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Last week’s elections showed the depth of opposition to its attacks. Most of the electoral fallout hit Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg.
Around 200 activists packed into a meeting in London on Thursday of last week called by the Defend the Right to Protest group.
Senior police officers failed to pass on vital information that showed Ian Tomlinson was pushed and batoned by a police officer minutes before he died, it has been revealed.
Babar Ahmad has told a court how Metropolitan Police officers in the TSG beat him so badly that he thought he was going to die.
Workers at recycling sites in West Yorkshire struck on Wednesday of last week over allegations of bullying and intimidation by managing company Sita.
Workers at Southampton City Council have voted to strike to stop bosses forcing through pay cuts.
Tenants from many towns and cities discussed the next steps in their fight at a Defend Council Housing (DCH) national meeting in London last Saturday.
Over 300 Unison members at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have voted by a massive 73 percent for strike to halt compulsory redundancies.
Striking at Sinfin Community School Teachers at Sinfin Community School in Derbyshire were on the picket lines on Wednesday and Thursday of last week to stop compulsory redundancies.
Teachers in four schools were set to strike this week against plans to turn their schools into academies.
Lecturers in the UCU union are preparing for strikes to defend their pensions.
Students occupied London Metropolitan University against bosses’ plans to axe 70 percent of all the courses at the college. John Hughes, a sociology and international development student, told Socialist Worker, "Senior management have no respect for staff and students here.
UCU union members are balloting for strikes at South Tyneside College over jobs cuts and pay.
Workers at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) were to stage a one-hour walkout on Wednesday of this week.
Hundreds of Connexions workers in Birmingham struck on Wednesday of last week.
Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) were set to attend a mass meeting on Thursday of this week to finally hear about their Unite union’s discussions with BA bosses.
Newsquest South West London Journalists at Newsquest South West London have voted unanimously to ballot for strikes after passing a vote of no confidence in their editors.
Elections to the PCS national executive saw a victory for the centre-left Democracy Alliance slate.
The PCS group executive in the Revenue and Customs department last week voted to enter talks with bosses over imposed changes in attendance policy.
Disabled activists are getting organised and fighting back against cuts.
The third national week of action against Atos got off to a flying start in Edinburgh on Monday.
Marchers take to the streets of Slough A new anti-cuts group, Windsor and Slough Against the Cuts, held its first march last Saturday.
An event to discuss the death of Smiley Culture attracted over 100 people in south London last Saturday.
Britain’s 1,000 richest people saw their wealth soar by an incredible £60 billion last year.
The Tories are offering rich individuals, funded by their rich families, a fast-track to their privileged future.
The King of Bahrain has announced that the state of emergency imposed in March will end by the start of June.
Renewable energy sources could supply 80 percent of the world’s energy within 40 years if governments choose them.
Tory Nadine Dorries wants 13 to 16-year old girls to receive abstinence-based sex education in schools.
Reports were emerging as Socialist Worker went to press of a deal that would see next week’s planned strike by tube drivers called off.
The campaign to reinstate Unite union convenor on Sovereign buses, Abdul Omer Mohsin, has been reinvigorated in the past two weeks—a year after his sacking.
Greek workers joined a general strike against austerity on Wednesday as their government tried to renegotiate the terms of its bailout.
A hugely successful one-day general strike took place in Italy on Friday of last week, called by Italy’s largest union, the CGIL.
Local doctors are so frustrated with the government’s NHS "reforms" that they are leaving general practice in droves.
Postal workers in London are starting a strike ballot after bosses rejected union plans to save jobs.
Union plans for coordinated strikes to defend pensions are getting a great response from workers across Britain.
Some 400 construction workers have been locked out of their jobs for two months.
A Policy Exchange report quoted in the Telegraph this week claims that public sector workers are 40 percent better off than private sector ones.
Teachers in the NUT and NASUWT unions struck at Shorefields Technology College today, Wednesday, against plans to turn the school into an academy.
Up to 5,000 disabled people marched on parliament today.
Members of Bassa, the British Airways cabin crew section of the Unite union, have voted to be balloted over a new offer from BA management.
Hannah Dee and others speaking at the 200-strong Defend the Right to Protest meeting in London on Thursday 5 May
The polls had predicted that the Scottish National Party (SNP) would win last week’s Scottish elections—but no one anticipated the scale of Labour’s defeat.
The fascist British National Party’s (BNP) electoral strategy is in tatters.
The elections saw people looking to the strongest mainstream alternative to the government across the UK. That meant that there were disappointments for many left of Labour candidates.
‘My eight years as an elected councillor in Preston came to an end last week. I got 39 percent of the vote, but lost by just over 100 votes.
Riots are one of the most dramatic ways that ordinary people can leap onto the stage of history. People who feel invisible most of their lives become the centre of attention.
Sixty one refugees died on a boat fleeing Libya in late March after European military vessels refused to help, it has emerged.
Yemen’s dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh has reneged on a promise to step down. But thousands of people are still on the streets in the capital Sanaa.
The uprising in Syria against Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues despite repression that has reportedly claimed some 800 lives.
The ten-day public sector strike paralysing Botswana in southern Africa has been extended indefinitely.
Palestinians have given a new twist to the slogans of the Arab revolutions.
The legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye famously asked, "What’s Going On?" His 1971 album examined the US’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
Cairo, 1 May. Some 3,000 doctors spilled out of the Doctors’ Union, intensely debating whether to call for a national strike over pay and health funding. In nearby Tahrir Square, the Minister of Labour watched uncomfortably from the stage as thousands of chanting workers surged past him in the swelling May Day rally.
Defending pensions provides an opportunity for joint public sector strikes—but it is worth being clear what sort of pensions we want to defend.
Immigration is the latest issue to expose the instability of the European Union (EU). Together with countries’ debt problems, it reveals how the world economic crisis is putting strain on the union.
Aliens have invaded a south London council estate. But instead of the army or police dealing with the threat, a local gang of teenagers take it upon themselves.
This art project connects and compares the experiences of young people from working class areas of Paris and London.
Socialist Worker doesn’t usually recommend you watch this festival of cheesy Europop.
You will probably have seen Ed Hall’s work before on demonstrations and picket lines.
According to Labour leader Ed Miliband, "This Conservative-led government has been sent a very clear message by the British people about the policies they’re pursuing for which they don’t have a mandate."
He went down in a hail of bullets while firing an AK-47—too fanatical to capture.
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