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The Tories want to turn the clock back for working class people in Britain. They want to get rid of things that generations fought to win—pensions, the NHS, rights at work—forever.
Six socialists facing the death penalty for watching a video on the Middle East uprisings were released on bail by a Zimbabwean judge last week.
A strike ballot of cabin crew at British Airways ends on Monday of next week.
Driving examiners and administration workers in the Driving Standards Agency have voted for strikes over job losses and closures.
PCS union members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) were to begin a strike ballot this week against plans to cut jobs by over half, close regional offices and outsource key services.
Anti-nuclear protesters gathered outside Downing Street last Sunday. They called on the government to abandon plans to build new nuclear plants and close existing ones.
Teachers at a high school in Powys, Wales, are striking against compulsory redundancies. The NASUWT union members at Brecon High School struck on Thursday of last week.
Teachers at Tile Hill Wood School and Language College in Coventry struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to turn their school into an academy.
Suspended teacher Sue Caldwell was still awaiting her disciplinary hearing this week and the results of a solidarity ballot.
Activists in the Abortion Rights campaign met on Saturday for their annual general meeting. Kay Carberry, TUC assistant general secretary, spoke about the importance of trade unionists taking up the issue of a woman’s right to choose.
Management at the Initial cleaning company have suspended RMT union rep Clara Osagiede following an incident with a manager.
More than 200 people marched through Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis last Saturday against the closure of the island’s coastguard.
Connexions careers advice workers across north west England protested against cuts to their service on Wednesday of last week.
Postal workers took to the streets of Brighton to protest against privatisation last Saturday.
Workers at the Glasgow Asylum Support Project are continuing their battle against privatisation that will affect the lives of hundreds of asylum seekers.
Travellers and their supporters are preparing to defend families facing eviction from the Dale Farm site in Essex.
Health workers were to meet in London this week to set up a new network to resist the Tories’ cuts to the NHS.
Activists last week delivered a significant victory against attempts to divide the Muslim and LGBT communities in Tower Hamlets, east London.
The unfolding horror in Japan exposes one very stark truth—the extent to which our rulers are willing to let us die.
The biggest strike yet under the Tory government was to take place this week. Around 120,000 lecturers were to walk out on Thursday to defend their jobs, pay and pensions.
Students joined lecturers on picket lines across England on Tuesday of this week.
The TUC’s national march against cuts this Saturday will be historic.
Turn anger into action "We need to turn the enthusiasm of the march into real resistance.
Just four days after Saturday’s TUC march, teachers in two London boroughs are set to show how to take the battle against cuts forward.
A battle bus took to the streets of Tower Hamlets on Saturday.
Bosses have locked out hundreds of engineering construction workers at the Saltend Chemicals plant near Hull, in Yorkshire.
Blockade in Preston Around 30 residents of Avenham in Preston blockaded a Stagecoach bus depot (pictured above) on Thursday of last week.
Some 140 regulatory services workers at Barnet council have begun their industrial action against privatisation.
The crucial elections for the national executive of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, are to begin on Friday.
Sacked Merseyside firefighter Kevin Hughes has won an employment tribunal—but has yet to be reinstated.
Tory Minister for employment Chris Grayling has announced a major assault on health and safety at work.
On Monday MPs in the House of Commons debated the United Nations Security Council resolution authorising military intervention in Libya.
Royal Mail announced this week that it is to close down two large mail centres in south and east London. This will throw 1,000 workers on the dole or force them to move if they want to keep their jobs.
While the government claims there is no money to fund public services, it is prepared to spend millions of pounds on bombing Libya at a moment’s notice. These are some of the costs of going to war:
Activists are planning to ensure London has the spirit of the Arab revolutions this Saturday by taking over Trafalgar Square after the TUC’s demonstration.
More than seven out of ten PCS and Unison union members have cut the amount they spend on food to try to cope with the rising cost of living, a survey shows.
The family and friends of British reggae star Smiley Culture are demanding justice after he died in suspicious circumstances while in police custody.
Tory axeman Eric Pickles showed his true colours with a ranting speech to the hard right Young Britons’ Foundation last week.
Around 500 campaigners and homeless people protested against a Tory council’s plan to ban soup kitchens in central London last week.
Tory housing minister Grant Shapps is trying to abolish squatters’ rights.
