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George Osborne’s spending cuts are a declaration of brutal class war.
Workers at Plymouth bed manufacturer Vi-Spring are continuing their industrial action for another three weeks.
More RMT transport union branches are backing the call to extend the strikes on London Underground in the battle for jobs and safety.
Workers at Arriva Trains Wales are taking unofficial action over an "unacceptable" pay offer and conditions.
Bus drivers at CT Plus’s Ash Grove garage in Hackney, east London, struck on Friday of last week in their battle for decent pay.
Maintenance workers employed by Babcock Nuclear Services struck on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in a row over pay.
The election for general secretary of Britain’s biggest union begins next Monday when Unite sends out ballot papers to its 1.5 million members.
The government is planning to resume forced deportations of "failed asylum seekers" to Zimbabwe.
Warehouse staff at Oxford University Press (OUP) struck on Tuesday of last week and plan two days of strikes this week.
A new offer may be on the cards at British Airways (BA)—but cabin crew have no details of it.
The Unite union will ballot workers at Tyneside Safety Glass on a new pay offer.
Workers at the BBC are voting on a new offer proposed by management.
The UCU lecturers’ union will hold a special sector conference in Manchester on 25 November.
Our workplace collection week has proved a success, with a wide range of Socialist Worker readers raising money for the appeal.
Up to 150 people came to a council "drop-in" session on Friday of last week to oppose the demolition of Shepherd’s Bush Market.
Have teachers, parents, governors, the headteacher and the local MP all been lied to about St Aloysius College in Islington?
Strikes at Tunnock’s bakery in Lanarkshire have ended after the union came to a new pay deal.
Around 50 people came to the launch of the updated ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ pamphlet in the House of Commons on Thursday 14 October.
More than 200 hospital workers in Buckinghamshire have voted to ballot for strikes.
Croydon council, the Home Office and other public bodies are pushing through thousands of job cuts in the south London borough.
Families and friends of people who have died in police custody will march thorough central London on Saturday 30 October.
Taxi drivers in Manchester have threatened "a winter of strikes" in protest at council plans to introduce a new penalty points scheme.
Postal workers in Stevenage are preparing to march to defend their mail centre, which Royal Mail is threatening to close.
The Tories are using Britain’s budget deficit to justify an assault on the working class. The deficit—the gap between government spending and tax revenues—is currently around £155 billion. They say this is so high that they have no choice but to cut spending to reduce it.
Students are facing a pincer movement of attacks as the government and its business allies prepare to slash higher education (HE) spending and push up fees.
In their desperate drive to slash spending, the Tories are targeting the most vulnerable.
London’s firefighters were set to strike this Saturday, in the first big walkout since the Tories launched their cuts onslaught.
Coaches are booked from over 30 towns and cities across Britain to the national demonstration and carnival against racism, fascism and Islamophobia on 6 November in central London.
There are urgent steps to take—and vital arguments to be won—to create a movement powerful enough to defeat the Tories’ cuts onslaught.
Thousands of trade unionists protested in central London on Tuesday to oppose Tory plans to make massive public spending cuts in Wednesday’s comprehensive spending review.
On Monday night more than 1,000 teaching assistants, teachers and workers protested in Nottingham Market Square against Tory cuts.
The Tories want to force council tenants who earn anything more than poverty wages out of their homes.
Tory peer Lord Young launched a determined attack on workers when he advised the government to weaken existing health and safety legislation on Friday of last week.
Newport in South Wales is a city already facing up to the bleak consequences of Tory cuts. Two weeks ago, the government announced the closure of the Passport Office there with the loss of 300 jobs.
Tower Hamlets in east London was the scene of a hotly contested election for mayor this week.
Jimmy Mubenga died after he was manhandled onto a British Airways flight to Angola during an attempted forced deportation.
Black people are 27 times more likely to face stop and search by the police than whites. Asians are six times more likely to be stopped.
Sotheby Mews Day Centre, Islington, north London, is typical of the thousands of crucial services the Tory cuts will destroy.
