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The Tories are coming for every single one of us.
A jury cleared a G20 demonstrator of violent disorder on Friday of last week. The right wing media had painted Harvie Brown as the "ringleader" of anti-police violence.
After a five-year campaign, justice secretary Kenneth Clarke last week announced a judicial inquiry into the police killing of Azelle Rodney, an unarmed 24-year old black Londoner in 2005. But there is concern that at least part of the proceedings will be in secret.
The Swedish Port Workers Union (Svenska Hamnarbetarförbundet) is to blockade all Israeli ships and cargo following its massacre of peace activists on a humanitarian mission to Gaza.
The Tory press leapt to the defence of BP last week after US president Barack Obama denounced the firm’s handling of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
BP plans to dig a relief well 18,000 feet below the surface and then drill sideways into the blown-out well and plug it with cement.
Fears of an insurgent attack meant that David Cameron had to call off a planned appearance at a military base on his first trip to Afghanistan last week.
Many ordinary people have bedecked their houses, cars and bodies in the flag of St George to show their support for England in the World Cup.
Lecturers at Westminster College were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in protest at compulsory redundancies.
The philosophy department at Middlesex university is moving to Kingston university in response to Middlesex bosses’ attempts to shut it down.
Teachers at St Aloysius school in Islington, north London, have voted overwhelmingly to strike.
One of London’s biggest bus companies is up for sale, raising fears for thousands of bus workers’ jobs, pay and working conditions.
Cabin crew at British Airways ended their latest five-day strike on Wednesday of last week.
BT workers were starting an industrial action ballot this week and are on the verge of their first national strike for 23 years.
Maintenance workers at the Tube Lines company on London Underground plan to strike for 48 hours from Wednesday of next week over jobs, pay and working conditions.
Two survivors of the Mavi Marmara aid ship to Gaza led a demonstration of over 500 in Manchester last Sunday.
Journalists at the left wing daily newspaper the Morning Star were set to strike this Sunday over pay.
Corus steel worker Thomas Standerline was crushed and killed by an overhead crane, the Unite union has revealed.
Workers were set to protest outside an Aberdeen council meeting this week over delays to pay rises owed to over 6,500 workers.
Derby council workers left their cars at home last week to show the impact that not using their own cars for work would have.
Strikes by workers at Culture and Sport Glasgow (CSG) will hit a major swimming event in the city this weekend.
Bosses at the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and the People have announced over 200 job losses.
Judgement is expected soon in the PCS union’s legal challenge against the government. It is about changes to civil service workers’ redundancy scheme.
Some 400 people packed into Stratford town hall in east London last week for the first Labour-organised leaderships hustings—the youth hustings.
Scotland’s largest teachers’ union, the EIS, voted to ballot its members for strikes at its conference last week.
There was an extremely militant mood at this year’s Pensioners’ Parliament, held in Blackpool and organised by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC).
The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) held its annual conference this week.
The fight against cuts hung in the background to all the debates at the Unison union local government conference this week.
Resistance to attacks on our jobs and services has begun.
Socialist Worker’s pre‑election pull out has proved a big hit. It puts forward alternative ways of raising money other than cutting jobs and services.
The Saville report released on Tuesday stripped away key lies that the British establishment had told for 38 years about the murder of 14 civilians in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1972.
Eamonn McCann on the Saville Report Eamonn McCann, who was present at Bloody Sunday and wrote Socialist Worker’s front page after the massacre, said on Tuesday:
Bloody Sunday was a British atrocity, and the biggest single killing by state forces in the course of the conflict in Northern Ireland.
The Tories’ attacks have already begun—and they are taking aim at the most vulnerable people in society.
The Bloody Sunday operation was devised at a very high level to stage an unprecedented confrontation.
The emergency budget on Tuesdsay of next week will be a blueprint for misery for working class people in Britain.
