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The fascist British National Party (BNP) is threatening to make real gains at the general election.
There is a left wing alternative to the free market, pro-war policies of the main parties in the general election.
Unite union leaders held a special meeting in central London last week to rally their members behind Labour.
"We’ve got a solid vote here," one confident leafleter said to me. "So the main thing is reminding people that there’s an election and when it is."
Revolution is back in the news.In Thailand heavily armed cops are shown retreating under a hail of missiles being thrown by demonstrators.
THE US’S most notorious investment bank, Goldman Sachs, is being charged with fraud.
Some 20,000 people gathered for a "people’s conference on climate change" in Cochabamba, Bolivia, this week.
Socialist Worker is backing these left candidates in the service group executive elections of the Unison union.
The employment tribunal into the sacking of nurse and union activist Yunus Bakhsh recommenced this week.
Striking Scotrail workers lobbied the Scottish parliament on Thursday of last week.
The Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition in north London have called a day of action for next Thursday 29 April.
Campaigners came together at a meeting called by the Stop the War Coalition on Wednesday of last week to debate the what should be a central issue of the general election – the war in Afghanistan.
Whichever party finds itself in power after the election, it will try to force through massive cuts to jobs and public services.
Bristol Four groups of anti‑Nazi campaigners were out across Bristol last Saturday.
The National Union of Students (NUS) conference took place against a backdrop of the worst attacks on education for decades – but also resistance by students and workers.
When over 200 RMT activists marched out of Lille station in northern France on the morning of 13 April they were greeted by cheers from their French counterparts.
The Right to Work emergency conference after the election on 22 May looks set to be a key date for the movement.
Postal workers across Britain are standing up to the fascist British National Party (BNP) by refusing to deliver their general election leaflets.
Right to Work was to hold a seminar on the issue of the anti-union laws, in London on Thursday.
"Living alongside migrants makes people less attracted to the BNP," concludes a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Airline bosses are demanding that profits are put first during the Icelandic volcano crisis.
Simon Hart is chief executive of pro‑hunting Countryside Alliance—and Tory candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.
Headteachers have voted to boycott the hated Sats tests for 11 year olds, which 600,000 students are scheduled to take from 10 May.
Lecturers at 11 further education colleges across London are balloting for strike action. If there is a yes vote, they plan to strike together on Wednesday 5 May—the day before the general election.
A rail worker and union rep at the heart of a crucial battle for jobs is challenging New Labour at the ballot box.
Ballot papers for election to the PCS national executive went out last week.
A hundred members of the PCS civil service workers’ union voted unanimously for a strike ballot at lunchtime meetings in Chorlton, Manchester, on Friday of last week.
The PCS civil service workers’ union was continuing its campaign to defend the redundancy compensation payments scheme at a judicial review this week.
Hundreds of trade unionists in the NHS gathered in Brighton this week for the health conference of the Unison trade union.
More than 100 people attended a Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees public meeting last week to discuss the suicide of the Serykh family.
Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the Unite union, was briefing union reps at British Airways (BA) as Socialist Worker went to press.
Massive cuts to vital services have already started.
Manchester saw a tale of two cities on Thursday of last week.
The trial of Martin Askew, which began this Monday, is a crucial case in the campaign for justice for the Gaza protesters.
Over 300 people packed into a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) gig in Barking last Saturday.
The racist Welsh Defence League attempted to disrupt a Love Music Hate Racism gig organised by students at Swansea College of Art. The gig was due to be held at Mozarts in Swansea.
The BNP is headed by convicted Holocaust denier Nick Griffin. But a look at their other candidates shows he is not the party’s only unsavoury character.
Bob Bailey, leader of the British National Party on Barking & Dagenham council, gives his main home as an address in the borough.
Anti-fascist activists are battling the British National Party (BNP) in Stoke, where the Nazis hold seven council seats.
East Kent and Medway Unite Against Fascism activists leafleted outside the Gillingham versus Leeds football match at the Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham on Saturday.
The English Defence League (EDL) has taken to copying the tactics of Le Pen’s Front National (FN) in France.
In trouble in the polls? Seeing power slipping away? Attack people on benefits and the poor is the traditional Tory response. And here it is this afternoon.
Members of the UCU lecturers' union at the University of Westminster and University College London (UCL), have today voted in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike in their fights to save jobs.
The ban on flights out of UK airports has been lifted – but the dispute at British Airways (BA) remains grounded.
The National Union of Students yesterday announced the results of elections for its executive, which were held at its recent conference.
The performance in Barking of the anti-fascist play A Day at the Racists provoked a debate on why the BNP has won votes and how to stop it.
The world’s airlines claim they are trying to help those stranded by the disruption caused by the Icelandic volcano. The truth is they are trying to make profit rather than assist ordinary travellers. They are running half-empty flights, open only to those prepared to pay top fares, while people who had flights cancelled are left grounded.
A lively demo greeted the leaders TV election debate in Bristol.
ALMOST 100 mail workers staged an unofficial strike at Liverpool city centre’s main delivery office today.
A group of students has confirmed to Socialist Worker that a leading Tory MP has made remarks against gay equality.
Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s military backed government has rejected negotiations with the opposition Red Shirts.
If elections are the hallmark of a successful democracy, Britain isn’t doing too badly.
The Tories want us to join them in governing the country.
Britain is a land built by migrants. After all, there was no one inhabiting these islands 50,000 years ago, and for most of human history there were no international borders.
The Jobbik party grabbed 17 percent of the vote in the first round of the Hungarian general election, in a chilling warning to the rest of Europe. It came third with 842,306 votes – only just behind the ruling Socialist Party.
Phil Piratin won Stepney’s Mile End seat in east London for the Communist Party (CP) in 1945 with over 5,000 votes.
In 2001 the US and its allies cited the liberation of women as one of the justifications for the invasion in Afghanistan. However, almost a decade later the war rages on and the protection and promotion of women’s rights continue to be neglected. Historically war erodes the rights of women and girls and in a state which has a socio-cultural history of considering women to be subordinate to men, the war in Afghanistan has further exasperated the ill treatment of women. Sonali Kolhatkar co-director of the Afghan women’s mission stated that: "waging war does not lead to the liberation of women anywhere. Women always disproportionately suffer the effects of war, and to think that women’
In our contemporary world where the visual message trumps the written word, photos of those killed or wounded by US/NATO actions rarely are published. They generate too much discomfort. But reports by journalists like Lynsey Addario and Alex Linschoten show the reality of what has been happening
Congratulations to Wendy McLoughlin of Romsey who won first prize of a No Pasaran anti-fascist T-shirt in our competition. Barry Olson of Southampton won the second prize of a No Pasaran mug.
Come and enjoy all the fun of a village celebration – a cake stall, fun fete games and other stalls.
This exhibition of the work of German and Austrian internees on the Isle of Man marks the 70th year since the opening of internment camps on the island.
There are many military memoirs. This one is remarkable.
Todd Solondz’s new film, Life During Wartime, is a sequel of sorts to his controversial 1998 film Happiness, although with an entirely new cast.
Nobody can now be sure who will win the general election on 6 May. As this week started the three main parties were within a few percent of each other in the polls.
The televised leaders’ debate this week was scheduled to be on foreign policy.
"Don’t let the bastards grind you down." That’s what my dad you used to say to me when I got annoyed at the teacher or at the injustice of the world in general.
How left wing is the Greens’ manifesto? If you believe the pollsters and the bookies, the Green Party looks likely to win its first MP in the general election – Caroline Lucas in Brighton.
‘What I say to people on the doorstep is we will only cut your throat slowly, the others will cut your head off.’