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Striking workers are under attack. The Tories, the bosses, the Labour government and most of the media have ganged up to condemn anyone who dares to fight back.
Around 500 British Airways cabin crew gathered at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) building in central London on Tuesday evening, to mark the end of their four-day strike.
The media has largely ignored evidence of British military torture used in Iraq, despite 47 claims of abuse against the government going before the courts.
The Labour government lied about the deaths of Iraqis held by British troops.
The police keep attacking demonstrations. The targets include the recent anti-fascist mobilisation in Bolton, last year’s protests against Israel’s war in Gaza and the demonstrations against the G20 in London.
Around 170 anti-fascists leafleted and knocked on doors in Barking, east London, last weekend as part of a National Union of Teachers (NUT) day of action.
A councillor’s racist outburst last week showed the reality of what Nazis grabbing control of Barking & Dagenham council would mean.
Speakers from Unite Against Fascism (UAF) have been touring union branches in the aftermath of the English Defence League (EDL) protest in Bolton last month.
Love Music Hate Racism has announced a carnival weekend on 1–2 May.
The second round of strike action by cabin crew at British Airways (BA), which ended on Tuesday, hit hard.
BA cabin crew can beat Willie Walsh, but what happens next is critical.
12 March: Len McCluskey Unite official announces our strike dates. I check my diary—I’m rostered to work over both series of dates.
A letter to the Guardian newspaper supporting the BA strikers from a group of over 100 academics hit the headlines last week.
Do a collection—you can download a petition and collection sheet from <a href="http://www.righttowork.org.uk">» www.righttowork.org.uk</a> Get your union branch, region and national executive to a pass a motion of support for cabin crew and encourage them to collect money, visit the picket lines and push for full solidarity Send messages of support to <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>
Lecturers at King’s College London took part in the university’s first ever strike this Tuesday. They are fighting management plans to slash over 200 jobs.
Hundreds of workers and students protested outside a board of governors meeting at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday of last week.
The left made gains in elections to the national executive committee of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) last week.
The Right to Work campaign organised a highly successful tour of Britain by a Greek worker last week. It brought together trade unionists and campaigners to discuss resistance to the attacks on working people.
Lecturers at Nelson & Colne College in Lancashire struck on Monday as part of a long-running dispute with management over pay.
Delegates at the UCU union’s Scotland congress last week voted unanimously to prioritise industrial action in response to cuts in higher education.
A Unison union disciplinary has barred John McDermott, an activist in Yorkshire and Humberside, from holding union office for five years.
Around 50 students, staff and supporters of the UCL Living Wage Campaign demonstrated on the last day of term in support of Juan Carlos Piedra.
Unite union reps from London’s bus garages last week attended one of their most political conferences to date.
Serious objections to the proposed deal to end the dispute in Royal Mail have been heard at a series of briefings for CWU union reps.
A national strike by 200,000 government workers hit hard on budget day last Wednesday.
The judge at the employment tribunal into the sacking of Yunus Bakhsh last week posed tough questions for NHS managers about their handling of his case.
The first conference of CWU reps in workplaces where the union is not yet recognised epitomised the spirit of the new, young and combative activists in the movement.
Disabled workers employed by Remploy are facing major cuts in their terms and conditions and an increase in their hours of work.
Listeners, musicians and presenters gathered outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London last Saturday to oppose the planned closure of BBC digital radio station 6 Music.
Some 54 engineers in the Unite union at Manor Bakeries in Barnsley struck for two days last week over pay.
Around 100 people attended an anti-homophobia event in Barrow-in–Furness last week, organised by the local LGBT group.
More than 100 members of the three local government unions—the GMB, Unison, and Unite—protested over a pay freeze outside the central London headquarters of the Local Government Association (LGA) on Tuesday.
Police dropped violent disorder charges against protester Jake Smith on Wednesday of last week.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Dudley trades council have called a counter-protest against the planned English Defence League (EDL) march in Dudley this Saturday, 3 April.
The three prospective chancellors all agreed on the need for major cuts to public spending in their live TV debate on Monday.
