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The battle over cuts in vital services, jobs and pay begins as soon as the dust clears after the election.
Fighting back can halt the cuts.
Lecturers in 11 colleges and three universities were set to strike on Wednesday of this week—and those at other institutions are preparing to join the battle to save jobs and education.
Millions of people will vote Conservative in this week’s general election.
The latest battle against cuts in higher education kicked off last week when management at Middlesex University in north London announced plans to shut down the university's philosophy department.
Over 500 journalists, across 22 centres, have voted for strikes over job losses and worsening conditions.
Thousands of trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners joined May Day rallies and demonstrations across the country last Saturday.
Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) are balloting on a new offer from boss Willie Walsh. They should throw it out.
Support is growing for sacked bus worker and union convenor Abdul Omer Mohsin.
Dale Burkeen operated a crane to lower his workmates to safety from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April.
Today's one day strikes at ten colleges and three universities against education cuts are very solid.
Council Workers in supported living services in Wigan, Lancashire, are preparing for industrial action.
Around 300 people marched against a planned biofuel power generation plant in Weymouth, Dorset, on Saturday of last week.
Blowouts and oil spills from offshore oil rigs, including those in the Gulf of Mexico, are all too common.
The PCS civil service workers’ union was still awaiting the result of its judicial review into the government’s attacks on redundancy payments.
RMT union members at the Tube Lines company on London Underground began balloting for strike action over jobs last week.
RMT transport union members at Eurostar trains have voted by more than nine to one for industrial action.
Headteachers in primary schools across Britain have begun a boycott of the hated Sats tests.
We have been warned what awaits us after the election.
Sacked nurse and union activist Yunus Bakhsh’s employment tribunal has completed its hearings and the panel is now considering a verdict. A decision is expected in about three weeks.
Postal workers have accepted a deal to end their long running dispute with Royal Mail.
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) activists used every last minute to campaign for this week’s general election.
Workers in Glasgow who face pay cuts of up to £1,500 a year shut down leisure facilities across the city on Friday of last week.
Anti-racists and local Asian people humiliated supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) as they ran them out of Dudley on Monday.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) activists across the country were campaigning right up until polling stations closed on Thursday night to stop the fascist British National Party (BNP) from making a breakthrough.
Watch the BBC video of Right to Work campaigners protesting against a visit by Tory leader David Cameron to East Renfrewshire this morning.
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"You say you have no money, you say that times are tough.
British Airways has escalated its war against cabin crew.
The Unite union has announced fresh strike dates for cabin crew at British Airways.
Hundreds of construction workers from the Olympic site joined a Workers' Memorial Day lunchtime rally in Stratford, east London today. It was one of a series of protests around the country.
Statement on the European crisis The global economic crisis continues. Massive amounts of money have been injected into the financial system – $14 trillion in bailouts in the United States, Britain, and the eurozone, $1.4 trillion new bank loans in China last year – in an effort to restabilize the world economy. But it remains an open question whether or not these efforts will be enough to produce a sustainable recovery. Growth remains very sluggish in the advanced economies, while unemployment continues to rise. There are fears that a new financial bubble centred this time on China is developing. The protracted character of the crisis – which is the most severe since the
Gordon Brown took Labour’s campaign to the streets of south London on Sunday – but prominent local Labour supporters refused to be seen with him.
Karen Reissmann, a local nurse who is standing against Labour MP Gerald Kauffman, said, "People in Gorton are looking for change. There is a deep sense of betrayal at Labour's failure to represent ordinary people. It cuts through every conversation, even with Labour loyalists."
TUSC’s Glasgow North candidate Angela McCormick spoke to Socialist Worker about the last few days in her campaign.
"We’re here to say—as long as we’ve got an ounce of blood in our veins, we won’t stop fighting racism."
British National Party leader Nick Griffin claims that the party is not racist or fascist. He is a liar.
The struggle for democracy and social justice in Thailand came to a crucial turning point this week.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched across the US on May Day against attacks on immigrants and a new legal assault in Arizona.
Workers and campaigners protested in Cairo last Sunday demanding a rise in the minimum wage.
