Dated: 18 Sep 2010
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A significant shift in the battle against the Tories took place this week.
Teachers in the NUT union at St Aloysius school in Islington, north London, were set to strike on Thursday and Friday of this week.
Workers at Astra Zeneca in Macclesfield, Cheshire, struck for the first time ever last week to fight attacks on their pensions.
The NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions representing workers at the BBC have announced dates for strikes against attacks on their pensions.
The solid 24-hour strike by around 10,000 workers on London Underground last week put pressure on management.
Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of the Unite union, has indicated that the dispute between cabin crew at British Airways and bullying boss Willie Walsh could be spread across the company.
Around 40 people attended a launch meeting of the Justice For All campaign in London last week.
Workers at the Coca‑Cola plant in Edmonton, north London, were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week over pay.
Jerry Hicks, the rank and file candidate in the Unite union’s general secretary election, is urging people to pull out all the stops to get him the biggest possible vote.
Firefighters from across Britain were set to descend on the capital on Thursday of this week with a simple message: London’s battle is everyone’s battle.
Some 300 delegates at the TUC came to the penultimate Labour Party leadership hustings on Monday night.
Some 60 people attended a lively and serious fringe meeting organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) at the TUC on Monday night.
The TUC passed a motion for the repeal of the anti-trade union laws.
The TUC condemned the blacklisting of trade unionists.
Leading trade unionists have signed a statement calling for marchers to be able to protest outside the Tory party conference on 3 October.
Some 150,000 jobs are being slashed in the public sector—and that’s before George Osborne’s spending review—according to a study by the GMB union.
A fire boss came a cropper last week after he ordered a London firefighter to take off a sticker with the slogan "Sack Coleman, not firefighters".
Essex FBU will be resuming its industrial action against cuts on Monday of next week.
Birmingham council bosses have sent some 26,000 council workers official letters threatening them with the sack.
Barnet council workers and supporters protested on Tuesday of this week against cuts and the North London council’s plans for mass privatisation.
Bus drivers in the Unite union were set to hold a lobby at London’s City Hall against bus cuts on Wednesday of this week.
Government plans to sell off Royal Mail have got the Dracula-like bosses of private mail firms licking their lips.
Around 200 workers employed by Tory-controlled Barnet council in north London joined a lively town hall lobby on Tuesday of this week. They are angry at plans to slash services and privatise whole departments.
More than 200 bus workers demonstrated outside London's City Hall today over Mayor Boris Johnson's attacks on London's bus service.
Workers at the huge Coca-Cola bottling plant in north London struck today (Wednesday) – the first in a series of planned walkouts in their fight for a fair pay rise.
More than 3,000 London firefighters surrounded their bosses’ headquarters today (Thursday)—as their union called a strike ballot.
Right to Work—supported by local trade unionists, anti-cuts campaigners and the Birmingham Council Labour Group—held a press conference yesterday to demand the right to march past the Tory Party conference in the city on 3 October.
Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham Council Labour Group and Caroline Johnson, assistant secretary Birmingham Unison, 16 September 2010
Firefighters in London today (Friday) overwhelmingly voted yes in their ballot for industrial action short of a strike.
Around 1,000 workers at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Telford, Shropshire, downed tools on Tuesday of last week to join a demonstration amid fears that the government is about to slash their jobs.
The Socialist Worker financial appeal is now on £43,856—nearly 30 percent of our £150,000 target.
We are bombarded with the idea that history is made by great individuals. Our past is told as the history of great men and our present is often reduced to passively watching the decisions of our "betters".
Southampton library workers were set to strike on Wednesday of this week against the closure of libraries and using volunteers to replace staff.
Bin workers in Sandwell, near Birmingham, struck on Wednesday of last week in a long-running dispute over pay.
The PCS civil service workers’ union has called a demonstration in support of Sam Buckley, its sacked branch secretary at the Child Support Agency (CSA) in Hastings.
The Anti Academies Alliance has produced a new newspaper, available for activists to order.
Over 300 people defied the rain in Huddersfield last Saturday to march against
Royal Mail’s threat to close Stevenage mail centre is going to face resistance.
Many Unison union activists in Yorkshire and Humberside were shocked last week when John McDermott, a leading Unison union activist for many years, was barred from holding office in the union for three years.
