Dated: 18 Dec 2010
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Since the student protest on the day of the university fees vote, the media has been filled with panic about the "violence" of student "thugs".
A solid strike by train drivers in the Aslef union on London Underground has had a severe effect on the running of the tube network today (Boxing Day). The workers are furious that management have failed to offer extra pay for working on the bank holiday.
Socialist Worker is sad to learn of the death of Jayaben Desai on 23 December. She was the Asian woman who was the most prominent leader of the strike at the Grunwick photo-processing lab in 1976.
Students occupying the University of Kent are defying college administration threats and plan to continue their protest against tuition fees and education cuts into the new year.
We are drawing attention to the disastrous outcome of the Steering Committee of the National Shop Stewards’ Network (NSSN) meeting on Saturday 4 December.
Riot police showed the brutal face of the British state on the streets of London last week. But protests that threaten governments—let alone the capitalist system—are rare. Much of the time it can seem that people are relatively content with the way things are.
The outcome of last week’s climate conference in the luxury resort of Cancun, Mexico, shows the utter contempt the world’s richest governments have for the planet.
Production of millions of cans of Heinz beans and other foods will be shut down this week as more than 1,000 workers at the company plant in Wigan are set to strike.
Some of the lowest-paid workers in the NHS are preparing to strike this week.
Three crucial strikes are set to take place on the tube over Christmas. Two of the walkouts are against the victimisation of RMT union activists.
Around 350 firefighters marched through Hull last Saturday in protest at plans to slash 170 jobs by reducing crew on fire engines from five to four.
Teachers and council workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, this week moved a step closer to a borough-wide strike against cuts.
The year ends with clear signs of the potential for local anti-cuts groups to mobilise big protests.
Villiers High School in Southall, west London, was closed to most students on Wednesday 8 December when 60 members of the NUT and ATL teaching unions struck against management bullying.
Nearly 70 delegates from further education colleges in Scotland shrugged off the snow and met in Glasgow at an emergency EIS conference over the cuts last week.
The NUT national executive has deferred a decision on a timetable for action on proposed changes to the Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) until its next meeting on 20 January.
Strikes are set to spread across regional newspaper company Newsquest after journalists at its titles in Blackburn, Bradford, Bolton and York voted decisively for walkouts.
One Society Many Cultures—a coalition of unions, Muslim organisations and anti-racist groups to combat the rise of Islamophobia—organised a successful conference on Saturday 11 December.
The PCS civil service workers’ union has suspended a two day strike by 3,000 members in seven offices set for next week after a new offer.
A demonstration and rally was held in south London on Saturday 11 December as part of the campaign to save Shaker Aamer.
Bus workers at Metroline in London have voted by 87 percent in an indicative ballot to reject a pay offer.
The Unison union is turning up the heat against union activist John McDermott by trying to claim legal costs, which could amount to thousands of pounds.
RMT transport union members on Southeastern trains are balloting for action over plans to cut jobs and reduce the role of team leaders at London’s Charing Cross and Victoria stations.
Around one hundred people from voluntary sector organisations and the Unite union protested on Tuesday 14 December against cuts in London councils.
Victimised trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh was expecting to find out when his Employment Tribunal remedies hearing will take place as Socialist Worker went to press. The hearing will decide the level of compensation he will receive.
Workers were to rally against job and wage cuts at the Bakkavor food processing company in Spalding, Lincolnshire, this Friday 17 December.
The vote on tuition fees in parliament last week showed British "democracy" is a hollow sham.
Lots of workers support the students. They are cheered by the fact that people are fighting back against a hated government that wants to wreck our lives.
Hundreds of UCU members joined students protesting outside parliament on Thursday. We were outraged at the police brutality—kettling people for hours in the cold, charging with horses, and causing many injuries with batons and shields.
Students are already planning protests for the new year.
The tables were turned on the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Peterborough last Saturday, 11 December.
The vote for increased tuition fees has not solved the coalition’s problems—it has deepened them.
The Nazi British National Party (BNP) planned a political turn at its annual conference on the weekend of 10 December in Leicester.
Some students suspended university occupations this week as the winter holiday approaches—but others are vowing to stay in over Christmas and more began new occupations.
The last Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Ian Blair, resigned in large part because he misled the public about the police shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes in 2005.
Thousands of council workers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, are balloting for strikes over jobs.
Cuts to council services will hit the poorest areas hardest.
The trial of socialists Tommy and Gail Sheridan for perjury took a revealing twist last week when Andy Coulson, now David Cameron’s media chief, took the stand.
Damning new evidence has emerged at the inquest into the death of Habib "Paps" Ullah in police custody in High Wycombe, Berkshire.
A woman has died in a fire in Holloway, north London, after bosses took a fire engine from the local fire station.
Thousands of people will be forced to take charity food handouts or go hungry this winter because of soaring poverty.
The parliamentary Commons Standards and Privileges Committee has recommended suspending the parliamentary passes of former Labour ministers Geoff Hoon, Stephen Byers and Richard Caborn for breaching lobbying rules.
The Stop the War Coalition protested outside Westminster Magistrates Court against attacks on Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, on Tuesday.
Education secretary Michael Gove has proudly announced a pupil premium for poorer pupils—but it’s recycled money and he’s been forced to admit it!
Leaders of the postal workers’ union today warned the government that plans to privatise Royal Mail could be met by strikes.
