Dated: 23 Apr 2011
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David Cameron feels support draining away and he’s fighting back by sinking into the politics of the gutter—with a speech scapegoating immigrants.
Trade unions on London Underground are furious with management’s planned pay deal. The right wing media has produced shrieks of outrage at this, but the unions are entirely in the right.
Six Zimbawean activists are continuing to campaign against treason charges following their arrest at a meeting where they showed a video about the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.
Hundreds protested against cuts to Connexions careers advice services in Hull last Saturday.
Protesters have held a "swim-in" to save Rhodesway Pool in Allerton, Bradford.
Staff and students at Villiers High school in Southall, west London ended last term on a high.
Teachers at a Warwickshire school have voted for strikes to defend sacked teacher Tony Souter in an indicative ballot.
management are trying to cut costs in several schools in Camden, north London—provoking disputes.
There is growing anger among Scottish teachers over an awful deal supported by their union.
Redundancies resulting from government cuts are everywhere in higher and further education.
Lecturers at South Tyneside College have voted to ballot for strikes to defend jobs and pay.
Residents in Preston’s Town Centre ward showed their support for socialist councillor Michael Lavalette as he campaigned for re-election last Sunday.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is standing 180 candidates across 55 local authorities in England in the 5 May local elections.
Elections to the Scottish parliament on 5 May offer the possibility of a breakthrough for the left.
Ray Holmes is a socialist councillor in Shirebrook North West in Bolsover, Derbyshire. He’s standing for re-election next month and is backed by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).
The fascist British National Party (BNP) launched its election manifesto in Stoke-on-Trent last Sunday.
A council worker in Ashfield , Nottinghamshire, has got his job back—with a little help from co-workers who walked out as his appeal was being heard.
Council workers in Southampton have begun a strike ballot against the Tory-run council’s plan to sack workers unless they sign up to pay cuts.
Vehicle maintenance engineers in the Unite union at Lancashire County Council struck on Wednesday of last week against cuts to their conditions as part of a "single status" job evaluation.
Some 2,000 GMB union members at Nottingham City Council have voted by six to one for industrial action in an indicative ballot over pay.
Transport workers in Manchester are to ballot for strikes against compulsory redundancies. One in seven of the Unison members at Transport for Greater Manchester—formerly GMPTE—face losing their jobs.
The Scottish Council of the Unison union has backed the call for a general strike.
Nine Journalists at North London & Herts Newspapers started a two week strike on Tuesday.
Cameroonian journalist Charles Atangana has won his campaign to remain in Britain.
Revenue & Customs vote for strikes PCS civil service workers’ union members in the Revenue and Customs department have voted for strikes over imposed changes to attendance policy.
The Unite union will not call strikes at British Airways (BA) this month, it has announced. It has agreed to continue talks with BA bosses instead.
The fight of some 400 construction workers who are locked out at Saltend in Hull, Yorkshire, is at a crucial point.
The National Union of Students (NUS) last week held its first national conference since the explosive student protests of November and December.
The inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died after being shoved by PC Harwood at G20 demonstrations in April 2009, continued last week.
The high court ruled last week that the police tactic of "kettling" was unlawful during the G20 demonstrations.
A national strike by around 7,000 call centre workers on Monday, demanding better conditions and public services, was a big success.
Racism, sexism and homophobia are deeply entrenched in our society. While many people reject these ideas, many others don’t.
Tens of thousands of angry school workers joined the TUC demonstration in London on 26 March. It transformed the feeling about the possibility of resisting the cuts. This will be reflected at the NUT teachers’ union annual conference this weekend.
The seaside town of Hastings on England’s south coast was hit by a wave of protest last week. More than 300 people marched against cuts.
Thousands of NHS workers in the Unite union could join teachers, lecturers and civil service workers in a strike against the Tories’ attack on public sector pensions.
The first steps to achieve a mass strike in Britain were taken last week.