Bus drivers working for Stagecoach Merseyside plan to hold a one-day strike on Monday of next week.
Kenny Bell, the branch secretary of Newcastle City Unison and deputy regional convenor of the Northern region, has made an extraordinary intervention in the case of Yunus Bakhsh.
Activists will set out from London this Saturday on an aid convoy to break the blockade of Gaza.
Hundreds of racist English Defence League (EDL) thugs were out on the streets last weekend attempting to intimidate anti-racist and anti-fascist activists.
Bad week for bomber Blair Protests forced Tony Blair to back out of a series of events last week.
Around 2,000 people turned up to enjoy the brilliant Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) festival in Margate, Kent, last Saturday.
Support for the right of anti-cuts protesters to march past the Tory Party conference on Sunday 3 October in Birmingham is growing by the day.
Some 150 people packed into a Right to Work meeting in London on Thursday of last week.
LMHR held a successful all day music festival in Dundee last Sunday at Dukes Corner with a host of local bands. Seven local trade union branches sponsored the event.
Mary Brodbin is a retired member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). She told the meeting last week, "Pensioners are furious—we are confident, militant, vibrant and up for action.
The decision by the Higher Education Committee (HEC) of the University and College Union (UCU) to postpone balloting over jobs and pay was a serious error.
Jobless don’t choose poverty Tory toff George Osborne called unemployment a "lifestyle choice" as he announced plans to slash another £4 billion from benefits last week.
UCU members in English further education college branches are deciding whether to ballot for strikes over a 0.2 percent pay offer.
The referendum for democratising changes to Turkey's constitution has been passed by a higher than expected margin, with 58 percent voting yes.
Around three million workers took to the streets of France on Tuesday of last week in a huge day of action over attacks on pensions.
It was 1am and 64-year old Mohammed Akram was playing chess with a family friend when 30 soldiers came crashing through the door of his Kabul apartment.
Huge numbers of Indian workers joined a 24-hour strike last week against rising prices and privatisation. Action by around 100 million workers shut banks, power plants, telecommunications, airports and schools across the country.
The resistance to the Greek government’s austerity programme is on the rise again, with protests and strikes breaking out across the country.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered in New York on 11 September to demonstrate against Islamaphobia and racism. Their counter-demonstration was called in response to a racist rally against the proposed building of an Islamic community centre, held in the city on the same day.
A strike by some 70,000 South African car component workers has brought car manufacturing plants in South Africa to a standstill. The firms hit include Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, General Motors and Mercedes Benz.
The row over Tory spin doctor Andy Coulson should not be mistaken for one of those long running and complicated arguments that are of interest only to fellow media types.
You can hear the bulldozers from Mary McCann’s caravan. They are digging trenches and raking dirt over ground that, just days before, was home to seven families.
"In all the time I’ve lived here we’ve never had peace of mind. There’s always been the threat of eviction.
Constant & Co is the bailiff that evicted Travellers at the Hovefields site last week.
A century ago the streets of Cradley Heath emptied of smoke—and filled with joy. Some 1,000 women chainmakers stopped work and marched with their children through the Black Country town, singing, smiling and waving flags.
To fully appreciate the significance of the chainmakers’ victory, we need to understand the social conditions that existed 100 years ago.
Actitud Calle means "street attitude"—why are the streets important?
The middle classes have a talent for whining and fake rebellion. They also have a remarkable ability to see everything through the prism of their own supposed struggle.
This film deals brilliantly with institutionalised racism and the police—shown through the arrest of a young black man on the night Margaret Thatcher became prime minister.
Say the name Tracey Emin and many people will immediately think of her bold pieces "My Bed"—the most visited exhibition in the history of the Tate—and "Everyone I Ever Slept With".
Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s first female Poet Laureate—and the first lesbian to hold the title—is hosting a series of evenings of poetry and music in Manchester.
When the head of the TUC, Brendan Barber, says that the Tory cuts could be like the poll tax he is right. The coalition is attacking everyone, and there is the chance to create a united resistance that can beat them back.
The media rightly vilified right wing evangelist Terry Jones over his plan to burn Qurans on the anniversary of 9/11.
"We have a cabinet of millionaires who don’t use public services. This is a war on the entire population in the interests of a tiny minority."General secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, Matt Wrack