Saturday 23 October
Tens of thousands of people were set to protest, march and rally this Saturday, 23 October, against the Tories’ brutal cuts.
RMT members working on London’s tube are being advised not to work during the firefighters’ strike in the capital this Saturday if their safety can’t be guaranteed.
London Around 3,000 people gathered at the entrance to Downing Street tonight to protest against George Osborne’s cuts package.
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In a victory for the anti-fascist movement, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped its case against 63-year-old Alan Clough from Radcliff, Bury.
Multi-millionaire George Osborne’s class war spending cuts will leave millions of ordinary people without vital services and drive up poverty and inequality.
Thousands of people took to the streets across Britain as the details of the cuts became clear.
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protests have started against the cuts. It’s a very positive sign that thousands of people took to the streets immediately, and many more will march this Saturday.
The spending review is a declaration of war on the working class. Let’s start the fightback.
London's firefighters need every trade unionist and activist in the city to join them during their strike this Saturday as they launch mass pickets against scabs.
Scotland Over 25,000 trade unionists, campaigners, pensioners, students and disabled and unemployed people took to the streets in Edinburgh today against the cuts.
Striking London firefighters scored a huge victory against management's scabbing operation today (Saturday). Militant mass pickets all but destroyed bosses' operation to break the strike.
The London firefighters’ strike ended at 6pm today (Saturday) – but the mass picketing didn’t. As the scabs tried to get the fire engines back into the bosses’ base, the firefighters hounded every last one of them, late into the night.
The mass picket outside London fire brigade's Southwark Training Centre,
London's firefighters have launched a massive escalation of their strikes by calling a 47-hour walkout – starting at 10am on 5 November.
The fightback in France against attacks on pensions has shown magnificent resistance.
Protests rocked Athens on Thursday of last week, as Greek workers and students continued their fight against cuts.
Up to one million workers marched in Rome on Saturday against finance minister Giulio Tremonti’s deficit reduction plans. He is forcing through a £22 billion cuts package—but is facing huge resistance.
An NPA video showing French workers striking and protesting around the country
French workers and students continued their inspiring strikes in Thursday, as the movement comes to a critical point.
Two news stories this week give the lie to the myth that people are naturally selfish.
Since its launch, the racist English Defence League (EDL) and its sister organisations have organised 31 demonstrations across Britain.
The fifth Viva Palestina convoy from Britain is nearing Gaza. Human rights lawyer and socialist Jim Nichol reports from the convoy:
During 1960 a total of 17 African countries gained independence from their colonial masters. This was the highest in any single year and, as British prime minister Harold Macmillan said, it signalled that a "wind of change" was blowing across the continent.
In the 1950s the establishment joked that a sign should hang outside the elite Eton private school reading, "Cabinet makers to Her Majesty the Queen". Depressingly the same thing could be said again in the early 21st century.
The fifth Viva Palestina convoy from Britain has reached Gaza. Socialist Worker sends its sincere congratulations to all who have taken part.
The new BBC Three drama series Lip Service, billed as dealing with the "real lives of lesbians", grabbed my attention immediately.
Bob Dylan’s impact on popular songwriting was immediate and enduring, and this is particularly true of at least one black American singer-songwriter.
The Arbor is the powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar (best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too) and her daughter Lorraine.
Walid Raad says his work "was in some ways made possible by the wars in Lebanon". He playfully considers the effects of conflict not only on body and mind, but also on art itself. Miraculous Beginnings is the first survey of his work from the past twenty years.
This is an exhibition by four contemporary artists—Sally Carson, Marion Tasker, Angela Stapleford and Andy Ridley (the last two have both contributed to Socialist Worker).
Liverpool fans kick out millionaires What a joyous day it was to see millionaires Tom Hicks and George Gillett bid farewell to Liverpool Football Club last week.
‘Snow this week—no doubt they’ll blame global warming’The Daily Express never misses an opportunity to mock climate change