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"We are against any foreign intervention or military intervention in our internal affairs," said Abdel-Hafidh Ghoga in Libya’s second city Benghazi last Sunday.
Industrial action came a step closer today, Tuesday, as Scotland’s biggest teachers’ union announced that it would ballot its members over proposals to impose a two-year pay freeze and changes to working conditions.
Socialists were right to rush to the defence of multiculturalism after David Cameron’s outrageous attack.
Council workers across Nottinghamshire struck on Thursday of last week—becoming the first full council workforce to walk out against Tory cuts.
More than 5,000 workers in Tower Hamlets, east London, could soon be on strike against cuts.
Library workers on the Isle of Wight struck on Wednesday of last week.
Unite union members at Manchester council have voted by 80 percent for industrial action in a consultative ballot.
Workers in Birmingham have forced the council to climb down over plans to cut anti-social hours payments.
The Unison and Unite unions have voted by 80 percent to reject pay cuts at Southampton council.
Stoke takes on the BNP Supporters of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and the North Staffs Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (Norscarf) in Stoke-on-Trent have launched their campaign to kick the remaining five BNP councillors out of the council.
Workers at Metroline bus garages in north and north west London voted to accept a pay offer from management on Friday of last week.
A number of left wing candidates are standing for election to positions on the national executive of the National Union of Students (NUS).
The Department of Health is in talks to consider which parts of NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) could be sold to the private sector to make the service more "commercially competitive".
Former MSP Tommy Sheridan is in "high spirits" in jail following his conviction for perjury, Gail Sheridan told a rally of 100 people in Glasgow on Monday.
There will be an NUJ Left meeting on 12 March in London to discuss ongoing campaigns inside the journalists’ union.
UCU union members at Dundee University are set to strike on Tuesday of next week against the failure of the university to commit to no
Lecturers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh began boycotting a new performance appraisal scheme on Monday of this week.
Lecturers are voting to elect representatives to national officer positions in the UCU and to the union’s national executive committee (NEC) and Scottish executive committee (SEC).
The UCU is holding national strike ballots to defend jobs, pay and pensions.
The national TUC demonstration against cuts
Protesters transformed high street bank branches across Britain into creches, libraries, hospitals, homeless shelters and drama clubs last Saturday.
A solid strike by train drivers at Arriva Trains Wales had a big impact as hundreds of services were cancelled on Monday.
Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) have begun voting in a new strike ballot in their lengthy dispute with BA bosses. The ballot will end on 28 March.
Some 11,000 workers at the car giant Ford may be balloted for industrial action to stop attacks on their pension scheme.
Teachers at John Port school in Etwall, Derbyshire, began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week.
The national executive committee of the NUT teachers’ union met last week and agreed to launch an action timetable against the government’s pension reforms at its annual conference, which begins on 22 April.
Suspended teacher Sue Caldwell is due to attend a hearing on Friday of next week.
Health workers in London have called a "Day X for the NHS" in response to growing NHS job losses and cuts.
Hundreds of students protested in London last week. They were outraged by the rise in tuition fees and the cuts being imposed on education by the government and vice-chancellors.
Voters in Ireland have given the main Irish bosses’ party a drubbing in the country’s general election.
The sacking of trade unionist Frank Morris at the Olympics construction site in east London has raised suspicions that companies are continuing to blacklist activists.
‘This is a freedom march. The cuts aren’t necessary, they are ideological. Everyone should join it.’
Anti-cuts protesters have been occupying town halls up and down Britain as councillors vote through slasher budgets.
The revolutions in the Middle East have not only revealed the hypocrisy of Western governments—they have also demonstrated the double standards of Iran’s conservative leaders.
The Tories tell us we need austerity to get out of the economic crisis. But new figures show that their argument is an empty one.
The Tories have come up with a cruel and unusual way to get homeless people off the streets—starve them.
Manchester council has retreated on plans to shut Levenshulme baths after daily protests to save it.
A judge ruled last week that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to answer accusations of rape and sexual assault.
More than 300 parents and children joined a protest to save Manchester’s Sure Start nurseries last Saturday.
Former British soldier Danny Fitzsimons has been sentenced to 20 years in an Iraqi prison after being found guilty of killing two men and attempting to kill a third.
