Dated: 27 Mar 2010
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British Airways (BA) cabin crew stuck two fingers up to bullying boss Willie Walsh this week. They led an inspirational three-day strike to defend jobs, pay, conditions and their union.
Socialist Worker can exclusively reveal a secret document from Tube bosses outlining a planned attack on London Underground workers jobs and conditions.
Campaigning by the PCS union in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stopped the transfer of three benefit delivery centres into the contact centre directorate.
Land Registry workers in the PCS civil service workers’ union are balloting on a proposed agreement over jobs and office closures.
Defiant protests by 3,000 anti-fascists blocked the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Bolton last Saturday.
Journalists at Johnston Press Group in Scarborough and Sheffield are to vote on strike action.
While the police battered anti-fascist protesters, Socialist Worker journalists witnessed the police getting matey with the racists of the EDL.
Ex-workers from the Ford-Visteon car parts company are to demonstrate at parliament on Wednesday 31 March.
Police and community "mediators" made a massive effort to stop local people coming on Saturday’s anti‑racist protest.
Bus drivers in Norwich have voted to accept a pay increase of 2.73 percent.
Elections for the national executive committee of the NUT teachers’ union are due to end this week.
Unite Against Fascism has hit back at those who condemned its protest on Saturday, demanding an inquiry into police behaviour.
Unison members who want a left alternative to the current leadership will meet on Saturday 3 April at 3.30pm in Somers Town Community Centre, London, NW1 to discuss the general secretary post in the union after nominations have closed.
The English Defence League’s next stop on its racist rampage is Dudley on Saturday 3 April. UAF is organising to stop it.
Hundreds of jobs are to be slashed and pay cut at Tory-run Lancashire County Council.
A Bassa union member at British Airways has sent the following to Socialist Worker, where a cabin crew worker explains why they went on strike – and why other crew should too.
Any postal worker wondering how to vote on the deal to end their dispute should look at the Royal Mail managers’ briefing on the proposed agreement.
There was good news last week from the trial of those arrested at the protests against the Israeli invasion of Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009.
Lecturers at Leeds university called off a planned one-day strike last week after forcing management to climb down.
Sussex University campus was abuzz with activity last week as student and worker militancy came together. Lecturers struck while students were in occupation.
The UCU Left has increased its representation on the national executive committee of the UCU lecturers’ union.
More than 250 delegates from 45 areas signed up to a new Manifesto for Council Housing at Defend Council Housing’s annual conference in London last week.
Workers at British and Scottish Gas are set to strike. Some 8,000 GMB union members have voted by 82 percent for strikes against "macho management" in the company.
Activists in Cambridgeshire have launched a campaign against public sector cuts.
Members of the RMT and TSSA transport unions at Network Rail are on track for a major confrontation with their bosses over plans to cut 1,500 safety-critical jobs.
The strike at British Airways is having a big political impact.
The Right to Work campaign is organising an emergency post-election conference on Saturday 22 May in central London.
Two crucial protests for those battling to defend the welfare state and public services will take place in London and Glasgow on Saturday 10 April.
Willie Walsh’s attack on cabin crew is part of a bigger assault on all BA workers.
Budget Day is set to see a major show of resistance to New Labour’s programme of cuts as 200,000 government workers prepare to strike.
BA says it is losing money. While it may not be making as much as it has in the past, it’s a very long way from poor.
Lawyers representing anti-war soldier Joe Glenton have lodged an appeal against his conviction. Joe, who refused to fight in Afghanistan, was sentenced to nine months in prison for going Awol.
The scandal of police violence during the G20 protests in April last year hit the news again this week.
The Labour government is delaying the release of the Saville Report into the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre until after the general election.
Alistair Darling boasts that unemployment is lower than expected. But disabled and seriously ill people are being forced into work under the government’s new employment and support allowance.
