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Dated: 25 Jun 2011




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We can win: 750,000 to strike in Britain

Strikes on 30 June can reshape British politics.


International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other

News

Pensioners heckle pensions minister for talking ‘codswallop’

Delegates to the national Pensioners Parliament in Blackpool heckled pensions minister Steve Webb yesterday, Wednesday.

Exclusive: Brothers who faced racist attack after EDL march talk to Socialist Worker

Two Muslim brothers were attacked and beaten close to their home in east London after a march by the racist English Defence League (EDL) last Saturday.

'I thought my brother might be dead'

Mohammed was beaten and kicked by up to 50 thugs while he lay on the ground. He has extensive bruising over his entire body.

Thousands flock to Love Music Hate Racism festival in Ramsgate

Resist racism - join the protests

Activists are organising to oppose the EDL’s plans for a summer of race hatred.

Union plans 'campaign of coordinated strikes'

Delegates at Unison’s local government conference in Manchester voted last Sunday to back a campaign of strikes to defend their pensions.

Should Unison back Labour councils if they set illegal ‘needs budgets’?

Conference debated what the union’s attitude should be to Labour councils that vote through cuts.

Conference delegates back council strikers

Doncaster Unison branch secretary Jim Board got a roar of applause as he told conference delegates that council workers there plan to join united strikes on 30 June.

30 June strike is the next step in battle to stop Tory attacks

The government has gone on an all out attack on the unions whose members have voted to strike on 30 June.

What you can do to support 30 June strikes

If your workplace is due to strike, hold meetings to mobilise for the action, argue with every member about why they should back the strike and organise to make the picket lines and protests big on the day.

30 June strikers: 'We're glad to be out together'

Union reps across the country are laying the ground for the biggest possible strike next week.

Exposed: the Tories are lying about pensions fight

Most workers didn’t vote for strikes. If workers strike, it won’t have a democratic mandate.

Francis Maude is the real money-grabber

Tory cabinet minister Francis Maude is leading the charge against public sector workers. He says they get good wages, lots of holidays and "gold‑plated" pensions.

Tube workers are ready to extend strikes for victimised rep

London Underground drivers struck in defence of victimised union rep Arwyn Thomas last Sunday, and they are prepared to take more action next week.

Council workers to join 30 June strikes

Hundreds of council workers in Southampton will join the united strikes on 30 June—as part of a week of walkouts.

Prospect conference moves to the left

The looming showdown on public sector pensions dominated last week’s one-day conference of the Prospect union’s civil service sector.

Newsquest journalists strike - and will again on 30 June

South London journalists working for Newsquest struck for two days last week over eight job cuts.

Bus workers battle to defend Upton Park depot

Stagecoach bosses are threatening to shut down Upton Park bus depot in east London.

Activists in Southwark organise to back 30 June strikes

Some 40 Southwark trade unionists from eight unions met on Thursday of last week to discuss the 30 June strikes.

Birthday bash for NHS

The Unite union is calling on health workers and activists across Britain to join a day of celebration of the NHS on its 63rd birthday—Tuesday 5 July.

Printers make an impact over jobs

Some 50 Unite union members at the Wyndeham Impact printers in Basingstoke are striking each week in defence of their terms, conditions and jobs.

Cabin crew ballot closes at British Airways

A ballot of cabin crew at British Airways (BA) is coming to a close. Crew have been voting on a deal agreed between their Unite union and BA bosses in a long‑running dispute over jobs, pay, conditions and union rights.

Fujitsu workers ballot to defend union rep

The ballot for strikes in defence of Unite union rep Alan Jenney at the Fujitsu IT firm in Crewe was set to end this week. The union believes Alan has been singled out for redundancy because of his activism.

Manchester transport workers face job cuts

A Unison union branch officer at Transport for Greater Manchester has been threatened with compulsory redundancy.

Hundreds rally to defend Esol

Hundreds marched and rallied to defend English for speakers of other languages (Esol) courses in east and south London last Sunday.

Strike and march to save jobs at Barnsley College

Some 200 lecturers in the UCU union at Barnsley College struck against job cuts on Friday of last week. They plan another four days of strikes this month and next.

Forest Hill teachers set to strike to save a job

NUT union members at Forest Hill School in Lewisham, south east London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week.

Islington teachers postpone strike

Teachers at the Islington Arts and Media School in north London struck on Wednesday of last week.

Action against academies spreads

Action against academy schools is snowballing.

Education workers vote for strikes on jobs, pay and pensions

Lecturers at Leeds College of Building have voted by 77 percent for strikes over attacks on jobs and pay.

Council workers are to join the action

Thousands of council workers in different parts of Britain could join the mass walkout next week.

Unison: get ready for united fight

"David Cameron—you ain’t seen nothing yet."

Birmingham council workers may strike too

Some 10,000 workers at Birmingham City Council, Britain’s biggest council, have voted by 76  percent for strikes.

