Dated: 28 May 2011
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The mass protests that have erupted across Spain against austerity and corruption are an inspiration to people fighting back everywhere.
The social-democratic government in Spain has suffered its worst local and regional election result under democracy. It lost 1.5 million votes, polling just 27 percent. Its support, once massive, has collapsed after it adopted harsh austerity measures in response to the economic crisis.
Tens of thousands of protesters in towns and cities across Spain have flooded onto the streets.
Mass assemblies take place in the camps every evening. They involve everyone present.
Young people are at the centre of the dramatic Spanish revolt that exploded a week before last Sunday’s municipal and regional elections.
Solidarity protests have sprung up in towns and cities across Britain.
Two of the racist gang members suspected of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence are to go on trial this November—18 years after his death.
The battle to find the killers of Stephen Lawrence transformed public opinion about the police and state institutions.
Tory cuts threaten to destroy thousands of education jobs—and drive working class people out of education.
Lecturers at Barnsley College were stunned to be told on Thursday of last week that at least 31 of us were facing compulsory redundancy. This is on top of 19 voluntary redundancies, so 25 percent of lecturers would go in total.
Lecturers at London Metropolitan University started a ballot for strikes on Monday. If they vote yes, workers could be out on strike next month.
Members of the UCU union at Sheffield College took part in six days of strikes last week.
Delegates to the FBU firefighters’ union conference last week backed a national strike over pensions—just not yet.
The TSSA rail workers’ union conference finished just before the McNulty Report on the railways was published last week.
Delegates to the PCS civil service workers’ union met last week in the charged atmosphere of resistance to government cuts (see page 16).
Over 100 people packed into a fringe meeting about the victimisation of union reps.
Postal workers in London have voted to strike against closures, with 79 percent in favour of action on a
The mood at the CWU union conference in Bournemouth was lifted when delegates voted unanimously to support the call for a general strike. This makes it the fifth union to do so.
Postal workers, their families and supporters protested outside the Mount Pleasant centre in central London last week against the planned closure of the workplace nursery.
More than 30 pickets and supporters gathered outside Selwyn primary school in Waltham Forest, east London, on Tuesday of this week.
Teachers at Forest Hill school in Lewisham, south east London, will begin a strike ballot on Wednesday of this week against a compulsory redundancy.
NUT members at Islington Arts and Media School were set to strike on Thursday of this week.
Teachers at Highgate Wood school in Crouch End struck on Thursday of last week against plans to force them to work extra hours.
More than 50 strikers picketed Bowland Community High School in Lancashire on Friday of last week as they took action against it becoming an academy.
Teachers in Scotland got a glimpse of the changes their employers would like to force on them this week when a document from the councils’ umbrella organisation Cosla was leaked.
Bus drivers working on National Express at the East Dock Street depot in Dundee walked out unofficially over working conditions on Thursday of last week.
RMT transport union members on the Heathrow Express are set to strike on Friday and Saturday of this week over pay.
Hundreds of people took part in a conference on confronting anti-Muslim racism on Saturday in east London.
Thousands of British Airways (BA) workers are in the process of balloting over a new deal in their two-year dispute.
Pressure is mounting on the government after the PCS civil service workers’ union voted last week to ballot for strikes on 30 June.
Conversations are happening across Tower Hamlets to organise 30 June strikes. "I’ll phone these two schools and visit this one."
Debs Gwynn is the NUT equalities officer for St Helen’s district. She told Socialist Worker that the ballot has galvanised teachers.
The UCU union goes into its Congress this weekend in the midst of several national disputes and on the back of a national strike on 24 March.
Council workers in Southampton launched a campaign of indefinite industrial action this week over pay cuts.
Five police officers in Edmonton, north London, face the sack after smashing their way into a car to arrest the driver.
The family of Michael Sweeney, a 37 year old scaffolder, have demanded an inquiry into his death.
People from ethnic minorities are 42 times more likely to be stopped and searched under anti-terror laws, it has been revealed.
PC Simon Harwood, the riot cop who shoved Ian Tomlinson before he died, will face trial for manslaughter.
A coal miner’s life is worth 22p. That was the verdict of the inquiry into the death of a miner from Rhondda, south Wales, under a government scheme to compensate former pitmen who suffered from lung disease because of their work.
Several Bahraini people living in Britain are being forced to sign documents pledging their loyalty to the king of Bahrain and promising not to protest.
The publication of the inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland solicitor Rosemary Nelson in 1999 continues the state cover-up of her death.
"It’s hard working at British Airways at the moment. Crew are scared to talk to each other because someone could report them to management for saying the wrong thing. Then they might be suspended.
Four severely disabled people have struck a blow to Birmingham City Council’s plans to slash its adult social care budget.
CWU postal conference has unanimously voted for postal workers nationally to actively support CWU members in London. London has just voted to strike against closures and redundancies.
Over 400 Barnsley College lecturers and students demonstrated through the south Yorkshire town yesterday, Wednesday, to protest at a threat to make 25 percent of the college’s lecturers redundant.
Teachers at Islington Arts and Media School in north London struck today, Thursday, against management plans to impose compulsory redundancies on four workers.
The UK border Agency is trying to deport a gay man back to Tanzania in east Africa where he faces arrest and persecution.
An indignant people won’t be moved! Felip Puig must resign!
We condemn the decision to refer journalists Hossam el-Hamalawy and Reem Maged for questioning by military judges on Tuesday 31 May in relation to their discussion of violations of human rights by the Egyptian military police and the ruling Supreme Military Council on Reem’s political talkshow which aired on ONTV on 26 May 2011.
Women are playing a vital role in the uprising in Syria.
Over 48,000 people marched in Prague last week against cuts. The protest was organised by the CMKOS and ASO union federations, and the anti-cuts ProAlt initiative.
A second national strike by doctors affected outpatient services in hospitals across Egypt on Tuesday of last week.
Justice secretary Ken Clarke’s comments about rape rightly caused an outcry last week.
Barack Obama made a speech on the Middle East on Thursday of last week.
Labour Party leaders generally don’t like bothering to set out socialist philosophy. The very idea is considered a bit vulgar, and likely to put off voters. Traditionally they have tended to presume that all that was necessary was to show people that Labour had plans for a better, more prosperous Britain than the Tories.
Many say that if the government’s health and social care bill were passed in its present form it would mean the end of the NHS as we know it. Does that overstate the threat?
The Plot Against the NHS is a fascinating book and is essential reading for anyone who is trying to understand what is happening to our health service. It goes through the moves that successive governments have made to introduce the market into the NHS.
the writer and activist Tariq Ali once said that 1968 was the year when "politics and culture were united".
The austerity plans of Europe’s elite are devastating lives, pushing economies further into crisis—and sparking mass protests.
The bombing of Libya’s capital Tripoli has intensified. Across Libya, civilians are dying in massive Nato air attacks as well as in bombardments by Gaddafi’s regime.
Resistance to the Tories’ war on ordinary people is springing up everywhere. It’s there in the huge marches, such as the one organised by the TUC in March, and in smaller protests, such as those targeting businesses or councils.
‘If he hadn’t taken out a super-injunction, no one would have known about this relationship’