Dated: 19 Feb 2011
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Campaigners and trade unionists met at the People’s Convention in London last Saturday to build united resistance to cuts and austerity.
Headteacher Juliet Strang has been removed from Villiers High School after a student strike and mass protests.
Campaigners against health cuts united hospital consultants with student nurses and healthcare assistants in a 300-strong demonstration outside the Royal London hospital in east London last week.
Suspended teacher Sue Caldwell has been formally charged with gross misconduct by her employer.
More than 300 anti-racists confronted the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Exeter last Saturday when it attempted to hold a "Ban the Burqa" protest. Only 15 EDL supporters turned up.
Cleaners at the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot struck over pay on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
The Unite union has declared its latest strike ballot at British Airways (BA) invalid.
Birmingham refuse workers reacted with fury to a poor deal put forward by management last week. They overwhelmingly rejected it and demanded a return to industrial action.
Lecturers at the University of West England (UWE) struck on Thursday of last week and plan to strike on Friday of this week.
Teachers at Chestnut Grove school in Wandsworth, south London, are set to strike on Wednesday of this week against plans to transform the school into an academy.
John Port School in Etwall, Derbyshire, was besieged by striking teachers on Thursday of last week, as teachers struck against plans to turn the school into an academy.
Teachers at Rawmarsh Community School in Rotherham have called off three days of strikes planned for this week.
Mirfat Badallah, who was threatened with immediate deportation to Yemen, has scored a major success.
Workers at London’s City airport have voted by 97 percent to be balloted over whether to strike over pay and conditions.
Millions of working people in Britain are seeing their living standards nosedive as inflation soars and their pay crumbles. More than two and a half million are out of work and forced to scrape a living on poverty benefits.
The PCS civil service workers’ union is moving towards escalating the fight against bad working conditions in Jobcentre Plus call centres.
Campaigners are fighting to stop the government selling off Sulham Woods, near Reading.
Workers at Nottinghamshire council were expected to announce a vote for strikes as Socialist Worker went to press.
A number of migrant worker support groups have called a demonstration against the arrest and deportation of a group of workers at St Thomas hospital.
The Progressive London conference "There is an alternative" to the Tory cuts takes place this Saturday 19 February.
The government’s claim that only a minority of universities will charge students the maximum fee level of £9,000 a year has been exposed as a sham.
London’s firefighters are demanding their bosses return 27 fire engines that were confiscated during their strikes last year.
The RMT transport union has organised a public meeting against the victimisation of Eamon Lynch and Arwyn Thomas in London on Thursday of this week.
Almost 4,000 workers at crown post offices across Britain are being balloted for strikes in a dispute over pay, job security and the future of the post office network.
Postal workers on the Isle of Man are this week voting on strikes for "the first time in living memory", the Communication Workers Union says.
NUJ union members working for Johnston Press in Sheffield called off planned strikes last week after reaching a deal with management over plans to cut production jobs.
People in Levenshulme, Manchester, have wasted no time in taking to the streets since the council said it would close their swimming pool.
The anti-cuts movement keeps getting bigger. On Saturday some 1,000 people marched in Dorchester, Dorset.
Workers at Doncaster council in South Yorkshire and Tower Hamlets council in London are to ballot for strikes over cuts.
Public sector pension payouts could fall by as much as a third—thanks to a government trick with the way they are calculated.
"I think this revolution will carry on. The spirit of the country had been regained and revitalised. People, even if they are in a comfortable position, want to work for the public good.
Egypt’s revolution has delivered a resounding "No" to free market neoliberal capitalism.
The regime encouraged a celebration of wealth and greed. It has sold state land near Cairo to property developers at knock‑down prices.
A solidarity appeal from the independent Egyptian Property Tax Collectors’ Union (RETAU)
Egypt is in the grip of a huge strike wave that marks a sudden and dramatic deepening of the revolution. Tens of thousands of workers have walked out of offices, factories, textile mills, ports, hospitals, schools and universities across the country. Even police officers are demonstrating.
Hundreds of thousands of workers have taken action over the past week to defend the revolution and demand radical changes in their pay and working conditions.
Some 1,000 workers from the Egyptian-American Steel company in Sadat City sat in for the second day on Monday over wages, health insurance and meal incentives.
For the past two decades socialist and opposition groups in Egypt, including the Muslim Brotherhood, have suffered fierce repression.
Workers at Nottinghamshire county council are set to strike on Thursday of next week after delivering a yes vote in their ballot.
NUT union members took to the picket lines today in protest at plans to transform their school into an academy.
Some 24,000 workers at Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla Al Kubra, Egypt’s largest public owned company, have started an indefinite, all-out strike.
Well over 2000 students and staff marched against cuts at Glasgow University yesterday (Thursday). The demonstration set off from the occupied Hetherington Research Club (HRC), which students have held for over two weeks now, and ended outside a meeting of University Court.
Outrage at cuts boiled over yesterday as council workers stormed the meeting where Southampton council was setting its budget. More than 400 workers held a noisy and lively protest in front of Southampton Civic Centre.
Some 150 Barnet council workers have voted to strike against the Tory council’s privatisation plans, dubbed "easyCouncil".
A storm of revolutions, uprisings and revolts continues to thunder across the Middle East. Its speed and scale is breathtaking.
Protests for change have erupted in Iran—and are facing government repression.
Since Tunisia’s revolution began in December, people across North Africa and the Middle East have risen up against their regimes. They are inspired by Tunisia and Egypt, where two dictators were toppled in the last few weeks.
The Tory-Lib Dem government argues that "tough choices" are necessary to pull Britain out of recession.
Leon Trotsky recalls in his memoirs that, immediately after the Russian Revolution of October 1917, Lenin said to him in German, "Es schwindelt"—"It makes one dizzy."
The light of the Russian Revolution of 1917, the only successful workers’ insurrection in history so far, still burns bright almost 100 years on. Its story contains lessons for all those fighting for change today.
Is it any wonder that so many Muslims in Britain feel under siege? For 30 years they have faced a growing tide of Islamophobia.
Shemiza Rashid Luton-based founder of the Creative Muslim Network, teacher, radio presenter and inter-faith art consultant
From the trailers and posters, you’d be hard pressed to work out what kind of film Never Let Me Go is.
The Egyptian revolution is a blow to all those who think change is impossible. There is an exhilaration to those moments when ordinary people overthrow an old society and start to build a fresh one.
Why unions must fight to stop the racist EDL In the early 1980s I worked at the Vauxhall car factory in Luton.
‘I trust people to stand up for themselves. People stood up