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This year began with brutal new attacks that will hit every working person—the VAT rise, travel fares up, food prices up, fuel prices up, rents up and higher mortgage payments to come.
As resistance to the cuts grows, more people are involved in activity and experiences that make them open to the idea that we need a completely different kind of society.
A number of major union leaders have spoken out about what kind of movement we need to beat the cuts—including the need for strikes.
The Right to Work Campaign has opened up its national conference on 12 February to other national anti-cuts organisations, local groups and trade unions.
Three solid 24-hour strikes at Heinz’s Wigan factory over pay during the holidays have forced management to offer new talks.
A solid strike by train drivers in the Aslef union on London Underground had a severe effect on the running of the tube network on Boxing Day.
Firefighters in London have voted to accept new shift patterns proposed after their union called off strikes.
Essex Three Essex firefighters have been suspended and some 100 disciplined—just for writing to local politicians about cuts.
Passport workers have voted for action short of a strike against job losses—but turned down the chance to strike over the issue.
National Union of Journalist members at the Scottish titles The Herald and Evening Times have voted by 79 percent in favour of strikes to defend jobs.
Bus workers at Metroline, north London, have voted by 91 percent in favour of industrial action in a consultative ballot over a pay offer.
Teachers at Rawmarsh Community School in Rotherham, south Yorkshire, were set to strike on Wednesday of this week.
A crucial fight against job losses is taking place in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. It could see the first strike against council cuts by a whole union branch since the Tories took office.
Protests against corporate tax dodgers shut down dozens of high street shops in more than 50 towns and cities across Britain before Christmas.
Industrial action by refuse workers in Birmingham, combined with recent bad weather, is hitting hard.
Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) are again balloting for strikes.
Low paid NHS workers in Buckinghamshire and Hampshire struck for 48 hours from Wednesday 15 December against their bosses’ refusal to honour nationally agreed conditions.
Workers at Perkins Engines in Stafford, West Midlands, struck last week over pay.
Bradley Manning, a 22-year old US army private, is being tortured by the US state.
The British government has been training a Bangladeshi paramilitary death squad, leaked US embassy cables have revealed.
Over 50,000 homes in Northern Ireland had no water over the holiday. Thousands of homes went without water for more than a week.
Around 100,000 jobs are on the line in a crucial battle over the coalition’s assault on working people.
The English Defence League (EDL) is planning another racist rampage in Luton. But it will be met by a united, national protest organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF).
The Tories are set to make 2011 a year of pain for millions.
Union leaders are talking up the possibility of strikes to defend postal workers’ jobs, pensions and conditions as Tory plans to privatise Royal Mail gather pace.
Top civil servants are drawing up legislation that will hand control of up to 80 percent of the NHS budget to GPs.
At least half a million people have been wrongly denied incapacity benefit over the last 15 years.
A survey by the NUT union has shown that three quarters of parents questioned don’t want so-called "free schools".
Housing campaigners have called a mass lobby of parliament over cuts to housing benefit, plans for new fixed term tenancies and hikes in rents.
More than 3,000 people rallied in the Forest of Dean on Tuesday of this week to defend "the people’s trees".
University, FE and school students are once again preparing to hit the streets to defeat the Tory-led coalition’s plans to destroy education. This year can be one of inspiring resistance, and the students are at the forefront.
The student demonstrations that exploded onto the streets of Britain in November and December were a huge shock for the coalition government.
Paul Saville, a student from Bristol, was arrested in a dawn raid a week before Christmas.
Kids not cuts! That was the fighting message from striking teachers who started three days of strikes yesterday (Wednesday) over "savage" job cuts.
Unison members working across the Hesley Group of schools in Doncaster have voted by 96 percent for industrial action, and by 84 percent for a strike.
A strike by workers across the Birmingham Connexions service, which assists young and vulnerable people to access work and training opportunities, was called off at the last minute today.
Two youth centres in Rotherham were occupied this evening (Thursday) against cuts in youth services.
Defiant and angry young people in Rotherham occupied their youth centre against cuts in the service for three hours last night (Thursday).
Socialist Worker is appalled that an alliance of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World and the police has secured a perjury verdict against socialist Tommy Sheridan.
The US and the European Union are stepping up the pressure to decide who will govern in West Africa’s Ivory Coast. Most observers declared that Alassane Ouattara beat sitting president Laurent Gbagbo in the election on 28 November 2010.
The uprisings that spread across Tunisia in North Africa over the last two weeks in December mark an important moment in the country’s history.
Socialist Worker found itself at the centre of discussions about the recent student movement over the Christmas period.
At a recent full council meeting in Preston I proposed a motion that the council should commit itself to a policy of no cuts, no job losses and no privatisation of services.
The Tories were determined to fight for the interests of their class in 1980—but they were also scared of resistance.
I hadn’t intended to respond to Laurie Penny’s reply (<a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/laurie-penny/2010/12/deregulating-resistance">A response to Alex Callinicos</a>) to my piece on Comment is Free (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/26/student-protests-laurie-penny?showallcomments=true#comment-8939439">Student demonstrators can't do it on their own</a>), which in turn was a response to her original Guardian article, which appeared on Christmas Eve (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/24/student-protests-young-politics-voices">Out with the old politics</a>). But there has been such a flurry of criticism and support all over Fa
Today the Democratic Republic of Congo is depicted as a place of horror. Recent fighting in the country is presented as a continuation of ancient blood-letting between eastern tribes and ethnic militias.
Philip Green is one of Britain’s richest men. He has an estimated fortune of more than £4 billion. Green runs the Arcadia Group, which includes more than 2,500 branches of the clothes shops Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Miss Selfridge and others, as well as the department store BHS.
Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) was murdered 70 years ago by an agent of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin.
It’s very easy for the history of the English language to be a dull list of words and sentences delivered by long-dead classic authors and upper class figures.
The coalition is launching a wave of attacks on workers. This is not just about vicious cuts—it is also an attempt to reshape the whole of society in the interests of big business.
Sources close to the Labour leadership, as the media like to put it, let it be known at the end of last year that leader Ed Miliband wanted to distance himself from the unions.
"What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your finger-tips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are those lions, Mr Manager."Jayaben Desai
Welcome to 2011—now here’s what we’re cutting David Cameron’s statement that no more special schools were to close on his watch does not seem to have percolated down to the
‘It is an exciting day for Liberty Osborne, the chancellor’s daughter, to join him at work. The windows at HM Treasury are boarded up, workmen line the road replacing the bombproof (but not quite student-proof) glass’