Nobody can predict how big the TUC’s demonstration on 26 March is going to be. But it is certainly going to be one of the biggest protests Britain has ever seen.
University lecturers across Britain have voted for strikes to defend their jobs, pay and pensions.
The eighth general strike against harsh austerity measures in less than 12 months hit Greece on Wednesday. It was as successful as the other strikes that have rocked the Pasok Labour-like government, despite the worsening of the economic situation and the length of time the struggle has been ongoing.
A group of socialists in Zimbabwe faces a possible death sentence for watching a video about the Egyptian Revolution.
Cairo’s Tahrir Square became a battlefield again on Friday of last week when masked commandoes from the Egyptian army waded into demonstrators with tasers, whips and sticks.
As Colonel Gaddafi’s dictatorship continues its attempt to violently suppress the revolution in Libya, regimes across the region are struggling to keep control.
The uprising in Libya has spread and deepened across the country. As Socialist Worker goes to press Muammar Gaddafi is only just holding onto the capital Tripoli, and threatens a bloody counter- attack against rebels.
Benghazi, Libya’s second city and birthplace of the revolution, has made official the revolutionary council that emerged during the uprising.
As Colonel Gaddafi ruthlessly slaughters his opponents some are calling for a revival of "humanitarian intervention"—a military response by other countries under the pretext of safeguarding human rights.
It was shocking to read the response of liberal gay journalist Johann Hari to the recent appearance of "gay free zone" stickers carrying slogans from the Koran in Tower Hamlets, east London.
On Friday 11 February governor Scott Walker declared war on public sector workers in the US state of Wisconsin by trying to ban trade unions.
Scott Walker’s attacks on Wisconsin teachers and other public sector workers are part of a national agenda to privatise public institutions and destroy public sector unions.
International Women’s Day, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, is now celebrated across the world on 8 March.
The battle in Wisconsin has seen hundreds of thousands of US workers rediscover their power. In the most powerful protests for many years, public sector workers—with the support of students, war veterans, pensioners, local campaigners and even some police—have brought the city of Madison to a standstill.
Wisconsin was the site of crucial battles in the 1930s and 1950s. It was the first state to win collective bargaining rights for workers in 1959. In 1934 strikes at the Kohler Company—a huge plumbing supply firm—shook the state.
President Barack Obama is the architect of the economic policies that ultimately lead to attacks on workers’ rights and living conditions across the US.
The police have played a contradictory role during the Wisconsin struggle. Much has been made of the police attending the occupation to support the protests.
The battle between Wisconsin’s unions and the state’s Republican governor Scott Walker moved to a new level on Saturday when over 100,000 people marched and rallied in support of union rights at the State Capitol building in Madison.
Between 1918 and 1923 revolution erupted in Germany. Open class warfare gripped the country with uprisings, mass strikes and army mutinies. Armed workers clashed with counter-revolutionary paramilitaries.
Treme exposes New Orleans’ corrupt legal system and the despicable political response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. It explores the rich culture of the city and its deep inequality through a multitude of interlocking stories and characters.
The overt anti-war message of PJ Harvey’s new album, Let England Shake, marks a departure for a singer better known for intimate and inward-looking songs of relationships and emotions.
This is the first of a four-part series, exploring the post-war British workplace covering seven decades of turbulent change.
This is a retrospective of US feminist artist Mary Kelly, who tries to make the personal political.
Allen Ginsberg’s beat poem Howl caused outrage in 1950s America.
Poor Jamie Oliver. He’s dedicated his life to trying to help us working class people live better lives—but it’s like throwing pearls before swine.
The Western powers are severely shaken by the revolts in the Middle East and North Africa. The region is of massive strategic and economic interest to the US and its allies.
A report released this week rehashes the lie that Muslims need to tackle "extremism" in their own community—saying it is "acting as drivers and recruiters for the right".
Support for Arab revolt helps fight in Britain A packed meeting in solidarity with the Egyptian revolution at my work last week shows the strength of feeling about the issue in Britain—and I’m sure others could follow our example.
‘Tony Blair… is peacemaker in the Middle East, and should be able to use his talents for peacemaking here. We need his diplomatic skills now as we set about crushing our enemies’