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Saturday’s march was magnificent. Certainly well over half a million marched, showing the depth of the bitter anger at Cameron and Clegg’s cuts.
More than 100,000 lecturers struck last week. It was the biggest strike yet under David Cameron’s government—and it showed two things.
Hundreds of students and lecturers gathered outside parliament on the strike day, in protest at cuts to English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) provision.
Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) have voted by more than 83 percent for strikes.
Workers in Birmingham council are moving towards a strike against the cuts. Unison union reps have requested that their union start a ballot on 3 May. They told some 1,000 members the news on the coaches home from Saturday’s TUC protest.
Sutton council plans to sack all of its full-time care workers in a sheltered housing complex. People will be left to employ private care by the hour.
The threat of strikes has defended jobs and conditions at Glasgow City Council.
More than one million workers have the chance to vote in elections for the national executive of Unite, Britain’s biggest union.
Stagecoach managers at the East London Bus Group have offered drivers’ union reps another day of talks over proposals to slash pay by 15 percent or sack 250 drivers.
Hundreds of workers protested on Monday of this week in solidarity with workers locked out of the Saltend biofuel construction site in Hull, east Yorkshire.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) call centre workers have voted decisively for strikes over working conditions.
The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) has backed a protest against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Blackburn this Saturday.
Liverpool conference on fighting fascism and Islamophobia. Called by Merseyside UAF and Merseyside LMHR in partnership with the Anthony Walker Foundation. With Max Levitas, veteran of the 1936 Battle of Cable Street.
In a U-turn, the Scottish teachers’ EIS union has asked its members to accept a two-year pay freeze and sweeping changes to conditions.
The Unite union is campaigning to defend Phil Tepper, a rep at the Fujitsu IT company in Manchester. He faces a charge of gross misconduct.
Teachers at a Liverpool secondary school were set to strike on Wednesday of this week.
Power control room staff on London Underground are balloting for strikes over pay grade progression.
London firefighters came together to support their suspended colleague Sian Griffiths on Wednesday of last week.
The biggest trade union demonstration Britain has ever seen took place last Saturday. It was an incredible sight. Well over half a million people marched. Banners, placards and balloons filled the streets.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators surged into the rally in Hyde Park. More than 20 speakers addressed the crowd—and the biggest cheers went to those putting forward a militant message.
A new left wing electoral coalition is fighting for a seat on the Glasgow List for the Scottish Parliament in the election on 5 May.
A key battle against the cuts was set to take place across two London boroughs this week.
Health workers were set to take action against NHS cuts this week. This comes after tens of thousands of NHS staff took to the streets on last Saturday’s TUC demonstration.
Curbs on wages and high inflation means that the average British worker takes home £1,088 less in real terms than two years ago.
Bailed out bank Northern Rock is to axe another 680 jobs—more than a quarter of its workforce.
Two Tory council candidates were caught posing with "golliwog" toys on Facebook.
Only 12,000 students will be eligible for the replacement for the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Previously, 618,000 qualified for support.
Tower Hamlets Teachers and council workers struck across Tower Hamlets, east London, today, Wednesday. They are fighting 500 job cuts that will hit everything from social services to schools and youth workers.
‘Saturday was extraordinarily uplifting and inspirational. I marched with the PCS contingent and took two hours to get from Waterloo Bridge to Big Ben.
Bahraini students who study in Britain have had their scholarships and financial support revoked by their government.
The press, police and politicians released a howl of rage after the demonstration.
Libya’s rebels have gained ground from Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in the last week following Western airstrikes.
Mass protests have rocked the Syrian regime. The cabinet resigned on Tuesday and the "state of emergency" legislation is to be lifted.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Yemen on the "Friday of Departure" last week calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. There were protests in the capital, Sana’a.
More than a month after the outbreak of the Libyan Revolution, the UN Security Council (after discussion of the Libyan issue in secret meetings) has imposed a No-Fly Zone. The Security Council has chosen military intervention as its first step, without even preceding it by attempts to provide humanitarian aid or weapons to the rebels. A number of states then announced their readiness to begin the military operations, which began yesterday.
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More than a thousand people demonstrated against the racist English Defence League (EDL) in Blackburn on Saturday.
The Portuguese government collapsed last week as economic crisis and resistance to austerity continued to create casualties across Europe.
A political earthquake shook Germany on Sunday. The first Green head of a federal state was elected in Baden-Württemberg.
The crisis in Japan is deepening as millions grapple with the devastating effect of the recent earthquake and tsunami, and the nuclear crisis that followed.
Western intervention in Libya has caused some divisions on the genuine left. This isn’t surprising. If we look at the Arab world, a combination of the widespread loathing of Muammar Gaddafi and support for the revolutions has limited opposition to the use of Western firepower against his forces.
Since my last column, the environmentalist George Monbiot has dropped his conditional support for nuclear power. He now argues that the nuclear disaster at Fukushima has convinced him that nuclear power is the only option to avoid climate change and meet the country’s energy needs.
Tory chancellor George Osborne wants to merge National Insurance and income tax into one new tax. He argues this will "simplify" the tax system.
Every revolution is a flowering of the creative energy of people who have just discovered their power to change the world. New parties spring up out of nowhere and the political map is constantly redrawn.
The government’s budget last week was an assault on the poor. It was a budget for more cuts, more privatisation and more attacks.
The Tories are relaxing planning regulations. Their claims of being the "greenest government ever" are an excuse to throw extra money at the nuclear industry.
George Osborne was keen to point out he will raise the personal tax allowance from £7,475 to more than £8,105 in April 2012. This means you can earn more before you pay tax. It is a con.
Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen are two sisters from the Midlands trying to find individual fulfilment in the early years of the 20th century.
Fabrizio is the son of a rich bourgeois family who is drawn to the politics of the huge Italian Communist Party in the early 1960s.
The British Film Institute’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
SWP members in South Wales were saddened to hear last week of the death of Terry James.
Is it wrong to be against the West’s war in Libya? Socialist Worker has argued consistently against military intervention by Western countries, and I have always agreed.
‘If we keep doing this we won’t find anything to bloody disagree on in the bloody TV debate’