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Dated: 17 Jul 2010




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Gove's class war - Sack him and save our schools

Gove’s scrapping of more than 700 school rebuilding projects across England, and the fiasco that followed, show two things.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Are we heading for a double-dip recession?

"The economy is still in the gravitational pull of the Great Recession. All the booster rockets for getting us beyond it are failing."

Corus unions reject pay offer

Steel workers’ unions at Corus have blasted the company’s latest pay offer as "unacceptable".

Housing strike ballot in Cumbria

Repairs and maintenance workers at Cumbria’s Home Group housing association have begun an industrial action ballot over a pay freeze.

Award for Blacklist campaign

The Blacklist Support Group won the Hazards Campaign Alan Award 2010 last week.

No pay rise at Astrum? No tanks

Around 200 workers struck at the Astrum plant in Stanhope, County Durham, on Thursday of last week over the lack of a pay rise.

Back Jerry Hicks for Unite leader

The nominating period for the general secretary election in Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has begun.

Cleaners win London Living Wage

Cleaners on the London Underground celebrated last week after it was confirmed that they will all be paid the London Living Wage of £7.85.

Unpaid wages denied to Jarvis workers

Rail workers at the collapsed Jarvis maintenance company have been told they will not receive a penny of the unpaid wages they are owed.

March for Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Hundreds marched through the streets of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire to defend their local hospital last Saturday.

Council workers step up resistance

Southampton Library staff in Southampton are to strike for two days over plans to use volunteers to replace librarians.

BA cabin crew vote on poor new offer

Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) are voting on a new offer from management.

Bus round-up

Abdul Omer Abdul Omer, the sacked Unite union convenor at Sovereign buses, has lost an appeal against his dismissal.

Messier Dowty Aerospace workers confront job cuts

Workers at aerospace firm Messier Dowty in Gloucestershire held a series of unofficial lunchtime protests last week over a threat of 77 job cuts. The protests were set to continue every day this week.

Union leaders made wrong call about BT dispute

CWU union leaders announced last week that they were recommending a new and improved pay deal to end the pay dispute at BT.

Striking back against attacks on education

Cadbury College Teachers at Cadbury College in Birmingham struck on Wednesday and Thursday of last week in a continuing dispute over restructuring.

Improved pay offer accepted at Delphi

Workers at Delphi Diesel Systems in Sudbury, Suffolk, accepted an improved pay offer after threatening strike action this week.

Start the fight to save jobs at Linamar

Over 200 workers at the Linamar car components plant in Swansea are facing the dole. Bosses announced closure plans last week.

Tory schools cut could spark revolt

Tory education secretary Michael Gove is causing chaos in our schools.

Sandwell schools: "You can't get much more frontline".

After initially announcing that nine planned projects in Sandwell in the West Midlands would go ahead, Tory education secretary Michael Gove then said they were all cancelled.

Pensions: Tories and bosses want to rob our retirement

Over five million private sector workers face big cuts in their pensions because the government has changed the way that increases are calculated.

Health workers take government to court over pensions attack

Health workers in Oxfordshire are threatening to take the government to court over the shift from RPI to CPI uprating.

Court rules in favour of Babar Ahmad

The European Court of Human Rights ruled last week that, after six years in prison without charge, Babar Ahmad should not be extradited to the US. Judges ruled that his extradition should be temporarily frozen due to deep concerns regarding possible "cruel and unusual punishment".

Inquiry will continue torture cover-up

The government has announced an inquiry into the British security services and torture. It is too little too late.

BBC workers vote for strike ballot over pensions

Workers at the BBC have responded to bosses’ plans to cut their pensions by packing into union meetings and voting for strikes.

Cops can’t stop and search without a reason

Police are to be stripped of the power to stop and search people for no reason after a European Court judgement.

Lecturers must fight attacks on their pensions

University lecturers face savage attacks on their pensions – and their UCU union says industrial action is "inevitable".

Tube lines strike wins

Powerful action by maintenance workers on London Underground has forced management to back off from big attacks on jobs, pay and working conditions.

50,000 rally at Durham Miners' Gala

Over 50,000 people attended the 126th Durham Miners Gala last Saturday.

NHS Lothian to slash 700 jobs

NHS Lothian, which includes Edinburgh, is planning £31 million in cuts.

Cuts threat to fire stations

Up to four fire stations in Warwickshire could close as council cuts bite—putting one in six firefighters’ jobs in the county at risk.

Brum bosses to bash bonuses

Birmingham city council wants to scrap allowances paid to staff that work weekends or evenings.

Protest against the racist EDL in Dudley this Saturday

Anti-fascists are organising a protest against the English Defence League (EDL) in Dudley this Saturday.

Bolton anti-fascists launch their defence

The campaign to defend

Pensions: How much will yours be cut by?

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Cuts fight demands a coalition of resistance

This is the week that the Tory cuts really started to bite.

