Dated: 21 Aug 2010
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The Tory government is destroying the future of millions of young people in Britain.
Firefighters in London are set to ballot for industrial action over management’s threat to sack them all.
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Workers at the ColArt company in Wealdstone, north west London, are fighting plans to close their factory.
The threat of a strike by thousands of workers at six airports terrified the British Airports Authority (BAA) bosses this week.
An urgent investigation is underway on the London Underground after a "runaway" train on Friday of last week.
Royal Mail bosses plan to close two of London’s three giant mail centres and a major delivery office. Some 3,000 jobs could go in the scheme and it would clear the way for privatisation.
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Left wing activist Jerry Hicks has won enough nominations to get on the ballot paper for the forthcoming Unite general secretary election.
A LEAK from the Ministry of Justice last week revealed that the government wants to cut £2 billion from the department’s budget.
A new report shows the recession is hurting young people across the globe more than any other group.
Local opposition is growing to the racist English Defence League’s plan for a racist riot through Bradford on Saturday 28 August.
Some of the lowest paid jobs are attracting huge numbers of applications—particularly from young people—with hundreds chasing each job. And most are paying only the minimum wage.
Richard Barnbrook, the fascist BNP’s only member on the London Assembly, has resigned the party’s whip to sit as an independent.
Universities have been told to expect the worst cuts since the 1930s—funding could be slashed by 35 percent over the next five years.
Four of the Metropolitan Police’s riot squad will appear in court next month to answer charges of actual bodily harm against Babar Ahmed, a south London IT worker.
Unison members working in Southampton libraries struck on Friday of last week and Monday of this week over the introduction of volunteers to replace paid workers.
Around 8,500 Unison union members working for Kirklees council in West Yorkshire are preparing to ballot for strikes over cuts in jobs and services.
The Tories and the right wing media are combining to ensure the poor pay while the rich get off in the recession.
Hospitals have been saddled with so much debt under the government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) that they are being forced to cut back on patient care.
A campaign to save a leisure centre has led to turmoil in Blackburn & Darwen council in Lancashire—and threatens to bring down the ruling coalition on the council.
The Tory-Liberal coalition has gained another Labour collaborator—former health secretary Alan Milburn.
African journalist Charles Atangana has been released from detention in Britain in a major victory for refugee rights campaigners.
Mass murderer Tony Blair is to donate the ill-gotten gains from his memoirs to a health centre for injured soldiers. But this attempt to launder his blood money won’t wash.
The latest RPI inflation figure of 4.8 percent, released this week, is a slight dip in the rate—but it is still more than most workers’ pay "rises".
Four times more people are being hooked by crushingly expensive "payday loans" than in 2006, a report has revealed.
Bosses at the BBC have, in a display of nervousness, been forced to cut their own generous pension scheme after anger exploded amongst staff over attacks on their pensions.
A freedom of information request has revealed that Neath Port Talbot council trampled over democracy in its determination to hand council homes to a private housing company.
We want more than chicken feed
Saturday 28 August
The Home Office plans to deport a 17 year old Manchester College student and his family to Iran on Friday.
Public services have ground to a halt as over a million South African public sector workers, including some 245,000 teachers, walked out on indefinite strike today (Wednesday) over pay.
One statement by a Pakistani cabinet minister yesterday about the floods has revealed the way ordinary people’s lives are being sacrificed for profit and US imperialism.
SEAN RIGG 1968-2008 Second Year Memorial Vigil Outside Brixton Police Station 21 August, 5pm
The strike by over a million South African public sector workers continues into its third day.
The Home Office announced on Friday a ban on the racist English Defence League's (EDL) proposed march in Bradford on 28 August.
The internet has opened up new vistas for socialists. At a time when information can be sent all over the world at the click of a button, newspapers can start to feel quite old-fashioned.
The annual Climate Camp starts in Edinburgh this week. It will attract thousands of activists to protest at the destruction of our planet.
Disabled tenants of Amicus Horizon housing association in Hastings demonstrated on Monday against threats of eviction, bullying and a policy of refusing to do repairs for tenants they are in dispute with.
Significant meetings of anti-cuts activists took place in Birmingham and Glasgow last week to prepare for the protest at the Tory Party conference in Birmingham on 3 October.
The Eastern Number 4 branch of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Sheffield Green Party and Rotherham Hospital Unison branch are the latest organisations to back the 3 October protest.
World leaders are still refusing to release funds that could save lives in Pakistan.
After the football World Cup drew to a close, most of the world media’s attention left South Africa—Naomi Campbell and "blood diamonds" aside.
SPECULATION ABOUT the prospect of a double-dip recession has become almost obsessive in the financial markets. The US central bank, the Federal Reserve Board, is worried that the American economy might slip back into slump.
Seventy years ago this week an agent of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin murdered the exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky by smashing his skull with an ice pick.
There’s a great myth about the way work is organised today—that workers are powerless because employment is unstable. They say that if anyone dares to challenge the employers, the firms will disappear to another country where wages are lower and workers more flexible.
We need a mass movement of workers, public ownership and workers’ control to create a socialist society.
Gideon Levy is a rare voice of dissidence and opposition in Israel.
Tucked away in the first episode of the BBC’s new series on the history of home movies is some surprising footage of the 1974 miners’ strike.
Set in 1999, this Argentinian film is told in flashback form.
Lovers of militant grooves will want to seize this fantastic collection of organ-driven Afro-beat, cosmic Afro-funk and raw, psychedelic boogie from West Africa.
Rara in Haiti: Street Music of Haiti
Israel’s barbaric attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla at the end of May caused outrage around the world. Many more people realised Israel was an aggressor, not a victim.
Chance for climate movement to shine
Jimmy Reid died in hospital last weekend after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He was the best known member the British Communist Party ever had.
I was greatly shocked and saddened when I heard of the sudden death of my good friend Mark.
Squatters show poverty The tabloid press launched into a spiteful attack on poor migrant workers in Britain last week. The Daily Express newspaper ran a front page claiming "Britain’s Migrant Squatter Shambles—city under siege by jobless gangs".
‘I think what you’re trying to do is stop supermarkets from selling 20 tins of Stella for a fiver. That’s what we’ve got to go after.’