Thursday 25 MarchTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition election rally, with Bob Crow, Dave Nellist, Karen Reissmann and Brian Caton, 7,30pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London. Go to <a href="http://www.tusc.org.uk">» www.tusc.org.uk</a>Saturday 27 MarchAfghanistan day of action, with campaigning across the country.<a href="http://www.stopwar.org.uk">» www.stopwar.org.uk</a>Saturday 3 AprilProtest against the racist English Defence League in DudleyCalled by Unite Against FascismGo to <
A BBC investigation has revealed that a number of MPs have broken parliamentary travel rules.
The Labour Party has been forced to suspend former ministers after they were caught trying to "cash in" their political connections to gain lucrative lobbying consultancies.
Labour’s pledge to protect key services is undermined by its commitment to freeze 95 percent of NHS spending.
Labour chancellor Alistair Darling is caught between the baying of the City of London for brutal cuts in public spending and the need to win votes in the upcoming general election.
This week’s budget will see the mainstream parties and the media agree that there is no alternative to huge cuts in public spending.
Do a collection for the BA strikers. You can download a petition and collection sheet at www.righttowork.org.uk Get your union branch, region and national executive to pass motions to support the BA strikers, and push for full solidarity Get your union branch, region and national executive to pass motions to support the BA strikers. They can collect money, visit the picket lines, black BA, and push for full solidarity Visit the picket lines at Heathrow and Gatwick. Ring 020 7819 1175 to get in touch with Socialist Worker supporters traveling down togetherIf your workplace or union is in dispute as well, seek to coordinate action with the BA str
Chancellor Alistair Darling crossed a picket line on his way to work this morning. And hundreds of civil service workers assembled outside parliament to protest as he delivered his budget speech.
In a fantastic victory today, charges of violent disorder were dropped against 24 year old Gaza protester Jake Smith.
New Labour chancellor Alistair Darling’s budget was dull. The reality for working people is more of the same. But while the repetition of all that has gone before—tax cuts for the rich and attacks on the poor—may be familiar, it is still deeply unpleasant.
Gaza protester Layla Lahouidek walked free from prison today after a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice. She has also had her sentence dramatically reduced.
The enthusiasm on the BA picket lines was as strong as ever on Saturday morning.
Footage from throughout the day showing how police confronted Unite Against Fascism's demonstration against the racist English Defence League in Bolton
Protests have broken out in the West Bank in the last few weeks, which have seen thousands of Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers and "security" police in the cities of Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus, and East Jerusalem.
European Union leaders all agree that deep cuts are needed—but they are sharply divided over how to slash Greek workers’ living standards.
I travelled to Palestine over the weekend. At Tel Aviv airport I was one of thousands of happy tourists arriving for Easter. Like them, I was waived through customs without much hassle – an easy entry into the country.
What did Keir Hardie represent within the early Labour Party?
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The police piled into demonstrators from points around the square. Two police vans and a car were driven into the crowd at speed without warning.
A very important case for every trade unionist and activist is taking place in an unremarkable Newcastle office building.
In many ways it’s surprising that there has not already been a BBC drama called Blood and Oil. There’s hardly a lack of source material.
Ian McEwan’s new novel, Solar, is supposed to be a "comic novel about climate change".
Wealth is an interesting production that combines elements of theatre and contemporary dance to explore themes of oppression and resistance.
This interactive installation, on tour from the London Science Museum, encourages debate on the global food crisis and genetically modified (GM) crops.
An exhibition of pieces by sculptor Henry Moore at the Tate Britain looks set to make a big impact.
KeIr Hardie was one of the key architects of the Labour Party, as Bob Holman’s book makes clear.
Barack Obama’s health bill is the biggest welfare reform in the US since the 1960s. Another 32 million people will have health insurance.
The English Defence League (EDL) hoped that last Saturday in Bolton they could repeat their racist rampage in Stoke and the strutting arrogance of their march to parliament.
"We felt that the police handled the protest exceptionally well. We were happy with the conduct of the officers and whoever was in charge needs to be commended."English Defence League north west organiser on the policing of last week’s protest in Bolton