’s continuing plans to make savage cuts. The students are also acting in solidarity with their teaching staff, who have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.
Police attacked a peaceful demonstration against cuts at Sussex University today, Students report there were 16 police vans on campus as students demonstrated in solidarity with a group who were already in occupation. Police struck as demonstrators attempted to enter the building and join the occupation.
Riot police on Sussex University campus as students protest against cuts at the university and in solidarity with students already in occupation, Wednesday 3 March 2010
Greek workers are to strike for three hours tomorrow in response to the government’s intensification of its austerity measures. George Papandreou, the prime minister, announced yesterday that he would cut public sector workers’ annual bonuses by 30 percent, increase VAT by 2 percent and freeze state-funded pensions.
A jury at the inquest into the death of Paul Coker found that lack of communication and inadequate police training contributed to his death.
Students are leafleting campuses across London this morning to build the protest against the racist English Defence League (EDL) who are marching on parliament today.
Joe Glenton, the British soldier who has refused to return to fight in Afghanistan, was sentenced to nine months in military prison today.
Around 250 supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) marched from the Tate Britain in London to parliament today. The police removed anti-fascist protesters from the road to allow the EDL through.
The partner of a man who was the victim of a racist attack blames the EDL for stoking up hatred.
Tens of thousands of civil service workers are striking today and tomorrow against government plans to make it easier to sack them. The PCS union members are taking action against plans to cut their redundancy payments, which they believe is a prelude to mass job cuts after the election.
West Yorkshire chief constable Norman Bettison’s comments in Generation Jihad on BBC2 are a matter of grave concern.
At one level, the Greek crisis is a familiar tale of market blackmail and bullying. Through giving up its own currency and joining the euro, Greece attached itself to one of the world’s major economies, Germany.
What’s wrong with the way the media talks about science?
For many people it is common sense that migrant workers drive down wages.
The biggest and longest mass strike in British history ended 25 years ago. Around 165,000 miners struck for a year from March 1984. They were fighting Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s attempts to close pits, sack tens of thousands of workers and smash one of the most militant sections of the working class.
The defeat of the miners’ Strike did not bring an end to class struggle.
A new biography of Michael Foot, the former Labour leader, lays open the contradictions at the heart of the Labour Party. During his long career Foot was a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), a journalist and pamphleteer, and a cabinet minister.
Philip Glass’s opera is based on Mahatma Gandhi’s early life in South Africa during the Indian minority’s fight for civil rights.
David Tennant and Liam Brennan star in a dramatisation of John Steinbeck’s novel about migrant workers in 1930s California.
Originally developed in 2004 for the National Theatre, Philip Ridley’s play is an attack on nationalism and homophobia – and the rise of the British National Party (BNP).
Women is a three part documentary beginning on International Women’s Day, looking at the women’s liberation movement from the 1970s to today.
The transAtlantic slave trade of the 18th century saw millions of Africans forcibly displaced to America and the Caribbean.
A new book uses one person’s life to look at aspects of working class history in the last 80 years.
THE TORIES are far less certain of winning the election than they were a month ago. Opinion polls have shown their lead over Labour falling as low as 2 percent.
Monday is International Women’s Day. It’s a chance to assess the struggles in the past and those yet to come.
Tesco’s school land grab There is outrage in Manchester at plans to establish an academy school in Stretford. The plans of Trafford’s Tory-run council have exposed the pro-business nature of the academy programme.
"Britain is full, declares Nick Griffin at every opportunity, and he is right."