Dated: 30 Oct 2010
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Anger at the Tories’ vicious assault on our services and jobs erupted onto the streets last Saturday as tens of thousands protested across the country—from Edinburgh to Bristol.
Around 1,000 people joined a loud, angry and vibrant demonstration outside Tory-run Nottinghamshire County Council on Thursday of last week against cuts.
Workers at the BBC held a one-day work to rule on Friday of last week to activate their ballot for industrial action.
The Unite union is to ballot its members who are managers in Royal Mail for industrial action over bosses’ attempts to impose compulsory redundancies.
GMB union members at the drugs firm Astra Zeneca’s site in Macclesfield struck for the seventh time over pensions on Friday of last week.
Workers at the Oxford University Press (OUP) Corby warehouse were to strike for 72 hours from Wednesday over pay.
Shipyard workers at Rosyth in Fife have voted to strike over pay, and the unions were planning to call action as Socialist Worker went to press.
Up to 1,000 people attended the third annual Feminism in London conference last Saturday— three times the number who came last year.
Families and friends of people who have died in police custody will march thorough central London this Saturday, 30 October.
Unite union members at Tyneside Safety Glass in Gateshead are balloting on a new pay offer.
Fury at the Tories exploded onto the streets last Saturday. Ordinary people struck and protested against the government’s assault on working people, on education, jobs and welfare.
Saturday saw a great display of resistance to the Tories and their Lib Dem lackeys—with around 50,000 protesting.
The TUC’s regional rally in Sheffield last Saturday saw a sharp debate about the strength of the working class—and the kind of action we need to stop cuts.
Planners and public health workers are among a large group of workers at Tory-run Barnet council, north London, who are beginning to say, "enough is enough".
Liberal Democrat-run Sheffield council is threatening to issue HR1 redundancy notices to all its 8,400 non-school staff in an effort to bully workers into accepting worse terms and conditions.
An appalling sell-out is on the table at British Airways (BA), where cabin crew have been in dispute for nearly a year—and their Unite union backs it.
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions on London Underground are preparing to strike for 24 hours from 7pm on Tuesday of next week.
Bus drivers at CT Plus at the Ash Grove garage in Hackney, east London, struck on Friday of last week.
Two hundred and fifty drivers at the Amber Car firm in Leeds last week refused to work after a £10 a week increase in rental charges.
Over 1,000 people braved pouring rain to attend the annual vigil against hate crimes in Trafalgar Square, London, last Saturday.
Lecturers protested at Richmond College, west London, on Friday of last week against job cuts.
More than 35 people attended a Right to Work meeting in Newport, south Wales, on Thursday of last week against the closure of the city’s Passport Office.
Many Thousands of trade unionists and anti-racist campaigners are gearing up to march against racism, fascism and Islamophobia on Saturday 6 November in central London.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped its case against 63-year old anti-fascist protester Alan Clough from Radcliff, Bury.
Activists in Preston are opposing EDL plans to demonstrate in the town on Saturday 27 November.
London’s firefighters have launched a massive escalation of their strikes by calling a two-day walkout—starting on Bonfire Night. It will come just four days after an eight-hour walkout planned for Monday of next week.
Many London tube workers refused to work on health and safety grounds during the firefighters’ strike on Saturday, severely affecting the running of London Underground.
The firefighters’ strike ended at 6pm last Saturday—but the mass picketing continued late into the night.
A house in Enfield, north London, almost burned down during last Saturday’s firefighters’ strike.
The election for the key post of general secretary of the Unite union began this week. Some 1.5 million members are to vote in the next few weeks for the leader of Britain’s biggest union.
Lutfur Rahman, standing as an independent, won the Tower Hamlets mayoral election last week—trouncing the Labour Party.
A Tory council’s plans to close two schools and turn them into an academy have been foiled in Manchester.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory minister for welfare and pensions, last week said people in Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales should "get on the bus" to go and find a job in Cardiff.
"I lost my home help a couple of years ago, which means that since then we’ve had to pay for any help with cleaning and so on.
The Tory cuts are tearing into the futures of young people.
Activists blockaded Vodafone’s flagship store in London’s Oxford Street today (Wednesday), shutting it down all day, to highlight the corporation’s £6 billion legal tax dodge.
Around 30 activists in Leeds shut down all three Vodafone stores in the city centre today, Thursday, in protest at the company’s legal tax dodge of £6 billion in tax.
The NUJ union has called a 48-hour national strike at the BBC over pensions—for 5 and 6 November, the same days as the London firefighters’ Bonfire Night strikes.
