Dated: 03 Jul 2010
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Not a day passes without the Tories coming up with new plans to batter workers and the poor.
The police are seven times more likely to stop and search you if you’re black than if you’re white, a government report revealed last week.
The budget is even worse than many analysts suggest! Landman Economics and the Fabian Society, have produced a model for the TUC and Unison over the last few months which shows how public spending affects different households and income groups.
A young man who had initially been accused of encouraging the murder of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair was jailed for five years last week.
Home secretary Theresa May has brought in an immediate cap on the number of workers able to enter Britain – and suggested that in future employers might have to get private health insurance for migrant workers.
The Tory-Lib Dem coalition has renewed New Labour’s policy of 28 days’ detention without charge for terror suspects. It shows its claim of being in favour of greater liberties is a sham.
"Tommy Robinson" – spokesperson for the English Defence League (EDL) and a founder member of the group – is a Nazi.
Two Nazis – Michael Heaton from Wigan, Greater Manchester, and Trevor Hannington, from Cardiff in South Wales – have been sentenced to a total of
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is lying in order to attack pensions.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show
Family and friends of Habib "Paps" Ullah are to hold a vigil on the second anniversary of his death in police custody in High Wycombe.
Workers at Pilkington Ceramic Tiles in Swinton, Salford, protested at their factory on Monday over job cuts. The company went into administration last week.
More than 500 workers at vehicle parts maker GKN Sankey in Telford, Shropshire, have called off a planned strike after winning concessions over pay.
Workers at Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry are to ballot for industrial action over the factory’s sale to new owners.
A council boss who pushed through a pay review that left thousands of workers worse off has resigned.
Unison union stewards at the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust last week voted unanimously to resist managment’s attacks.
NHS services across Shropshire are under attack.
Striking workers shut down a major exhibition in Glasgow last weekend.
Migrant workers in one of London’s wealthiest boroughs are organising to fight for better pay.
The solid strike last week by Tube Lines maintenance workers on London Underground rocked management.
Up to 500 London firefighters held a noisy vuvuzela trumpet protest outside a fire authority bosses’ meeting on Thursday of last week.
"Corporate greed is terrorism." That was the message that striking Vale Inco miners took to a 25,000-strong march against the G20 in Toronto, Canada, last Saturday.
The G8 and G20 summits in Toronto had to cover up splits between governments over economic policy.
British Airways is recruiting a new workforce so it can get rid of existing cabin crew.
The 48 hour strike by maintenance workers on the London Underground (LU) last week was fantastic. Staff working for Tube Lines carrying out maintenance work on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Northern lines were striking over jobs, working conditions, pay and parity with Metronet LU workers.
BP took Allen "Rookie" Kruse’s livelihood. In response he took his own life. His suicide last week is just one tragic example of the devastation that BP continues to cause.
Lecturers at Manchester College were set to strike on Wednesday of this week. They are battling bosses who want to rip up their terms and conditions and have already derecognised their UCU union.
Workers at Cadbury College, Birmingham, struck on Tuesday this week and on Thursday last week over restructuring plans. Workers in the NUT, ATL and NASUWT unions took united action.
The lecturers’ UCU union is set to hold national strike ballots of members over jobs and pay.
Teachers at Lister Community school, east London, began a three-day strike this week. They also struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week over plans to sack three teachers and increase the workload.
The left within the NUT union met at a Campaign Teacher conference last Saturday.
Refuse workers in Sandwell, West Midlands, have begun an unofficial work-to-rule. They are set to lose up to £8,000 a year under a "single status" pay deal.
Around 250 trade unionists and other activists met for the annual conference of the National Shop Stewards Network on Saturday.
Workers at Maple Leaf bakery in Walsall were to announce the result of their ballot as Socialist Worker went to press.
IT giant Fujitsu has sent more than 50 top bosses on an all-expenses paid holiday to Bermuda—while the firm’s 14,000 workers face a pay freeze.
The cuts planned by the Tories will cause up to 38,000 extra deaths in Britain over the next ten years due to their impact on poor people’s health and stress levels.
Sick and disabled people face a new round of punitive testing and assessment—and many will be forced to look for work that is not suitable for them.
The Anti Academies Alliance held a 250-strong meeting in London Last week.
Doctors’ leaders warned this week that the NHS is facing a wave of cuts—even before the government starts slashing its budget.
The rich aren’t suffering from the ongoing economic crisis—instead they continue to get richer.
There is growing anger at the Tories’ decision to scrap the extension of free school meals to 500,000 children from the poorest families.
The Tories want the unemployed to give up their council homes and move in search of work.
The economic crisis is plunging workers into terrible poverty, stress and despair.
Human Rights Watch published a report this week that says Britain has "pursued a series of counter-terrorism policies that undermine the absolute prohibition on torture".
"Manchester College hear us say – our union is here to stay!" That was the chant taken up by college teachers on their march round Manchester city centre today.
Over 1,100 people crammed into Friends House in central London for a packed opening rally of the Marxism 2010 festival tonight, Thursday.
The Australian Labour prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has been ousted from office after a storm of opposition from powerful mining bosses to a planned tax on their profits.
A general strike brought Greece to a halt on Tuesday.
For the last few weeks Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, and its outskirts have witnessed a rebellion by 100,000 garment workers.
Japan’s Prime Minister has announced plans to make the poorest in society pay for a debt which currently amounts to almost 230 percent of their GDP, the highest of any industrialised country.
An article written in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper last weekend pushed the idea that ethnicity and crime are linked.
In April 1951 US president Harry Truman sacked general of the army Douglas MacArthur, commander of the United Nations (UN) forces in Korea.
The Red in the Rainbow, Hannah Dee’s new book on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) struggle, comes at an important time.
Adil has faced state racism in Britain from an early age. "The police harassment started when I was a kid.", he said. "In 1996 me and my brother went to martial arts classes at an Islamic Centre.
Some argue that attacks on workers’ rights and trade unions mean that workers are less able to fight—let alone make a revolution. Others cite the relative low level of strikes as proof that class struggle is dead.
Congratulations to Siobhan Brown, the lucky winner of our competition!
Alys explores political conflict using film, postcards, painting and drawing.
Fronted by South African vocalist Trenton Birch, this collective of musicians from different African nations blend hip-hop, electro and global influences to create good time music perfect for summer. They also put out a political message of unity.
The comedian Chris Rock journeys through the US talking to African American women about their striving for "good hair". Hair is a multi-billion dollar business – from hugely expensive real hair weaves to the chemical straightener many black women use.
This new documentary tells the inspiring but sad tale of the 1984–5 Miners’ Strike.
For generations, millions of Americans looked upon Detroit as the epitome of the capitalist American Dream.
In a remarkable outburst of appeasement, the TUC general council has invited Tory prime minister David Cameron to address its congress in September.
The new era of globalised production was meant to avoid two things—economic crises and workers’ resistance.
In his own words, Colin Gill was an "experienced time traveller and rebel".
Lib Dems betrayed us Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Sheffield city centre on Tuesday of last week to protest at the Con-Dem government’s emergency budget and its attacks on working class people.
‘A commentator in El Pais, a Spanish paper, claims that England’s loss to Germany reflects Thatcherism’s demoralising effects on the English proletariat.’