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‘The EDL isn’t welcome in Bradford. We need a counter-protest’ Mahmoona Begum, Student, Bradford
206 people joined the Socialist Workers Party during July.
BBC workers have started a fightback against management attacks on their pensions.
From April 2011 the BBC proposes that pensionable salaries will grow at a maximum of 1 percent a year, whatever salary increases an employee receivesThe link with inflation will be broken if the bosses win—meaning that if inflation is at 5 percent, pensions will still be held at 1 percent. So just as workers have seen below-inflation pay deals, they will also see their pensions fall far behindBosses took a "contributions holiday" during the boom years and didn’t pay in the company’s share of workers’ pensions
"I have never known such a sense of outrage. BBC staff feel taken for granted and insulted by management.
BBC bosses’ are attacking workers pensions, but theirs are protected. It was revealed last week that a multi-million pound pension slush fund exists for senior BBC executives. The fund saw BBC director general Mark Thompson receive a £163,000 pension top-up last year, while deputy director general Mark Byford stands to receive a £400,000 pension.
"The effects of a crisis created on Wall Street are being used as an excuse by BBC management to launch an attack on workers.
David Willetts, the Tory universities minister, has told young people who find there are no university courses available because of cuts to retake their A-levels to get better results.
Top army officers are getting a whopping £172 million to send their children to boarding schools.
The UN enquiry into the Israeli army assault on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla begins this week. Meanwhile the next land convoy leaving London to break the siege of Gaza makes its final plans.
Activists are holding a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) festival in Kent on Saturday 11 September.
Hundreds of prison educators held a one-day strike on Wednesday of last week against their employer’s attempts to force them to sign a new and dramatically worse contract.
Tram workers in Sheffield plan an all-out strike from Monday after bosses refused to deal with a union rep.
Staff in Southampton libraries in Hampshire have called for a further two days of strikes to be held on Friday of this week and Monday of next week.
The general secretary election in the Unite union is revealing members’ anger at the leadership’s failure to lead a fightback against the attacks workers face.
Steel workers at Corus are voting on an improved national pay offer after a "breakthrough" in negotiations, their union says.
The firefighters’ FBU union warns that fire bosses’ efforts to reduce the amount of money spent on responding to automatic fire alarms could cost lives.
Around 30 housing activists in Camden, north London, met last week to organise a fightback against the wave of Tory attacks on council housing and tenants’ rights.
A group of Jaguar workers have voted for industrial action and rejected a £1,000 transfer bonus to move from Coventry to Birmingham.
The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is organising a lobby of the TUC general council on the eve of the conference to demand a national demonstration against cuts.
Bosses at First Bus Essex have retreated over attempts to introduce worse terms and conditions for new starters than those for existing drivers.
Bus drivers in Holloway, north London, held a Ramadan celebration on Friday of last week.
Bus workers at Metroline in north and north west London were set to vote on a pay freeze on Friday of this week.
Some 160,000 people took part in Brighton’s Pride and (not) Prejudice march and festival last Saturday.
Over a hundred workers and activists protested outside David Cameron’s "PM Direct" session at Hove Town Hall on Thursday of last week.
The result of the strike ballot of RMT union members over job cuts on London Underground was due on Thursday of this week.
The British Airways (BA) dispute is at a key moment.
Members of the RMT transport union on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strikes against 800 job cuts at stations. The workers do vital jobs on platforms, ticket gates and ticket offices.
Leaders of the GMB and Unite unions are recommending that 3,000 British Airways ground crew workers accept a job and pay cutting deal—in the middle of the crucial battle by cabin crew.
Over 6,000 members of the Unite union working at six airports have voted overwhelmingly to strike in protest against the offer of a 1 percent pay "increase".
In the US and Afghanistan the crisis of the unending, bloody war deepens.
The floods across Pakistan threaten the lives and safety of more than 13 million people. But the response has been woefully inadequate—from the Pakistani government and internationally.
‘Cities like Mianwali and Charsadda have been allowed to drown in order to save dams and hydroelectric stations. The reason is that these have either already been privatised or are earmarked for sell-off.