Greece is aflame with strikes and mass struggle. All public sector workers struck on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Private sector workers joined them on Wednesday creating another general strike – the fourth this year.
The Greek economy is caught in the vice of the capitalist system.
Europe’s press and politicians have attempted to portray ordinary Greeks as lazy and ill deserving of being bailed out.
A Marfin bank worker has issued this statement following the death of three colleagues in a fire on Wednesday at the bank in Athens
Wednesday’s general strike against austerity in Greece shut the country down and saw huge protests in every town and city. Panos Garganas, the editor of the Workers Solidarity newspaper in Greece, told Socialist Worker how the attempt to use the tragic deaths of three bank workers in a fire in Athens to quieten the movement has not succeeded
Last week, forty years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, some 4,500 women workers won a case at an employment tribunal against Birmingham council.
This general election has been the one most dominated by immigration since 1979. Consider the two most important incidents of the past week.
At the same time as Gordon Brown’s microphone slip created a media whirlwind, 300 sacked workers were protesting at the Network Rail company.
In 1969 Bernadette Devlin made history when she became the youngest woman to be elected to parliament. She was 21.
Results for TUSC and other socialist candidates in the general election held on 6 May 2010
While we are watching the election results, there’s a stark reminder of the fragility of the economic "recovery". US shares have plummeted amid fears that the turmoil in Greece could spread to other parts of Europe.
After the general election no party has a mandate to impose cuts. And none of the major parties has been truthful about the scale of cuts they want to impose. Indeed it’s not clear they have a mandate to do anything.
Anti-fascists are celebrating the humiliation of the British National Party (BNP) at the hands of voters in Barking, east London.
Barking and Stoke weren’t the only areas where the BNP were driven back. In most seats the BNP failed to achieve the gains they expected. And although the council results were still to be counted as this leaflet was produced, their votes looked likely to reflect their failure to make a breakthrough at the general election.
More than 1,000 people voted for Jenny Sutton, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in Tottenham, north London.
Maxine Bowler stood for TUSC in the Brightside and Burngreave constituency in Sheffield. She won 1.7 percent of the vote.
Eamonn McCann, a veteran anti‑imperialist campaigner and socialist, got a fantastic 7.7 percent vote in Foyle, Northern Ireland. He stood as part of the People Before Profit coalition taking nearly 3,000 votes.
An overview of TUSC’s campaign In some areas, TUSC activists tapped into the anger with mainstream politicians and ran good campaigns.
turmoil was growing on the stock markets as a hung parliament became the most likely outcome of the general election in Britain.
Whichever party leader squeezes into Downing Street, they will attack workers’ living standards.
In a tremendous victory for anti-fascists, the BNP has lost every single seat it held on Barking council in east London. This comes on top of the shattering defeat for BNP leader Nick Griffin in the parliamentary seat.
Britain’s mainstream politicians have spent the election campaign talking about the need to preserve our "fragile economic recovery" – with cuts. Politicians regularly tell us that this "recovery" has begun.
South African singer Letta Mbulu, was born and raised in Soweto and travelled to the US in the mid 1960s as an exile from the apartheid regime.
Sly and the Family Stone pioneered funk in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Swansea-based theatre group Antic Corporation’s latest work is the poignant true story of Josef Herman.
A new production of the 1960s anti-war musical Hair has come to London after taking New York’s Broadway by storm.
It’s election night in 1979 and in an east London police station DS Karn and DC Wilby are eagerly awaiting the "new dawn" that will accompany Margaret Thatcher’s victory.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico shows how multinational corporations are threatening the environment and the lives of working class people.
The general election campaign has been a fraud. The major contenders – all three of them – failed to talk honestly about the cuts, engage with the horror in Afghanistan, or admit how hard life is for the majority of people.
‘She wanted me to know all my thinking was wrong and the so-called demons inside me were wrong. The session ended with her praying over me, calling out the demons. She believed homosexuality, transsexualism and addiction could be fixed by prayer.’Abi, a teenage girl who thought she was transsexual, on her "treatment" by Philippa Stroud, a Tory candidate and head of the think-tank the Centre for Social Justice