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Thousands of people will be taking to the streets of Birmingham on Sunday 3 October to protest against the Tories’ crazed slashing of jobs and public services. And there couldn’t be a better city to protest in.
Birmingham’s Tory council has issued redundancy notices to 26,000 council workers, telling them that they have to accept massive wage cuts or face the sack.
Hundreds of workers at outsourcing firm Connaught were sacked when it went into administration last week.
Veolia, which is contracted by councils to carry out bin collections, issued HR1 redundancy forms to some 1,200 workers last week.
Around 200 workers employed by Tory-controlled Barnet council in north London joined a lively town hall lobby on Tuesday of last week. They are angry at plans to slash services and privatise departments.
Astra Zeneca workers were to strike on Wednesday this week in their continuing fight to defend their pensions.
Plans by Royal Mail to close dozens of mail centres with the loss of thousands of jobs gathered pace this week.
Around 120 protesters braved a downpour to call on Haringey’s Labour council in north London to refuse to implement Tory cuts last week.
Firefighters in London are going into battle against their Tory bosses—setting an example for workers everywhere.
Trade unionists and other activists have formally launched Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts.
The fight is on in the London fire brigade.
Libraries across Southampton in Hampshire closed at 12 noon on Wednesday of last week as workers struck against cuts.
A vital consultation is underway about the pay claim for local government for 2011. Responses were due by Friday of this week.
Primary care Trusts (PCTs) are announcing a wave of redundancies and job transfers.
Workers at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Edmonton, north London, struck over pay on Wednesday and Thursday of last week—and are set to walk out again on the same days this week.
Around 150 workers at leisure centres, country parks and car parks across Swindon were due to strike on Saturday and Sunday this week.
Around 40 bin workers in Sandwell, West Midlands, lobbied a meeting between Serco and the GMB and Unite trade unions last week.
Merseyside FBU vice chair Kevin Hughes was unfairly sacked by fire bosses, an employment tribunal found last week.
Workers at Grimshaw Lane cleansing and ground maintenance in Manchester have won a victory against their bosses over monitoring.
The Unison union’s Greater London region is asking branches to lobby their bosses on Wednesday 29 September—the European day of action against austerity and cuts.
Clydebank TUC was to hold a public meeting this Thursday on Public Service Cuts—Is There An Alternative?
The Southwark Pensioners Group in south London held a Question Time on Friday of last week with Southwark councillors.
The government and the right wing media are stepping up their war on people who claim benefits, claiming that there are millions of "workshy scroungers" living off the hard work of the rest of the population.
The fifth Viva Palestina convoy from Britain left London on Saturday of last week. Hundreds of activists will join the convoy carrying medical aid to Gaza to beak the Israeli siege.
An important meeting of school students will take place this weekend.
BBC workers are set to strike for two days during the Tory party conference. They are fighting a key battle over pensions—a vital issue for millions of workers.
A group of rank and file activists on London Underground took part in an important discussion on Monday about the next steps in their fight for jobs and safety. It followed a solid strike at the beginning of this month.
Over 2,000 trade unionists gathered at the 100th anniversary festival of the strike by women chainmakers at Cradley Heath in the Black Country—including some in historical costume (see picture).
Bankers Bank of England governor Mervin King received a flat response at the TUC.
A campaign has been launched demanding an end to the victimisation of leading Newham Unison union activist Elane Heffernan.
Jerry Hicks won 102 nominations from branches and 35 from workplaces for his rank and file campaign for general secretary of the Unite union.
Union reps in Bassa, the British Airways cabin crew section of Unite, have requested a fresh strike ballot from the Unite leadership.
Almost 200 people gathered in Hastings last Saturday to protest at the sacking of a fifth PCS union rep at the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.
Bus drivers at Stagecoach Merseyside in Liverpool suspended a planned one-day strike on Monday of this week to discuss a revised pay offer.
The Socialist Worker appeal launch event last weekend was a great night of politics and fun—and it raised over £1,100.
The Right to Work campaign has always stood on the side of those who fight to resist job losses, wage freezes and cuts in public services.