David cameron is under huge pressure to make concessions over capital gains tax (CGT) . And there is every sign he will give in to the demands from the wealthy.
The Tories’ new "review" of health and safety legislation threatens to put workers’ lives at risk.
Global wealth became even more concentrated at the top of society last year.
Unemployment could soar to close to three million by 2012, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Lord Widgery was given the brief for the first cover up of the massacre in 1972.
Former head of the British Army, Sir Michael Jackson, was second in command in Derry on Bloody Sunday.
Thousands of people will march against racism and fascism this Sunday in east London.
Activists in Brent and Harrow in north west London have sprung into action after hearing that the English Defence League (EDL) is planning to come to their borough.
Fifteen members of the racist English Defence League (EDL) were forced to leave central Birmingham after attacking a Palestine Solidarity Campaign peace vigil last Saturday.
Dave Prentis, Unison’s general secretary, told the union’s national conference that the new government has no mandate for cuts. He said, "If this government picks a fight we will be fierce defenders of our members and the services they deliver. We will organise public meetings and street demonstrations."
College lecturers in the UCU union are holding protests across Britain on Monday 21 June because education is under attack.
Security guards and stewards fired from World Cup stadium jobs
Around 350 young Asian residents came together in Altab Ali Park, east London, tonight to discuss Sunday’s unity demonstration against the racist English Defence League (EDL).
The ConDem government’s desire to extend Labour’s Academy school scheme to cover all existing primary, secondary and special schools comes with a twist.
Some 5,000 people protested in Tower Hamlets east London today, Sunday, against racism and fascism.
A sleeping giant is stirring in China—the working class. High-profile strikes have spread through China’s Honda car plants over the past few weeks.
Results of the Dutch election reveal a fragmented political landscape—and a victory for the right.
Spain’s two main trade union federations were set to call a general strike as Socialist Worker went to press.
Israel’s attack on the Gaza aid flotilla – an atrocity which saw nine unarmed aid workers killed – occurred during the lecturers’ UCU annual conference.
We live, we are constantly told, in a liberal pluralist society. Unlike the totalitarian states of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, information and ideas aren’t monolithically controlled from above in these societies.
It is a disgrace that left wing MP John McDonnell was kept off the ballot paper for the election of Labour Party leader.
‘What this has demonstrated is the disconnection of the parliamentary Labour Party—not just with the Labour and trade union movement—but with the wider working class community.
Thousands of people will march through the East End of London this weekend against racism and fascism. The racist English Defence League have been trying to terrorise the Muslim community across Britain, but united marches against them have shown that they are in the minority.
Tom Brook correctly answered that the US is one of the countries which denied Leon Trotsky access. His "We are all the children of migrants" T‑shirt is on its way.
Britain’s Yemenis comprise the country’s oldest established Muslim community.
Jez Lewis returns to his hometown of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, to film the tragic underbelly of a town considered a bohemian idyll.
The Tricycle has a well earned reputation for presenting culturally diverse work and responding to contemporary issues. Women, Power and Politics is no exception.
Set in 1953 Iran, against the tumultuous backdrop of a CIA-backed coup, this film traces the stories of four women struggling to cope with their place in society in Tehran.
Labour MPs, bullied and intimidated by the bureaucracy, have succeeded in keeping John McDonnell off the ballot paper for the Labour leadership contest.
Bloody Sunday exposes the brutality at the heart of the British state. And if also shows that if anything critical of the state emerges, our rulers will try to convince us that it was an aberration.
In memory of our comrade Maryanne who has sadly died.
Bhopal – bosses have got away with murder The conviction this month of seven former employees of Union Carbide is no victory for the hundreds of thousands of people who were affected by the 1984 disaster at the company’s plant in the city of Bhopal, India.
‘Sir—Our neighbours have the lamentable habit of feeding foxes. When they are away, their vulpine dependants wait at our back door expecting to be given lunch. We think they are socialists.’ A letter to the Daily Telegraph