Dated: 12 Feb 2011
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David Cameron has immersed himself in the politics of the sewer.
Lecturers at the University of West England (UWE) were set to strike on Thursday of this week, the first strike in the university’s history.
UCU union members at the University of Leeds are balloting for strike action after management failed to honour their side of an agreement reached last year over jobs.
Ballot papers will go out this week for the most important dispute in the UCU lecturers’ union’s history. There will be two simultaneous ballots, one on the employers’ current offer on a range of issues including jobs and pay, and one on the USS pension scheme.
Teachers in Tower Hamlets are showing how to save jobs and services.
A strike hit Rotherham’s Rawmarsh Community School as teachers walked out again on Tuesday of this week. They plan to strike on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
Teachers were set to strike at John Port School in Derbyshire, the biggest in the county, on Thursday of this week—and action could spread to 14 other schools.
Teachers, students and trade unionists are fighting to reinstate suspended teacher Sue Caldwell.
Over 300 school students protested outside Villiers High School in Southall, west London, on Tuesday of this week and forced it to close.
More than 3,000 council workers voted unanimously for a strike ballot at four mass meetings in Birmingham on Tuesday of last week.
Nottinghamshire County Council workers are being balloted for strikes against the council’s £89 million budget cuts and redundancies.
The Tories are using the global economic crisis as an excuse to make savage cuts in Britain. They say that higher levels of unemployment, cuts to services, lower pay and worse pensions are unavoidable.
Thousands of anti-fascists helped ruin the racist English Defence League’s (EDL) hopes of a victorious homecoming in Luton last Saturday.
The defiance shown by the people of Bury Park on Saturday was inspiring. The EDL has particularly targeted this multi-racial area.
Speech and language therapists don’t fit the media stereotype of trade union shock troops.
Homerton Hospital Up to 300 people rallied outside Homerton Hospital in Hackney, east London, last Saturday.
Fresh leaks from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have revealed new layers of management plans to close offices and centres, and privatise driving tests.
The RMT transport union has organised a public meeting against the victimisation of its activists on London Underground for Thursday of next week.
Sheffield Newspapers NUJ union chapel workplace branch has called a 48-hour strike to begin on Wednesday of this week.
Disabled factory workers at Remploy sites across Britain are building towards strikes against redundancies.
Workers at bed workshop Blindcraft in Edinburgh have voted overwhelmingly to reject a proposal for a three-day week.
Workers at British Telecom’s (BT) Barrow-in-Furness call centre have stopped job cuts.
Hands Off Our Forests (Hoof) has called a national planning day to discuss fighting government plans to privatise Britain’s forests.
Thousands of people rallied round their libraries on Saturday as a national day of "read-ins" swept Britain.
A noisy, colourful, 1,000-strong march wended its way along Holloway Road in north London last Saturday.
Hundreds of bus routes are set to disappear as councils announce a series of cuts to bus services.
up to 2,000 people came to a rally against cuts in Liverpool last Saturday.
Students have returned to their campuses rejuvenated after successful demonstrations in London and Manchester last month.
Over 300 people packed into Conway Hall in London on Monday evening for a Stop the War Coalition meeting in support of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, who faced his first day in court fighting his extradition to Sweden.
Tenants, trade unionists and councillors will come together next week to organise a campaign against Tory plans that will see working class people thrown out of their homes.
Chancellor George Osborne announced this week that he is raising the government’s levy on the banks to £2.5 billion.
London firefighters’ Tory boss Brian Coleman has been splashing our cash on posh nosh—again.
Activists will take part in several protests this Saturday against corporate tax-dodging and the rise in VAT.
Manchester council is closing five libraries, three leisure centres, two swimming pools and potentially dozens of youth centres and nurseries, it announced on Tuesday.
The Tories want to abolish the one celebration of workers’ rights in the year—the May Day bank holiday.
The Blacklist Support Group is one of the many that will be hosting a workshop at the People’s Convention this Saturday 12 February in London.
Protests against cuts are now taking place somewhere every day. Thousands have marched, and thousands more will in the weeks to come.
Hundreds of furious protesters came out at just a few hours’ notice yesterday (Tuesday) as Manchester council announced plans to close Levenshulme Leisure Centre.