MPs generously agreed to a pay freeze this week.
The government plans to scrap councils’ legal duty to run any libraries at all.
More than 1,500 workers are now losing their jobs every single day, new figures reveal.
The Tories plan to scrap crisis loans for essential household items at the end of this month, in a vicious attack on people facing destitution.
George Osborne said this was a budget for "growth". That’s true—but it’s growth in profits for the rich, growth in bankers’ bonuses and growth in unemployment.
Protesters demonstrated in central London this evening, Wednesday, in protest at Tory chancellor George Osborne’s budget.
Institute of Education Seven National Union of Teachers executive members visited UCU picket lines at the Institute of Education in central London to show their support.
UB40 band members Brian Travers and Jimmy Brown spoke out against unemployment at a Birmingham Against the Cuts press conference on Wednesday.
Could you give us a brief introduction to the boycott divestment sanctions (BDS) campaign and why you think it is so important?
How did Smiley Culture die? Around 1,000 people demanded the answer to this at an angry meeting in Brixton, south London, last night, Thursday.
A bus full of activists toured Tower Hamlets, east London, today (Friday) to raise support for the council workers’ and teachers’ strikes there next Wednesday.
At 2.20 yesterday morning, Bahraini and Saudi forces raided 20-year old Sayed Mahmood Shuber’s home in Jidali in Bahrain. They pointed guns at the heads of his family and abducted him. They beat him. He has now disappeared.
Over half a million people marched through London today in a magnificent outpouring of working class anger against the government.
Videos of the demonstration from Dominic Kavakeb which will be updated throughout the day.
More than 20,000 people are confirmed dead or missing in Japan. This is now the biggest disaster here—natural or otherwise—since the Second World War.
Japan is traumatised by the suffering and devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami.
The revolutions in the Middle East have thrown the imperial powers into crisis.
The shadow of imperialism has dominated Libya’s recent history.
The West’s interference in Libya began a new chapter this week.
The fact that the United Nations (UN) Security Council has voted to create a "no-fly zone" over Libya has led many to claim that West’s air attacks are legitimate.
Many people who are on the side of the Libyan uprising worry that we can’t just sit back and let it be crushed by Gaddafi’s forces.
Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by British and US forces are raining down on Libya.
David Cameron says he wants to support the Libyan rebels. But he has sanctioned arms sales to Gaddafi’s regime. In September last year Cameron authorised sales worth £3.2 million to Gaddafi.
Western military intervention in Libya is being sold to us as "humanitarian intervention" to defend the revolution.
Some 4,000 photographs and video clips have been discovered in the possession of US soldiers, depicting the murder, torture and humiliation of Afghan citizens.
I once challenged Muammar Gaddafi when he suggested that Libya could support revolutionary movements around the world while maintaining agreeable trading relations with world powers.
Following the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, the nuclear power industry has the almost impossible task of justifying its existence.
The governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has passed a bill to remove the trade union rights of some 175,000 workers in the US.
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There seems to be no let up in the economic crisis. How did we get into this mess?
There was a deceptive sense of normality in Cairo when I arrived there last week. At the airport, groups of tourists discussed the temperature in Luxor and arrangements for their tour. Roads were full of the usual traffic.
A single act of resistance in Tunisia last December sparked a revolt that has brought down two dictators and continues to sweep across the Middle East and North Africa.
Ahmed al-Sayyed, president of the Health Technicians Union
Kamal Abu Aita, president of the Property Tax Collectors Union
Route Irish is an engrossing thriller. Why base it around private security contractors?
When Fergus (Mark Womack) asks how his friend Frankie died on the Iraqi road codenamed Route Irish, his former bosses explain, "Wrong place, wrong time."
Kes (1970) Billy, an alienated working class boy in Barnsley, finds meaning in life as he cares for and trains a fledgling falcon.
Has the world gone mad? If you switch on your television and watch the news you could be forgiven for thinking so. We are faced with war, nuclear disaster and economic crisis.
The Tories’ attack on women is a big mistake In Huddersfield, like many towns and cities across Britain, we are facing the biggest cuts in public spending for generations.
‘We are worried sick, stressed, not sleeping through worry. There is a very real danger of throwing the disabled and their carers into poverty and removing their dignity’