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It’s boom time for the bankers again.
The Tories’ planned changes to housing benefit could drive thousands of disabled people from their homes.
Clare suffers from depression and mental health problems, and is unable to work. She lives in Leeds and relies on housing benefit. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the impact the Tory proposals will have on her life.
Lesley Fitzsimmons is a single parent living in Luton, Bedfordshire. She spoke to Socialist Worker about surviving on benefits.
Tory cuts to housing benefit will affect around one million people.
Activists from the Defend Whittington Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital campaigns in north London came together on Thursday of last week to hand in a petition at the department of health against plans for closures at London’s hospitals.
The victory of leading trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh over his former employers at an Employment Tribunal last month continues to send shockwaves through the movement.
Unison members will find no mention of the fact that Yunus resoundingly won his Tribunal in the statement the union issued about his case last week.
August 2006: Yunus reveals that Trust bosses have given themselves whopping pay rises while planning cuts to patient mealsSeptember 2006: Yunus is illegally suspended from work after an anonymous letter of complaint against him. His NHS Trust mounts an "investigation"November 2006: Yunus is diagnosed as suffering from depression January 2007: Unison suspends Yunus from his elected positions on basis of the same "evidence" used by TrustJune 2008: Trust sacks Yunus despite him being declared as too sick to attend disciplinary hearings<
PCS union branch secretary Sam Buckley has become the fifth union officer to be sacked from the Child Support Agency in Hastings in two and a half years. He was sacked on charges of "incapability".
Supertram workers in Sheffield have voted to strike over the derecognition of a union rep.
Tour guides at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum in Dorset are striking over pay.
A strike by workers at Astrum engineering in Stanhope, County Durham, has won an improved pay offer.
Prison educators at more than 70 prisons and young offender institutions were set to strike on Wednesday of this week over attacks on their terms and conditions.
Activists in the Unite union are winning nominations for Jerry Hicks for the union’s general secretary election.
The jury at the inquest into the 2002 Potters Bar rail crash inquest last week found that unsafe points outside the Hertfordshire station were to blame for the incident in which seven people died.
Trade unions on London Underground have reacted with fury to bosses’ threats to rip up an agreement on job protection unless they call off their industrial action ballots.
Darlington: £22.6 million cuts from its £107 million budgetBirmingham: cutting £75 million and planning to axe up to 2,000 jobs and shut care homesDudley: revised its cuts up from £30 million to £70 millionCroydon: pushing through £1.7 million cuts in staff costs. Planning to cut funding to ten projects for voluntary groups that support disabled and young peopleAndover: announced £30 million worth of cuts to children’s services, which will slash 185 jobsSheffield: announced an immediate £6.5 million cutsJersey:
Drivers and engineers at First Bus in Essex are set to strike on Monday of next week.
The FBU firefighters’ union is to hold branch meetings across Warwickshire to discuss action against bosses’ plans to close three fire stations.
London fire bosses backed off from a threat to start the process of sacking the city’s firefighters last Saturday.
Salford parents are set to march again in September in an effort to save their local hospital’s maternity unit.
Trade unionists at the BBC were to begin their ballots for strike action this week over attacks on their pensions.
Lancashire Up to 10,000 workers at Lancashire council began industrial action from Tuesday over changes to conditions and pay cuts.
An Iraqi Kurd jumped to his death in Nottingham after hearing that he had been denied legal aid to fight his asylum case.
Campaigners in Glasgow were relieved on Monday after Charles Atangana won a temporary halt to his forced deportation.
A number of trade unions are calling on the TUC to organise a co-ordinated fightback against the wave of attacks workers face.
Everyone who wants to be part of the battle against the cuts needs to be in Birmingham at 12 noon on Sunday 3 October for the demonstration at the Tory Party conference.
The Tories have a secret plan to make it easier to deport children.
Campaigners in Portsmouth last week showed how to stand up to the councils that are driving through cuts that will devastate working class people’s lives.
Veteran anti-fascist campaigner Martin Smith is to appear in court on Tuesday 7 September.
The TUC’s evidence to Lord Hutton’s pensions review smashes the lie that public sector pensions are a drain on the state.
Police have begun using their annual excuse to harass and arrest black people.
Cabin crew at British Airways are still waiting for their Unite union to call a fresh strike ballot—despite rejecting a "final offer" from BA over two weeks ago.
There were 24,114 incidents of self-harm in prisons in England and Wales last year.
The savagery of the government clampdown on benefits was highlighted in one case last week.
At 8.15am on 6 August 1945, in the last days of the Second World War, the US dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later it dropped another on Nagasaki.
A statement from Unite Against Fascism
Put faith in the state at your own peril I write with a heavy heart. I never thought I'd live to see a successor to Maurice Ludmer at Searchlight saying that we should, essentially, put our faith in the state, the police and the government to stop fascist elements terrorising our communities (M Star August 2). If that is all that is needed, then the very reason for Searchlight's existence has gone.
Analysis by the Trades Union Congress of June's Emergency Budget published today (Thursday) reveals that 936,960 households across the UK will each lose around £12 a week (£624 a year) as a result of changes to housing benefit (HB) announced in the Budget.
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The release by WikiLeaks of over 90,000 secret documents has underlined the vicious nature of the occupation of Afghanistan.
A potent strike by Greece’s truck drivers last week marked a new stage in the fight against austerity measures being imposed on the country’s people.
Haneen Zoabi, the Palestinian member of Israel’s parliament who went on the flotilla to Gaza, vowed that she will do it again at a meeting in London last Wednesday.
Some 3,000 garment workers in Cambodia struck last week in defence of a suspended union rep.
Open Sit-In Since 12 July 2010, workers of the FuturePipe Factory in North Lebanon have been holding an open sit-in protesting against the closure of the factory. The management of the factory had stated that the reason behind closure is due to significant losses.
The Love Parade was a disaster waiting to happen. It seems that almost everyone involved in the event knew that but, in the end, profits mattered more than human life.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is using vicious scapegoating to try to distract attention from a government expenses scandal and a revolt against his pensions attacks.
THREE YEARS ago this week the global financial crisis began. Back then it was called the "credit crunch" and seemed a bit quaint and obscure.
The benefits system is on the verge of collapse—or at least that’s what Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith claimed as he launched the latest attack on the welfare state last week.
The film director Oliver Stone’s latest documentary, South of the Border, sets out to counter the lies and myths about the revolutions in Latin America over the last decade.
The possibility of removing capitalism is back on the agenda.
Congratulations to David Thorpe and Despina Mavrou who won the tickets to see Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the Arcola Theatre in London.
Described as "one of the best photographers of his generation", Chapman meticulously chronicled residents of the aptly nick named Beat Hotel in Paris’ Latin Quarter in the middle of the 20th century.
By 1972 the black power movement had its very own musical outlet in the form of avant-garde jazz.
It’s the turn of everyone’s favourite former US soldiers to get a makeover.
IN Pakistan, where millions of the world’s poorest people are desperately battling to survive the aftermath of torrential rain, the words of David Cameron ring hollow.
Racist and fascist thugs are planning to descend on Bradford over the August bank holiday weekend.
‘Today the railways are safer than they have ever been’