Activists are mobilising to defend Unite Against Fascism (UAF) joint secretary Weyman Bennett and other demonstrators arrested during the anti-racist protest in Bolton last month.
A performance of the critically acclaimed play Moonfleece, which deals with the BNP, has been cancelled by Dudley’s Mill Theatre.
Bolton residents came together on Thursday of last week to express their anger at the police’s handling of the recent protest by the English Defence League (EDL).
Thousands of railway maintenance and signalling workers at Network Rail are poised to go on strike over job cuts and work schedules next week. If the strike goes ahead, it will severely effect Britain’s rail system.
Thousands of London Underground workers are to ballot for action over job cuts.
Rail privateer Jarvis has gone bust, putting more than 2,000 jobs at risk.
Police in Exeter have been playing cops and robbers—with themselves.
The family and supporters of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being hit by police a year ago, were to stage a vigil in his memory on Thursday this week.
The response to the bombing of the Moscow underground on Monday was predictable.
Three more "cab for hire" MPs have been caught on the take.
Ex-workers from the Ford‑Visteon car parts company were to march to parliament this week.
West London’s Hammersmith & Fulham has been named Council of the Year by the Local Government Chronicle.
The right wing media loves to say that public sector workers "pull sickies" every time they feel like a day off.
Saturday 3 AprilProtest against the racist English Defence League in DudleyCalled by Unite Against FascismGo to <a href="http://www.uaf.org.uk">» www.uaf.org.uk </a>Saturday 10 AprilDefending the welfare state and public services march and rally
Around 500 British Airways cabin crew marked the end of their four-day strike by gathering at the Trades Union Congress building in central London today.
Former Ford/Visteon workers marched to parliament today to highlight Ford’s continuing refusal to honour their pension agreements.
Trade unions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden are giving legal notice that they will take action in support of British Airways cabin crew. The five unions – Sweden’s SEKO and Swedish Transport Workers’ Union, Denmark’s 3F and Norway’s Parat and Norwegian Transport Workers’ Union – have acted in response to a call for lawful solidarity action made by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).
Cabin crew at British Airways want more strikes to finish off bullying boss Willie Walsh.
The High Court has granted Network Rail an injunction against next week’s planned strike by signalling workers in the RMT transport union. The four-day strike by thousands of maintenance workers in the RMT and TSSA unions against the slashing of 1,500 safety-critical jobs from Tuesday is still to go ahead, as far as union activists are aware.
Workers at a French car accessories plant north of Paris have threatened to blow up their factory unless they are given better redundancy pay-offs.
Details of chancellor Alistair Darling’s budget amount to a restatement of war on the working class.
It is sometimes said that politicians think in terms of weeks, statesmen in terms of decades and the pope in terms of centuries.
A high-profile court case in the United States, involving British-based oil multinational BP, has hardly been reported here. Yet it tells us so much about how giant companies and the law operate.
What is the historic relationship between the US and Israel?
Trade unionists, anti-war activists, students, pensioners and other activists have united to form the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).
Around 250 people packed into the launch rally for TUSC in central London last week.
Former Black Panther Robert King spoke to Ken Olende about his life in prison—the basis for a new film
This excellent documentary, narrated by Samuel L Jackson, reveals the injustice, racism and brutality at the heart of the US prison system.
David Edgar has vividly brought Julian Barnes’ semi-fictional novel to life in a new stage adaptation more than 100 years after it was written.
Dirty Oil goes deep behind the scenes into the strip-mined world of Alberta, Canada. Here the vast and toxic tar sands deposit supply the US with the majority of its oil.
The Red Stuff Shop has kindly donated an anti-fascist "No Pasaran" T-Shirt and mug for a readers’ competition.
The newspapers were quick to declare victory for the Liberal Democrats’ Vince Cable in last week’s "Ask the Chancellors" TV debate.
The recent media furore about the legal substance mephedrone—dubbed "meow meow" by the media—is another indication of the distance between government drugs policy and scientific fact.
Southampton SWP has been saddened by the death of Ann Fannin on 25 March after a six-month illness.
‘People listening to this can end up becoming awfully depressed I suppose.’