Welfare reform will force 9,000 to move

The Tory welfare reform bill will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

Deportations threaten people’s lives

A man was rushed to hospital on Monday after slashing his own throat with a razor to stop his forced deportation to Jamaica by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Join protests for justice

Campaigners are set to protest against recent deaths in police custody next weekend. The March for Truth and Justice, called by the Campaign for Justice for Kingsley Burrell Brown, will take place in Birmingham next Saturday.

Bosses’ job claims are nonsense

The bosses’ CBI organisation gloated this week that the private sector would employ all the public sector workers losing their jobs.

School guilty of ‘discrimination’

A 13-year old black boy has taken on the system and won.

Hospitals face a cash crisis

Leicester hospitals are so short of cash that health bosses have warned staff they might not be paid in August.

Lack of fluid kills patients

Some 550 hospital patients in Scotland died from lack of fluid intake last year.

Protests on 30 June

Birmingham: 12 noon, Victoria SquareBristol: 11am from College GreenBrighton: 10.30am, the LevelCambridge: 12noon, Parkers Piece lCardiff: 12noon, City HallGlasgow: 12noon, George SquareLeeds: 12noon, City SquareLeicester: 11.30am, New Walk CentreLiverpool: 12 noon, St George’s PlateauLondon: 11.30am, Lincoln’s Inn FieldManchester: 11am All Saints ParkNewcastle: 1pm, MonumentNorwich:

800 meet to unite the resistance for 30 June strike

More than 800 people gathered at Friends Meeting House in central London last night, Wednesday, to rally against the government.

Sheltered housing residents express outrage at government cuts

Older people who live in sheltered housing in Sutton expressed their outrage at Tory cuts to their care and support today (Friday).

Videos of Unite the Resistance meeting in London

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International

Greek strikes can smash austerity

The global elite is panicking that the crisis in Greece could destabilise the whole European economy.

Some of the demonstrations that took place across Spain last Sunday:

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Women in Saudi Arabia find a vehicle for freedom

A campaign in Saudi Arabia to break the ban on women drivers began on Friday of last week.

Class politics can unite the Middle East

It is six months since the wave of revolts started sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. And the wave is far from over.

‘Humanitarian’ Nato bombs kill civilians and rebels

Bombing civilians in the name of saving civilians—that is the reality of Western intervention in Libya.

Million march against austerity across Spain

Around one million people took part in 50 demonstrations all over Spain against austerity, the bankers and the political system last Sunday.


Comment

Does winning over public opinion win strikes?

The mainstream media and politicians say that public opinion is against the strikes on 30 June.

Athens resistance sparks elite crisis

There are moments when the fundamental conflict defining capitalist society becomes visible for all to see. Athens on Wednesday of last week was one of them.


Features

Tony Cliff: a life in the struggle

Tony Cliff was one of the most remarkable individuals on the British left in the later 20th century. He spent his life in the struggle, from his early days as a Jewish revolutionary in occupied Palestine to when he came to Britain and founded the group that became the Socialist Workers Party.

'Cliff speaks on practically everything'

Shaun Doherty, a young teacher who had recently joined the International Socialists, was in Liverpool in 1972 when he first heard Tony Cliff speak.

Greece: ‘Strikes put rulers in turmoil’

Almost all of Greece’s public sector workforce took part in an enormous general strike which rocked the country’s government last Wednesday.

Voices from the Greek strikes and protests

‘It looked like a war zone’ Jess Hurd, in Athens

Jess Hurd's pictures of the Greek strikes and protests

HIV: why profit comes before treatment

There was an initial panic that HIV/Aids would cause a pandemic on the scale of the 14th century Black Death.


Reviews

War is a Lie

Does this sound familiar? A dictator is massacring his own people. He is a threat not only to the region, but also to us here in Britain.

Sirens: Not enough of paramedics’ real humour

The new comedy-drama Sirens is presented as a satirical look at working for the ambulance service.

The First Grader

As free primary education was reintroduced across Kenya in east Africa in 2003, an aging veteran of the country’s Mau Mau independence war against the British turned up at school.

Don’t Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime

This large photographic book, with pictures compiled by the author over 12 years, focuses on the youth of London’s inner-city.

West is West DVD

This long awaited sequel to East is East, set five years after the original, rejoins members of the dysfunctional Khan family.


What We Think

Workers are really 'all in it together'

Austerity is the mantra of bosses and politicians across Europe. They all agree.

Pensions - the Tory assault that targets all working people

The government’s Pensions Bill had its second reading in parliament on Monday of this week.


Other Categories

Brian Haw 1949-2011: peace activist and a thorn in the government’s side

Veteran peace activist Brian Haw, whose anti-war camp has been a fixture in Parliament Square for ten years, died last Sunday from lung cancer.

Tim's view

Tim: Feckless fatcats

Letters

Counting the human cost of Southern Cross It’s very distressing to read about the crisis at Southern Cross nursing homes (Socialist Worker, 11 June).

Quotes from the week's news

‘The reform fatigue is visible in the streets of Athens, Madrid and elsewhere’



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