A range of protesters laid siege to oil company BP’s annual general meeting in east London last week.
The Tories are in crisis over the NHS. There is significant opposition to health secretary Andrew Lansley’s plans to hand over services to his fat cat friends.
Thousands of patients are waiting in agony because health bosses have cancelled their operations, leaders of Britain’s surgeons have revealed.
Many Londoners will have been shocked and maybe a bit frightened by the news that the capital’s ambulance service is to cut 890 jobs over the next five years.
"If we don’t get answers, what do we do? We march every day, we stop the roads, we stop going to work and come to them!"
As more universities declare their fees levels, the government’s "progressive" plans are disintegrating.
Delegates to the ATL teaching union’s conference have backed coordinated strikes to defend pensions.
The Ministry of Defence must release some information on people held or captured by British forces in Afghanistan, according to an administrative appeals tribunal ruling.
over 300 people protested outside the John Snow pub in London’s Soho area on Friday of last week.
The director of public prosecutions, Kier Starmer, has advised 20 climate activists to appeal against their convictions.
Hundreds of people from across the Midlands are set to join with trade unionists on Saturday of next week as part of a fight for jobs in Stoke on Trent.
Journalists at the North London & Herts Newspapers took their message to the streets in their first week of strikes, which began on Tuesday.
A strike by tens of thousands of government workers has paralysed Botswana in southern Africa since Monday.
Hundreds of council workers in Dundee walked out unofficially today when their management reneged on a temporary worker agreement. The workers include the council’s joiners, painters, plumbers, scaffolders and others who carry out essential work in the city.
A judge at an employment tribunal this week ordered the reinstatement of Yunus Bakhsh, the high profile nurse and activist who was sacked illegally for his trade union activities.
The euphoria that greeted Western intervention in Libya has given way to deep suspicion as the fighting drags on.
Yemen Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded towns and cities across Yemen last Sunday.
The environmentalist George Monbiot has recently spent his time attacking anti-nuclear campaigners. He claims they misrepresent scientific research and lie about the health risks of radiation.
The American Civil War began 150 years ago this month when forces bombarded Fort Sumter, a government base in South Carolina. Some claim the war between Northern and Southern US states was about the rights of states. In reality, it was a conflict between two different ways of organising society.
More and more people are worried about the environment. Despite the efforts of climate sceptics, people can see that climate change is causing havoc around the world.
The Tories have launched an all-out attack on disabled people in Britain. As the economic crisis continues to bite, they have turned on people they consider are not making their contribution to society.
"I’ve got a degree and a qualification in law. But it took me over a year to get an interview for a job.
The Tory and media smear campaign against benefit "fraudsters" deliberately confuses fitness to work with disability. They want us to believe that only the "genuinely disabled" are unable to work.
Those of us who were consumed by the first series of Danish television thriller The Killing will have to wait until the autumn for series two.
Every holiday has its traditions. A key one is that there must be a new children’s film to wile away the money from parents on every school break.
The Turner Contemporary gallery opened in Margate last week. A brand new art gallery on the seafront, it rises from the site of the lodging house where JMW Turner lived and worked.
Lines is a clever play about the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in London in 2009.
The Red Stuff Shop is proud to announce a new range of memorabilia in preparation for the Marriage of Convenience 2011. Get your anti-royal wedding bunting, mugs, stickers, badges and more.
Joan Miro is one of the supreme artists of the 20th century and the current exhibition of his work at the Tate Modern is a wonderful experience.
Austerity doesn’t work. The Greeks tried it—and they are now in danger of defaulting on their loans. Portugal tried it—and it has now had to ask for a bailout of up to 80 billion euros.
The media want us to believe that the revolutionary wave is over—that Tunisia and Egypt were the end of it, not the start.
‘Increasingly Goebbels-like’Energy secretary Chris Huhne attacks Tory Baroness Warsi’s campaigning against the AV voting system