Dated: 12 Mar 2011
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Not content with slashing jobs and services, the Tories now want to steal our pensions.
Pass this motion in your school/association
University lecturers in the UCU union have voted for strikes to defend their jobs, pensions and pay. The first strikes are set to take place on Thursday of next week.
In a fantastic result, some 2,000 teachers in Tower Hamlets have voted overwhelmingly for strikes against cuts.
From the "diplomatic team" of spies captured in Libya to the senior common rooms of elite universities, the role of corporations and imperialism in propping up Colonel Gaddafi has come to light.
A key link in the complex relationships is the LSE Ideas centre. None of the Libyan cash ended up there, but it is nonetheless an interesting establishment.
The public relations company that promoted Gaddafi is Brown Lloyd James. It sold the dictator as a "fascinating contemporary world figure" and his son Saif as a human rights champion.
Former Scotland Yard Commissioner Lord Stevens stands to cash in from a deal worth around £4 million with the University of Huddersfield to train 103 Libyan police.
Listen to any Tory MP and they’ll tell you that their government is increasing people’s freedom.
Hundreds of striking hospital cleaners, porters and domestics who work for Medirest in Southampton have vowed to bolster their 60-hour strike this week with a further walkout next week.
Some 400 construction workers went on unofficial strike at the BP Saltend plant on Wednesday of last week.
Basildon District Council is set to meet on Monday of next week to decide whether to serve 28 days notice of eviction on Travellers at the Dale Farm site.
More than 1,500 people attended the positive and successful 6 Billion Ways conference in London last Saturday.
Bosses’ attempts to extend already draconian anti‑union laws received a blow in the Court of Appeal last week.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is proposing to reduce unannounced workplace inspections by at least a third.
Activists across the north west of England have launched a campaign to get independent socialist councillor Michael Lavalette re-elected in Preston.
Workers at Crown Post Offices have voted by a massive majority to strike against a below-inflation pay rise and threatened job losses.
Speech and language therapists in south London were buoyed last week by news that cuts to their service will not be a big as initially feared.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Britain again in the last week to protest against government and council cuts.
Manchester rose up on Saturday when over 2,000 marched against the £110 million cuts imposed by the government. This was a show of collective rage against the cuts in the city.
Labour councillors in Hackney, east London, last week voted through a cuts budget last week.
Higher education in Scotland will remain free after the Scottish government elections in May—whoever wins.
Lecturers at Dundee University struck on Tuesday of this week over compulsory redundancies.
People have protested in many parts of Britain against their councils’ plans to make massive budget cuts, which would devastate lives.
Teachers at John Port school in Etwall, Derbyshire, struck on Monday and Tuesday of this week.
TEACHERS fighting job losses led a lively march through Rotherham, South Yorkshire, last Saturday. The protest was against cuts to public services.
A disciplinary hearing for victimised teacher Sue Caldwell has been postponed. It was due to take place on Friday but has been rescheduled for 23 March.
The PCS civil service workers’ union is to escalate the action in Jobcentre Plus call centres by balloting a further 8,000 members to join the dispute. PCS members are angry about working conditions.
Socialist Worker has uncovered a serious attack on pay and conditions of bus drivers working for the capital’s third-largest operator, East London Bus Group.
Anti-racists prevented the English Defence League (EDL) from marching through Rochdale, Greater Manchester, last Saturday.
North Staffordshire Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (Norscarf) and UAF held a day of action against the BNP in Stoke-on-Trent last Sunday. The BNP has five councillors in Stoke and activists hope to reduce their number to zero after the May council elections.
Thousands of Londoners face losing their GP because NHS managers are pioneering a cost-saving initiative to remove "ghost patients".
Health workers are furious with Tory plans to "reform" the NHS.
The government unveiled its draft Carbon Plan this week. It is supposedly a scheme to tackle climate change, but in reality it is a plan to use the free market to back up business.
Even the governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has admitted that the bank bailout lies behind government spending cuts.
US President Barack Obama is to restart military trials for terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Bradley Manning, a 23-year old US army private, is being tortured by the US state. Last week he was handed an additional 22 charges as part of his ongoing court martial process.
The plan was simple. An eight-strong group, including SAS members and two spies, arrived near Khadra in Libya under cover of darkness.
A petition launched to defend multiculturalism following David Cameron’s disgraceful comments in Munich last month is gathering signatures. Over 5,500 people have signed the statement. It is vital that as many people as possible sign it and pass it on.
Barnsley shock for Lib Dems
On budget Day, 23 March, the Tories will announce more attacks on our living standards.
Egyptian activist Gigi Ibrahim will be bringing the spirit of the Middle East revolutions to this Sunday’s Revolution In The 21st Century event.
Please join the protest outside the Zimbabwean embassy this Friday 11 March, 12 noon – 1.30pm, Zimbabwe Embassy, 429 Strand, London, WC2R 0JR.
Angry health workers and students took to the streets of the City of London yesterday (Wednesday) in a protest against cuts and Tory threats to privatise the NHS.
On Wednesday over 260 people packed into a meeting to oppose David Cameron’s recent attack on multiculturalism and Muslims.
Some 5,000 people marched on the Lib Dems' spring conference in Sheffield on Saturday.
The revolution in Libya stands at a crossroads. The uprising has deepened and radicalised the revolts sweeping the Arab world—but it is in danger of being compromised by Western intervention.
The great wave of revolution across the Middle East and North Africa is growing.
The Saudi royal family has been struck by the fear that what once seemed unthinkable now looks possible.
More than 30,000 people circled the state Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, last Saturday in a continued show of outrage against governor Scott Walker.
The cracks in the Egyptian state opened a little wider last week.
A court in Zimbabwe has freed 39 of 45 activists who were arrested after they met and watched a video about the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
Muslims are demonised for every ill in society. We are told that they refuse to fit in, don’t speak enough English, don’t adopt British values and harbour extremists.
University lecturers have voted for strikes. Some will strike in the week before 26 March.
The post-colonial order of feudal monarchs and military dictators is crumbling across North Africa and the Middle East, shaken by mass protests. "But only a Prozac-addicted optimist would put money on the emergence of anything resembling Western‑style democracy from the current revolutionary upheaval," according to historian Niall Ferguson.
The Tories want to destroy comprehensive education, weaken education unions and put children at the mercy of private, unaccountable groups. And they want to use billions of pounds of our money to do it.
The new BBC series The British at Work is infuriating.
In 1958 a 17-year old former street kid by the name of Pelé scored two goals against Sweden to help Brazil lift the World Cup.
The festival is showing 16 documentaries and five dramas. They include:
Here’s some fresh hip hop about how the collapse of the global markets affects ordinary people.
We are being attacked on all fronts. Now the Tories are after the pensions of some six million public sector workers.
Don’t delay resistance Ex-Labour minister and Con-Dem stooge Lord John Hutton finally unveiled his report on public sector pensions this week.
‘Black Calvin Klein underpants with a secret compartment attached to the waist-band’