Trade unionists from across London pledged their solidarity with the city’s striking firefighters this evening (Thursday) – and called on the whole workers’ movement to do the same.
Around 1,500 students, trade unionists and others joined a protest march over education cuts in Oxford yesterday (Thursday).
Saturday: Activists call Vodafone blockades across country
We have reports of protests in Sheffield and Edinburgh, as well as those listed below. Protesters held picnics outside several stores.
The London firefighters are at the forefront of the battle against Tory cuts. They are fighting to maintain a public service, defend safety and protect workers' rights.
Demonstrators close all three Vodafone shops in Oxford Street, London's busiest shopping street, and several other branches in the centre of the capital
London’s firefighters will walk out on strike twice this week: for eight hours from 10am tomorrow (Monday), and then for two days from 10am on Friday – Bonfire Night.
A man believed to be a striking firefighter has been injured in a collision with a car outside Croydon fire station—and union sources have told Socialist Worker the driver was a manager.
Mick Shaw, president of the firefighter's FBU union, explains how a firefighter was run over on the picket line at Croydon
Just a few hours after a firefighter was run over and seriously injured on a picket line in Croydon, London FBU executive member Ian Leahair is seen being knocked down on the picket line by an AssetCo scab fire engine at the LFB Training Centre, Southwark, London, Monday 1 November 2010
France's right wing government is trying harsh state repression to break the huge movement of strikes and street protests against the attacks on pensions.
Thousands of leaked US military documents have revealed the grisly reality of the murder, torture and abuse of prisoners by US, British and local pro-occupation forces in Iraq.
Tens of thousands of trade unionists struck and took to the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week over the killing of left wing rail worker and student Mariano Ferreyra.
More than 250 people have died of cholera in an epidemic sweeping Haiti and doctors are terrified that the outbreak may spread. It could hit the makeshift tent cities surrounding the capital, Port-au-Prince, where 1.3 million homeless survivors of January’s earthquake live.
Any socialist with blood in their veins must be inspired by the fightback in France. Inspired enough perhaps to say to friends and workmates, "We need to do the same."
As the Tories drive a knife deep into the welfare state, nostalgia for Labour’s years in office may well grow as memories fade.
On 7 November 1910, thousands of striking miners marched across the Rhondda valley in South Wales. At the front were two scabs they were driving out of the town. The crowd had dressed them in white shirts with notices pinned on, "Take a warning".
Thursday 21 October, 10pm. The road is dark. Few lights. Twenty five miles—border to Gaza City. Thousands—tens upon tens of thousands. Waving, cheering, running. Dense. Children run in front of the ambulance—frightening. It’s happening to all vehicles. Olive branches thrown in.
Press baron Rupert Murdoch congratulated the government on its spending review at the inaugural Baroness Thatcher lecture last week. Murdoch said, "Like the lady, the coalition must not be for turning." It was appropriate in many ways.
Benefits Osborne slapped a one-year time limit on contributions‑based Employment and Support Allowance (formerly incapacity benefit). This means a disabled or seriously ill person whose partner works, however low-paid their job may be, will lose their benefits after a year.Up to £2,500 a year is being taken away from 58,000 Disability Living Allowance claimants who live in care homes.Local authorities will get new "flexibility" on council tax benefit. This will mean hundreds of town halls coming up with their own complex systems—and returning us to the days of the poll tax as they chase people who can’t pay for their debts.
It could have been stopped. But here we are in 2015, in a future where Osborne and his Tory friends got their way and slashed public services down to almost nothing.
Furkan Dogan is forever in GazaArshad’s suit is there too
The hugely popular Paul Gauguin exhibition at London’s Tate Modern is the first major display of his paintings in Britain for 50 years.
"Nobody’s yet written a play which features the way I am feeling. I feel outrage, fury and massive anger. The overpaying of the financial elite has corrupted our whole society.
The People Speak promises to be an inspiring antidote to sanitised and top-down histories of Britain.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the final novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, aimed at 13 to 15 year olds. It sees a rebellion against the dictatorial Capitol.
This event unites documentary makers from around the world to celebrate documentary making.
Tens of thousands of people took part in demonstrations against the Tory cuts last week. The resistance has begun, and not a moment too soon.
Left wing Labour MP John McDonnell’s attempt to make minor improvements to trade union law failed last week.
After a long period of illness Eric died in his sleep on the morning of 23 October.
Students worry Sarkozy Less than a month ago French president Nicolas Sarkozy was asked about the dangers of a massive strike movement against his government’s pension reform.
'The cuts aren’t about economics any longer—they’re about ideology. And the ideology is that a big state is bad and state interference is bad.’