Police nearly killed one student protester last week and viciously abused a disabled man. But instead of feeling ashamed, they are demanding more power to use force.
Around 60 supporters of Alfie Meadows protested outside Scotland Yard on Tuesday to tell Met police to end kettling and violence towards protesters.
Bosses are trying to blackmail more than a million NHS workers into accepting pay cuts in exchange for paper-thin "guarantees" of job security.
Protesters will take to the streets across Britain this Saturday 18 December to step up the pressure on companies that have used legal scams to avoid paying billions of pounds in tax.
We, current and former students and staff of Middlesex University, wish to make plain our disgust at the behaviour of the Metropolitan police at the demonstration against tuition fee rises in London on 9th December. A Middlesex student, Alfie Meadows, sustained life-threatening injuries and underwent brain surgery as a result of an attack by the police. Protesters wishing to leave the demonstration had been told by police to exit via Whitehall, where many were then kettled and attacked. At around 6pm, the police launched a series of unprovoked charges, using horses, truncheons and shields on protesters trapped in Whitehall. Hundreds of peaceful protesters were lined up on the south side o
Solidarity with British Students!
Around 300 local trade unionists marched through Islington yesterday. They were joined by students from the London Metropolitan University occupation.
Occupying students in two universities are planning to stay in occupation over the Christmas holidays.
A strike by more than 1,000 workers at Heinz’s factory in Wigan meant that millions of cans of beans and other foods were not produced at the Kitt Green site this week.
Low paid NHS workers struck for 48 hours from Wednesday against bosses’ refusal to honour their agreed terms of contract. Over 100 domestics, porters, and catering staff employed by Medirest at Amersham and Wycombe hospitals in Buckinghamshire walked out.
Gail Sheridan was cleared of perjury today (Friday). Gail had been accused of lying in court during her husband, Tommy's, successful libel action against the News of the World. Police responded to that successful action with a huge investigation leading to the couple's current perjury trial.
Over 100 low paid porters, cleaners, catering staff and domestics at Southampton general hospital took to the picket lines on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Protests against corporate tax dodgers have shut down dozens of high street shops in more than 50 towns and cities across Britain – on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Street cleaners were in upbeat mood on the Lifford Lane depot picket line today during the strike by refuse workers in Birmingham. No workers crossed the picket line and reports from other areas confirm that the strike by Unite, GMB, Ucatt and Unison union members was solid across the city.
Workers at food giant Heinz struck today (Tuesday) as part of their continuing fight for decent pay.
Students occupying the University of Kent have vowed to continue their protest against tuition fees over Christmas, despite threats of legal action.
Firefighters in London have voted to accept new shift patterns proposed after their union called off strikes.
Some 7,500 council workers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, have voted for a strike. And their regional Unison union officials have said they will recommend this is now turned into hard-hitting action.
The arrest and conviction of supporters of the racist English Defence League (EDL) in the last few weeks underlines the lie that they are a peaceful, anti-racist organisation – and proves that it is right to build a movement big enough to drive them from our streets.
Workers in Greece were to end a year of struggle with a general strike this Wednesday 15 December—the day of the government’s budget.
Protests broke out today (Tuesday) as Italy’s corrupt prime minister Silvio Berlusconi survived a vote of no confidence.
Greece’s year of struggle hit another high point when the seventh full general strike rocked the country on Wednesday 15 December.
Bangladesh is in the grip of a fresh round of protests by garment workers.
The man who apparently blew himself up planting a bomb in Stockholm, Taimour Abdulwahab Al-Abdaly, lived in Luton.
At Christmas when you open your gifts and cards.
In the last twenty years, China’s economy has grown faster than any other country in the world—and it has even managed to grow through most of the current recession.
In a rather lavish room, a student is pointing a stick at a big computer screen showing a Google map of London. "This is the Strand, this is Whitehall," he gestures. "Here’s parliament. We go down here, and here…"
Pantomime is a debased cultural product used to take working class people’s money at Christmas because it is "traditional".
When Grace Petrie played Glastonbury’s Leftfield stage, an awestruck Billy Bragg declared that she "stole the fucking show".
Among such Yuletide gems as Kirstie and Phil’s Perfect Christmas, Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas and Lorraine Kelly’s Children’s Hospital at Christmas will be the odd film and drama that are actually worth watching.
Congratulations to Stephen Lowdon of County Durham and Jimmy Burns of Southport who won our competition and will now receive a Lenin kitchen apron and a Big Red Diary—also available from <a href="http://www.redstuffshop.com">www.redstuffshop.com</a>
Grace Petrie performing "Emily Davison Blues", outside Nick Cleggs Sheffield Constituency Office. 13th December 2010
The student revolt nearly defeated a key coalition policy last week. The demonstrations that flowed to the gates of parliament so rocked MPs that the Tory-Lib Dem majority fell to just 21.
The right wing papers have used the latest British Social Attitudes survey to suggest that Britain has become more Thatcherite.
I want a velvet school revolution My name is Red Justice (yep, it is actually Red Justice). I am a socialist as well as a 12‑year old schoolboy. I detest my school as it is a complete dictatorship.
‘I was attacked and pulled out of my wheelchair on two occasions’Jody McIntyre, who has cerebral palsy, describes how police treated him on last week’s student protest