With just over a week to go to the protest in Birmingham, support is flooding in from across Britain.
Cleaners at the Initial company in central London witnessed a horrific scene last week when police arrested a colleague for alleged immigration offences.
Vodafone has avoided as much British tax as the "savings" the Tories want to make by slashing incapacity benefits for half a million people.
Around 2,000 protesters marched on the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Liverpool last Sunday.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is throwing its weight behind a national demonstration against racism on Saturday 6 November.
"Muslim plot To Kill Pope," screamed The Daily Express last Saturday. And, urged on by police leaks, the rest of the press joined in.
Some 3.4 million people are members of the "working poor", a new report reveals.
EARLY signs are emerging of the Tories’ plans for an onslaught on public sector pensions.
Millions of women will be forced to rely on their partner’s pension when they retire, a survey suggests.
Landlords have increased rents for the seventh month in a row, imposing the steepest increases for more than a year, research indicated this week.
French workers have shown their determination to block the attacks on their pensions by the right wing government of Nicolas Sarkozy. Millions of workers took part in a day of strikes and protests on Thursday.
Workers, anti-cuts campaigners and community activists have poured into mass meetings in the last week as anger grows against the Tory cuts agenda.
The man chosen by key trade union leaders and many union members is now the leader of the Labour Party. And the one chosen by Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair isn’t.
Election day in Afghanistan was meant to be a day of triumph for imperialism.
Venezuela goes to the polls on 26 September to elect members its National Assembly.
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Protests broke out in Sweden after a fascist party won 20 seats in last week’s election.
John and Mary Flynn are Travellers facing eviction from their home at Dale Farm in Essex—a scrap yard before Gypsies bought the land and made their homes there.
The visit by Pope Benedict to Britain last week raised questions over how to take on right wing views and deal with religion.
The Tea Party movement caused a dramatic upset in last week’s US primary elections—and pushed the Republicans even further to the right.
Vince Cable's assault on "spivs and gamblers" in the City may have won him a standing ovation at the Lib Dem conference, but it has caused outrage at the Daily Mail and in the Confederation of British Industry. Is it time for Marxists to welcome Comrade Cable to our ranks?
The union leaders’ powerful speeches at the TUC conference last week meant that millions of people in workplaces across Britain are talking about standing up to the Tories.
Hundreds of people are detained without charge in Britain. Some have been held for more than four years. Those incarcerated are not "terror suspects". Most are foreign nationals who committed a crime in Britain—but cannot be deported because they’ve come from a war zone. Ken Olende spoke to Mohammed and Walumba, who are being held in London’s Colnbrook detention centre
Socialist Worker spoke to Jerome Phelps, director of the London Detainee Support Group
The fifth Viva Palestina convoy from Britain left London last Saturday. Hundreds of activists will join the convoy carrying medical aid to Gaza to beak the Israeli siege.
What made you want to tell the story of a strike?
In 1968 some 850 women machinists at the Ford factory in Dagenham, east London, struck for equal pay.
Based on the classic 1914 novel, this play tells the story of a group of painters, struggling to live in a recession.
Selected Poems was originally published in 1960, and this new edition should introduce a yonger generation to the poetry of the Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca.
We have three pairs of tickets for Ena Lamont Stewart’s moving and funny portrayal of impoverished 1930s Glasgow, showing at the National Theatre in London. The play runs from 8 October to 7 November. Tickets from £10 to £44.
The result of the election for Labour leader—to be announced on Saturday afternoon—will say a lot about whether the party is going to make any sort of a challenge to the Tories’ assault on working people.
"There were some people, particularly around the height of the Iraq war, who gave up on the Labour Party and turned to the Liberal Democrats," said Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg last week at his party’s conference.
Mike Graham sadly died on 15 September. He had been unwell for some time.
Comrades in Coventry are sorry to report the death of Edmund Quinn earlier this month.
Thanks for support – and keep on fighting I am writing to thank all the readers of Socialist Worker who have supported my campaign for justice.
‘Imagine a brand with a huge stain on it. You keep trying to get rid of it, but the heart of the stain always remains. That’s what it is like with the Tory brand’