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Jackson is 12 years old. He is in a wheelchair and goes to a special needs school.
The true cost of the recession for workers’ living standards is being hidden by an explosion of part-time work.
Top union sources have told Socialist Worker that Tory leader David Cameron has declined an invitation to speak at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) annual conference.
The Tories have put Sir Peter Gibson in charge of a torture inquiry, meaning that the man who oversees the activities of the security services will be investigating them.
The inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa heard this week that Colonel Mendonca, commander of 1st Battalion the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, lied about the conditions of prisoners in Iraq.
The bombing that killed at least 43 people in Radwaniya near Baghdad last week as they queued for their wages shows that instability still rocks Iraq.
Seven jailed protesters won appeals against their sentences in the Court of Appeal last week.
BP announced it had succeeded in plugging the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico last week.
US barrister Lynne Stewart has been given ten years in prison after passing on a message from a client, a terror suspect, to his supporters.
Cabin crew at British Airways have voted by more than two to one to reject a shoddy offer from bullying boss Willie Walsh.
The attacks on education are coming thick and fast under the new Tory government.
The five main unions at the BBC met and agreed to call a strike ballot over pensions on Monday of this week.
Hope for all those fighting against the cuts comes from Blackburn in Lancashire. Tuesday evening witnessed a significant milestone in the fight against a programme of swingeing cuts in local public facilities.
A major rally takes place on Monday in London calling for the troops to get out of Afghanistan
After a four-year battle for justice, sacked and victimised nurse Yunus Bakhsh has won a landmark victory at an employment tribunal.
The Tories’ assault on jobs and public services has changed the political situation. Anti-cuts groups are appearing everywhere, many of them involving or being led by Labour Party members, councillors and MPs.
Up to 2,000 workers at Glasgow Life (previously Glasgow Culture and Sport) struck again this Monday in the latest phase of their battle over pay and conditions.
The year-long firefighters’ dispute in Essex has ended – but with a bad deal.
London firefighters are seething after their boss threatened to sack them all – on his blog.
The PCS civil service workers’ union is to launch a campaign in defence of jobs, pay and public services.
Up to 10,000 people came together for the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs’ festival in Dorset last weekend.
Lecturers who work in prisons have voted for industrial action in protest at attacks on their pay and conditions.
The NUT teachers’ union unanimously passed a motion to fight public spending cuts at its national executive meeting on Thursday of last week.
Teachers at St Aloysius school in Islington escalated their fight for a school fit to teach and learn in with a two-day strike on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
The fascist British National Party (BNP) branch in Barking, east London, is in crisis.
The English Defence League’s (EDL) hopes for a morale boosting success in Dudley were sorely disappointed last Saturday.
More than 80 protesters blocked the entrance to the offices of the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers in London on Thursday of last week.
Bin workers in Sandwell, West Midlands, were set to start their ballot for strikes this week. The 100 workers, of the GMB and Unite unions, are angry over council "single status" plans that would mean pay cuts of up to £2,900 each.
The Unite union has won recognition at outsourcing company Capita’s site in Craigforth, Stirling.
Catering workers on rigs in the North Sea have rejected a pay offer and paid leave proposals.
Employees at plastic film factory DuPont Teijin Films in Dumfries, south west Scotland, have voted for industrial action.
Workers at bathroom company Kohler Mira in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, struck for a second day on Wednesday of last week.
Manchester Right to Work supporters in Manchester joined Labour Party campaigners to lobby the Lib Dem MP in Chorlton on Thursday of last week.
Workers at food giant Nestle are to hold their first ever national ballot for industrial action over pay.
Around 200 people came to a meeting in Forest Gate, east London, on Wednesday of last week to oppose a "temporary Olympic headquarters" for the police in a local park.
Drivers at Sovereign Bus company, west London, have hit back against attacks on their pay and union organisation.
East London Bus Group (ELBG) is up for sale.
Workers at the Linamar car parts factory in Swansea have voted at a mass meeting to reluctantly accept the company’s closure terms.
Mick Cash, the senior assistant general secretary of the RMT union, told the Potters Bar inquest last week that the 2002 train crash was caused by the standards of contractors’ work slipping since privatisation.
Two major disputes are planned to hit the London transport network.
Police in London have removed the Democracy Village that was set up in Parliament Square on May Day.
Health funding is becoming an ever more contentious issue as more and more groups realise what the "GP-led" funding system will mean for them.
Lewisham: workers angry vote for fight over cuts Members of Lewisham Unison union in south London voted by 120 votes to four for industrial action last week.
The Tories’ Academies Bill could be law within days – because they are using special rules to rush it through parliament.
David Cameron claimed on Monday that his "big society" agenda was about the "biggest, most dramatic redistribution of power" from the state to individuals.
Hundreds of parents, children and teachers joined a rally and protest in central London on Monday of this week against education secretary Michael Gove’s school rebuilding cuts.
Two more national unions last week backed the demonstration at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham on Sunday 3 October.
Around 300 people marched through Portsmouth on Monday of this week to protest against the Tory cutting of the Building Schools for the Future programme.
France’s right wing president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and his closest cabinet allies are under increasing pressure after the revelation of a string of financial scandals.
The French parliament voted last week to outlaw the wearing of full-face veils, like the burqa or niqab, in public. Only one deputy voted against, with the Socialists and Greens abstaining.
"I would like to have, erm, a psychiatrist, psychologist, have a word with me regularly, on a regular basis… Why don’t we just have a psychiatrist sit me down and say: ‘Right, OK, I want to see you regularly, then we can move towards where your areas of fault are’."
Last weekend saw thousands of trade union activists, students, workers and their families arrive in Tolpuddle, Dorset to celebrate and remember the Tolpuddle Martyrs fight over 175 years ago.
Four nights of rioting in Northern Ireland saw much media talk of "men of violence" orchestrating trouble.
The World Bank’s recent report on global economic prospects is a bumpy and entertaining read – if terror stories are your idea of fun, that is. It contemplates the possibility of 3.5 percent economic growth for the next three years.
It took 30 seconds for the police to kill Jean Charles de Menezes. The cover-up took a little longer. At 10.06am on 22 July 2005 Jean Charles sat down on a tube train in Stockwell, south London.
Will workers in Britain overthrow capitalism and make a socialist revolution?
The greatest world music festival will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 for all the people who haven’t managed to get tickets for the sold out event.
This is an impressive festival exploring Afghan culture and history through 12 plays, a five-day film programme, a ceramic exhibition and discussion sessions.
The BFI’s hugely popular Mediatheque is launching at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum this month, meaning that visitors can now view more than 1,800 films and television programmes from the BFI National Archive.
Just Press, an independent publisher of books and art, was officially launched last week, at the Cartoon Museum in London.
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is a play set in the 1640s and centering on the English Revolution.
Recent attacks on Muslim women wearing face coverings are simple Islamophobia.
The rich are getting richer by sending food prices through the roof. A multimillionaire trader, Anthony Ward, was exposed this week as deliberately hoarding tons of raw cocoa to push up the price – and increase the worth of his stock.
History shows Tories are not friends of freedom It is a sign of just how authoritarian the Labour government was that the Tories can now seem to some to be defenders of freedom.
"The private sector likes the clarity it has seen from the new government. The services that are now likely to be privatised are those such as probation and care homes." James Hulme of the New Local Government Network