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Sick of the wedding? Had enough William and Kate to last a lifetime? You’ll love our centre spread on the feckless royal scroungers who live it up on state benefits.
Why do we still have a monarchy? England led the way in abolishing the absolute rule of monarchy when King Charles I was executed on 30 January 1649.
Teachers in the NUT union will hold a national strike ballot over the Tory assault on their pensions—and aim to coordinate action with other public sector unions.
Some 250 NUT delegates discussed "Where next after 26 March?" at what was the biggest Friday night fringe meeting at NUT conference in years.
Yunus Bakhsh, the high profile nurse and activist who was unlawfully sacked for trade union activities, won reinstatement at an employment tribunal last week.
Health bosses are not the only ones who will find the judge’s ruling uncomfortable—national and regional leaders of the union Unison will be squirming too.
Locked out construction workers at Saltend in Hull have resumed their protests.
Hundreds of police swamped Brighton to facilitate an event by the far-right March for England (MFE) last Sunday.
Anti-fascist activists are working hard to ensure the defeat of British National Party (BNP) candidates in next week’s elections.
Teachers in Glasgow met with EIS union leaders last week to discuss cuts to pay and conditions, which the union is urging members to accept.
The inquest into Ian Tomlinson’s death concluded hearing evidence on Thursday of last week.
Some 2,500 workers at Lincolnshire council are to be balloted for strikes over job cuts—with all three council workers’ unions set to fight together.
Hundreds of council workers in Dundee walked out unofficially for the day on Thursday of last week after management reneged on an agreement.
Striking journalists at the North London & Herts Newspapers took their message to the streets in their first week of action, which began on Tuesday of last week.
A strike ballot of all London Underground drivers in the RMT union over the victimisation of reps was to end on Wednesday of this week.
Clean up the royal wedding As the royal family spend millions on William and Kate’s wedding, the people who will clean up after their party are on just £6.45 an hour.
Hundreds of people from across the Midlands are set to join with trade unionists on Saturday as part of a fight for jobs in Stoke-on-Trent.
Lecturers at Stirling University struck on Tuesday of this week in a battle to save jobs.
Left wing candidates did well at this year’s NUS student conference.
elections for the national executive of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, saw the United Left (UL) group make major gains.
Around 80 protesters marched into Hull Guildhall and invaded the council chamber on Thursday of last week. The protesters then debated alternatives to the cuts.
Voting continues in the elections for the national executive of the Unison union.
NHS campaigners across London are in a buoyant mood as they prepare for a major demonstration in May against the government’s health service "reforms".
Activists in Scotland continue to push for votes against the cuts ahead of next Thursday’s elections for the Scottish parliament.
A doctor who runs a sparsely-supported campaign in support of the government’s health "reforms" has been revealed as a leading Tory—and the head of a body that expects to profit from the changes.
Trade unionists in Lancashire have given their backing to independent socialist councillor Michael Lavalette, who is standing for re-election in Preston’s town centre ward.
Delegates at NUT conference voted unanimously to fight plans to turn schools into academies and free schools. The debate showed the understanding among teachers that these schools are about turning schools into businesses – and the widespread determination to resist.
The Blair Peach award was given out for the first time at this year’s NUT conference. Fittingly, the award was made on the 32nd anniversary of Blair’s death, on Saturday 23 April.
Teachers crammed into an Education for Liberation fringe meeting organised by the Socialist Teachers Alliance on Saturday.
Delegates passed a motion condemning the impact of government cuts on Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision and warned that the cuts, combined with the proliferation of academies and free schools, threatened the chances of children with SEN being taught in mainstream schools.
Delegates also condemned rising workloads, stress and bullying in schools. They passed a motion to "support action, up to and including industrial action" in cases where teachers faced excessive lesson observations. Delegates noted that cuts would make the situation worse and backed strikes over workload too.
Delegates showed solidarity with people fighting back in Britain and around the world.
The possibility of a mass strike involving nearly a million workers on 30 June came one step closer this week.
The Syrian government’s crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations will not keep the country’s people silent.
Seven young Bahraini citizens training to be commercial pilots in Britain have been ordered to return to their home country and present themselves to the government’s Gulf Aviation Authority (GAA).
Some 700 leaked US government files about Guantanamo Bay show the brutality and paranoia at the heart of the regime.
The press has dubbed disturbances in Bristol on Thursday of last week the "Tesco riots"—but the explosion of anger I witnessed went far beyond that.
Police are attempting to spin their version of how reggae artist Smiley Culture died during a raid on his home last month.
The media discovered the issue of sectarianism in Scotland last week after letter bombs were sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon, the lawyer Paul McBride and Trish Godman MSP.
Activists are rallying around Bryan Simpson, a Glasgow student arrested last year after protesting against the government’s raising of tuition fees.
RBS banker Stephen Hester took home a £7.7million pay package last week—even though the bank has cut more than 9,000 jobs.
This year May Day celebrations around the country are coming together with anti-cuts campaigns. Here are some of this weekend’s events:
Police are using the royal wedding as an excuse to take their revenge on activists. They have launched a major crackdown over the past week—including raids on squats and social centres, arrests and fresh charges for protesters.
Truck drivers have shut down the world’s biggest port—for five days.
A strike by more than 90,000 government workers has paralysed Botswana in southern Africa for more than a week.
Voting started this month for elections in the Indian state of West Bengal.
A damning new report confirms human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan government during the last months of its war against the Tamil Tigers.
The Tories want to get rid of the May Day bank holiday—and replace it with a day later in the year when we can "celebrate Britain".
Hardened boosters of capitalism must be tempted to dismiss the global economic and financial crisis as history.
They live in a palaceYou hand them £180 million every year...and now they want YOU to pay for their wedding
Thousands have been killed in recent months. Who is behind the killings?
‘There hasn’t been a major breakthrough for the struggles from below since Laurent Gbagbo came to power in 2000.
There is no "mission creep" in the Western intervention in Libya. What is happening is "mission reveal".
President Ali Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for 32 years, announced last Saturday that he intended to stand down in 30 days.
Thousands of workers in Egypt continue to hold strikes and sit-ins as they fight for their rights under the new regime.
Bob Marley is a towering musical talent who popularised reggae around the world. But he is often lost in his own fame.
This exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in east London presents over 25 years of work from British photographer Paul Graham.
Budrus is the name of a village in Palestine on the border with Israel. The Israeli government planned for the apartheid wall to be built through Budrus—but not for the resistance that followed.
As the film opens with women clocking into a large textile factory this looks like a gritty French version of Made in Dagenham.
It looked like the rulers across the Middle East and North Africa might fall like nine-pins in January and February.
The Tories are calling the Liberal Democrats "whingers" and "yapping dogs". The Liberals are calling the Tories liars.
Greece is being buffeted around in the financial markets as speculation grows that it will default on its huge debts.
Government cuts will ghettoise sick people I have been following your coverage of the damage being caused by government cuts and it is clear that this is only the start.
‘There were four or five of us who knew that our friends were digging a tunnel from the outside. When the time came, we opened doors for friends in other rooms’