The Tories launched a new attack on council house tenants last week as David Cameron said tenants need to rethink the idea of a council house being "yours for ever".
David Cameron launched the latest "war on benefit cheats" this week with a plan to use credit rating agencies to check up on claimants.
More than 600 jobs are set to be axed at the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading—one in eight of the hospital’s workers.
Here’s one thing the Tories aren’t cutting—the government’s £864,000 wine cellar.
Boomtime is back for the bankers: they pocketed £10 billion in bonuses last year, official figures reveal.
The long hours culture is getting worse, a survey shows.
Socialist Worker’s exclusive story on government plans to deport children was taken up by the Guardian last Friday—in a front page story.
Leading anti-fascist campaigner Martin Smith is to appear in court on Tuesday 7 September.
Anger at the Tories’ assault on public services and the welfare state is fuelling support for the 3 October demonstration outside the Tory Party conference in Birmingham.
Trade union leaders, MPs and campaigners have added their names to a statement of support for the demonstration. It has been called by Right to Work, backed by three trade unions—the PCS, NUJ and UCU—and the Labour Representation Committee.
Charles Atangana, currently detained in Dover Immigration Removal Centre, has a bail hearing on Thursday this week. Charles has lived in Britain since 2004 having been forced to flee Cameroon after detention and threats over his journalism.
Charles Atangana has won a six week review of his deportation at a bail hearing in London today. The journalist from Cameroon in West Africa has already been freed from detention in Dover.
Royal Mail bosses plan to close two of London’s three giant mail centres and a major delivery office.
Up to 20 miners were executed by security guards on the East Rand in South Africa on Monday.
Striking garment workers in Bangladesh are continuing their struggle for a decent minimum wage, despite government pleas for them to accept a poor deal from employers.
Global clothing importers from the West rushed to back the meagre increase to the minimum wage in Bangladesh.
Speculators are once again driving up the price of staple foods and threatening to push millions of the poorest people around the world into hunger.
The British media have reported the hearings into the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor as a soap opera starring such celebrities as Naomi Campbell and Mia Farrow.
1821 US Colonisation Society buys part of Sierra Leone in West Africa and US provides firepower to set up a colony—Liberia. It resettled around 20,000 US slaves who had won their freedom.
Elections this week in Rwanda, central Africa, saw much praise for President Paul Kagame.
AS THE summer wears on, more and more people’s minds are concentrating on the Conservative-Liberal coalition’s programme of cuts.
The US government performed an incredible magic trick last week—it made four million barrels of oil "disappear" into the ocean.
Someone recently asked me, what do you do after you storm parliament?
An Israeli farmer watched his village being razed to the ground last week. The grandfather could do nothing as more than 1,000 armed police and "volunteers" threw all his family’s things into the street and bulldozed his house—for the sixth time in a decade.
The racist English Defence League (EDL) wants to protest in Bradford on Saturday 28 August.
How should we respond to the racist English Defence League’s (EDL) threat to march in Bradford?
The shadow of what happened in 2001 still hangs over Bradford.
This is a beautiful evocation of Peru. Two men, Miguel and Santiago, are having a secret affair in a small fishing village.
The new edition by the Reel News video collective leads with the truth about the Gaza flotilla attack.
Discovery Records has just released a new range of CDs in which key figures in the radical movements analyse the system and resistance to it.
In the 1950s Russia’s economy was expanding fast. Economists seriously forecast that by 1980 Russia would outstrip the US militarily and in consumer goods.
The new National Theatre production of Danton’s Death presents the struggle between the two outstanding leaders of the French Revolution as a straight fight between polar opposites.
The Tories’ U-turn over free milk for under-fives made the government look weak and disorganised last weekend.
Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of the Unite union, believes it’s better to abandon the working class to the pain of the Tory cuts than to fight back with strikes.
Stop housing attacks Prime minister David Cameron wants to end lifetime tenancies for council and housing association tenants and replace them with fixed term tenancies lasting as little as five years.
"The terrorists, the resisters."