We'll be there on 3 October demonstration

Last week a 250-strong Unison union meeting in Lambeth met to discuss a swathe of local attacks.

Tory health "reforms" are attempt to privatise the NHS

Government plans to hand over control of most NHS spending to family doctors would unleash the biggest wave of privatisation ever seen in the health service.

SW's anti-cuts poster is a hit

Socialist Worker’s anti&#8209;cuts pull-out poster is going down a storm.

Another lying attack on public sector pensions

The latest report from the Public Sector Pensions Commissions released last week is neither independent nor factually accurate.

Slick accounting gets BP a tax break

BP, the British-based oil company responsible for the enormous oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is to pay much less tax because it can offset the costs of cleaning up the damage it has caused.

Police admit they beat Gaza protesters

The Metropolitan Police is to pay £25,000 in compensation to two protesters who were beaten by police during a demonstration in London.

Anti-war soldier Joe Glenton is released from military prison

Joe Glenton, the British soldier who refused to fight in Afghanistan, was released from military prison on Monday after serving four months for going absent without leave (Awol).

Angry protest against homophobia at the Express

Schoolchildren join march on parliament against education cuts

Hundreds of children, parents and teachers descended on parliament today to protest at Michael Gove’s slashing of more than 700 school rebuilding projects.

Tory PM Cameron declines invite to speak at TUC

Top union sources have told Socialist Worker that Tory leader David Cameron has declined an invitation to speak at the Trades Union Congress annual conference.


International

Anger in Oakland as shooting cop declared ‘not guilty’ of murder

Police officer Johannes Mehserle shot 22-year-old African&#8209;American Oscar Grant in the back at 2am on New Year’s Day 2009.

No ‘summer lull’ in Greek strike wave

Greece’s sixth one-day general strike this year stopped the country on Thursday of last week.

Voters reject government neoliberalism in Japan’s Upper house elections

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DJP), whose election last year ended a 50 year dominance by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), lost control of the upper house of Parliament in last Sunday’s election. The DJP lost because it had gone back on promises to remove US military bases and create a fairer society.


Comment

Cut our rents, not housing benefit

Millions of people who rent their homes from councils, housing associations or private landlords depend on housing benefit or Local Housing Allowance (LHA) to keep a roof over their heads. Now the government plans to attack these benefits.

Open Letter: Hands Off Tenants – Withdraw Housing Benefit proposals

Cuts in housing benefit set out in the Budget will make the poorest pay for the housing crisis. Unaffordable housing costs are the problem not the level of housing benefit. We calls on the Coalition Government to withdraw these proposals and increase the supply of council and other secure affordable rented homes.


Features

On the road to defeat in Afghanistan

Britain’s role in the Afghan war is in crisis. Commanders are planning to pull troops out of Sangin in Helmand province.

Pakistan: ‘Ordinary people in the cities have not been drawn into sectarian violence’

The Attempt by US generals in Afghanistan to negotiate some sort of power-sharing arrangement with the Taliban is leading various ethnic groups to jockey for position in a new government – creating an atmosphere of tension and bitter rivalry.

Defiance and victories in the 1970s

In the early 1970s a Tory government tried to unleash war on the working class. But workers organised a revolt so powerful that it brought down the government.

Manipulating the human mind?

Brain science—neuroscience—is big business, big science and big research. Neuroscientists are offering to explain, mend and manipulate the mind. Many see no problems with this.

The case of drugging kids

A strange case is the disorder called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


Reviews

Summer novels

The People’s Train by Thomas Keneally£7.99

White Material: disinterested view of civil war

This new film is set in an unnamed French-speaking African country in the midst of a civil war.

Museum of London: not just a walk down memory lane

The Museum of London is home to a beautifully curated history of the civilisation that grew up around the River Thames.


What We Think

Tolpuddle is more than a history lesson

Thousands of people will gather in Tolpuddle, Dorset, this weekend to remember events over 175 years ago. But this is much more than a reminder of faded history.

Sectarianism hasn’t gone away in Northern Ireland

Police fired 70 baton rounds and used water cannon this week in Northern Ireland against people protesting at sectarian marches by the Orange Order.


Other Categories

Leon Kuhn: Don't open the door

Tim's view

Tim: Making room for bankers

Letters

We’ve got a real answer for Cameron and Clegg The so-called "Spending Challenge" letter sent to every public sector worker from David Cameron and Nick Clegg is an attempt to get us to point at each other and say who should be sacked.

Quotes from the week's news

‘Futile, finished, fucked.’ Douglas Alexander, Peter Mandelson and Alistair Darling’s view of Labour late last year ‘If you miss, I expect it to be like missing the winning goal in the World Cup.’ The man in charge of drilling BP’s relief well, John Wright, somewhat underestimates the scale of the oil disaster ‘Any sign of weakness will bring the uncommitted out in support of their unions. A divided government would rapidly become a defeated government.’ Tory Norman Tebbit writes in the Times newspaper expressing ruling class fears about looming industrial unrest



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