We the undersigned believe David Cameron’s statement that multiculturalism has failed was a dangerous declaration of intent.
Sue Caldwell, a suspended teacher in north London, has been formally charged with gross misconduct by her employer. There will be a hearing in March and the outcome could result in her losing her job.
School students at Villiers High School in Southall, west London, were locked out of their school today, Wednesday.
Workers gathered outside parliament yesterday, Wednesday, to protest at the government’s Public Bodies Bill.
The Egyptian revolution is entering a new phase today (Friday).
Teachers at Chestnut Grove school in Wandsworth, south London, are set to strike on Wednesday of next week against plans to transform the school into an academy.
This week, the UCU union is about to launch the first of five ballots in defence of pensions, jobs, conditions and pay in higher and further education.
The battles that took place on the streets of Cairo last week may have looked like something from a bygone age. The barricades, people fighting street by street, people breaking stones and making catapults to beat back dictator’s thugs—this could have been the battle for the Paris Commune in 1871 or a European revolution of 1848.
What an extraordinary coincidence that the leaked Palestine Papers came out at the moment when Egyptians took to the streets against Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship.
Last week the "liberal" Israeli daily Haaretz carried a piece by one of its best-known columnists, Ari Shavit.
It is two weeks into Egypt’s revolution. The protests that have shaken the Mubarak regime since 25 January have awakened millions and drawn hundreds of thousands into a struggle for change.
Tahrir Square has become the centre of the revolution—a space won at a terrible cost.
The Muslim Brotherhood is Egypt’s largest opposition organisation—more a movement than a political party. It has millions of supporters. Many are involved in the uprisings.
1928 Muslim Brotherhood formed. Divisions develop between the increasingly conservative leadership and younger members eager for change
Fighting between the revolutionary movement and the state erupted again in Tunisia last weekend. Police attacked protesters, killing at least three.
The past week has been one of turmoil in Egypt. Plain clothes police, security forces and paid thugs brutally attacked protesters in Tahrir Square in central Cairo on Wednesday of last week.
"If Mubarak goes and the people are still in the streets, it will open the doors to a great revolution. But if the popular mobilisation slows and the streets are quiet, then we face a terrible reaction.
"I was running away from Mubarak’s thugs. I went to army officials and showed them my British passport and Egyptian ID.
"We want trade union solidarity, not solidarity from international governments.
ACROSS THE world people have shown support for the Egyptian revolution.
Glory to the martyrs! Victory to the revolution! What is happening today is the largest popular revolution in the history of our country and of the entire Arab world. The sacrifice of our martyrs has built our revolution and we have broken through all the barriers of fear. We will not back down until the criminal ‘leaders’ and their criminal system is destroyed.
A strike wave involving thousands of workers is sweeping across Egypt today (Wednesday). An Egyptian activist in Cairo told Socialist Worker that their phone is ringing every ten minutes with new reports of walkouts.
More than 300 people packed into a Socialist Workers Party meeting in solidarity with the Egyptian revolution in central London last night.
The Promise came about after writer and director Peter Kosminsky received a letter from a former British soldier, who had been stationed in Palestine in the late 1940s.
Iness Mezel is a Berber Algerian singer and songwriter. Her songs are inspired by relationships and the struggles in the world around her.
American novelist Chester Himes was one of the first black novelists to gain success for thrillers such as The Real Cool Killlers and Cotton Comes to Harlem.
Josef Herman made his name painting Welsh miners in the 1940s and 1950s.
That David Cameron chose last Saturday to make a speech attacking Muslims is despicable.
The row over the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, exposes a real scandal.
Comrades and activists in South Wales will be saddened to hear of the death of Yusef Abdullahi, one of three men wrongly convicted of the murder of a Cardiff woman.
Ray Challinor, who died last week, was one of the people at the founding meeting of the Socialist Review Group—the forerunner of the SWP—in October 1950.
Selling our woods? Let’s fight for the forests The movement against the government’s plans to privatise the Forest Commission and sell off our woodlands is growing.
‘I think there is a great deal in what the prime minister said. Yes, we need to tackle extremism. Integration is a two‑way street’