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Strikes on 30 June can reshape British politics.
Delegates to the national Pensioners Parliament in Blackpool heckled pensions minister Steve Webb yesterday, Wednesday.
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.
Mohammed was beaten and kicked by up to 50 thugs while he lay on the ground. He has extensive bruising over his entire body.
Activists are organising to oppose the EDL’s plans for a summer of race hatred.
Delegates at Unison’s local government conference in Manchester voted last Sunday to back a campaign of strikes to defend their pensions.
Conference debated what the union’s attitude should be to Labour councils that vote through cuts.
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.
The government has gone on an all out attack on the unions whose members have voted to strike on 30 June.
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.
Union reps across the country are laying the ground for the biggest possible strike next week.
Most workers didn’t vote for strikes. If workers strike, it won’t have a democratic mandate.
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.
London Underground drivers struck in defence of victimised union rep Arwyn Thomas last Sunday, and they are prepared to take more action next week.
Hundreds of council workers in Southampton will join the united strikes on 30 June—as part of a week of walkouts.
The looming showdown on public sector pensions dominated last week’s one-day conference of the Prospect union’s civil service sector.
South London journalists working for Newsquest struck for two days last week over eight job cuts.
Stagecoach bosses are threatening to shut down Upton Park bus depot in east London.
Some 40 Southwark trade unionists from eight unions met on Thursday of last week to discuss the 30 June strikes.
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.
Some 50 Unite union members at the Wyndeham Impact printers in Basingstoke are striking each week in defence of their terms, conditions and jobs.
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.
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.
A Unison union branch officer at Transport for Greater Manchester has been threatened with compulsory redundancy.
Hundreds marched and rallied to defend English for speakers of other languages (Esol) courses in east and south London last Sunday.
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.
NUT union members at Forest Hill School in Lewisham, south east London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week.
Teachers at the Islington Arts and Media School in north London struck on Wednesday of last week.
Action against academy schools is snowballing.
Lecturers at Leeds College of Building have voted by 77 percent for strikes over attacks on jobs and pay.
Thousands of council workers in different parts of Britain could join the mass walkout next week.
"David Cameron—you ain’t seen nothing yet."
Some 10,000 workers at Birmingham City Council, Britain’s biggest council, have voted by 76 percent for strikes.
The Tory welfare reform bill will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.
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).
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.
The bosses’ CBI organisation gloated this week that the private sector would employ all the public sector workers losing their jobs.
A 13-year old black boy has taken on the system and won.
Leicester hospitals are so short of cash that health bosses have warned staff they might not be paid in August.
Some 550 hospital patients in Scotland died from lack of fluid intake last year.
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More than 800 people gathered at Friends Meeting House in central London last night, Wednesday, to rally against the government.
Older people who live in sheltered housing in Sutton expressed their outrage at Tory cuts to their care and support today (Friday).
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The global elite is panicking that the crisis in Greece could destabilise the whole European economy.
A campaign in Saudi Arabia to break the ban on women drivers began on Friday of last week.
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.
Bombing civilians in the name of saving civilians—that is the reality of Western intervention in Libya.
Around one million people took part in 50 demonstrations all over Spain against austerity, the bankers and the political system last Sunday.
The mainstream media and politicians say that public opinion is against the strikes on 30 June.
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.
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.
Shaun Doherty, a young teacher who had recently joined the International Socialists, was in Liverpool in 1972 when he first heard Tony Cliff speak.
Almost all of Greece’s public sector workforce took part in an enormous general strike which rocked the country’s government last Wednesday.
‘It looked like a war zone’ Jess Hurd, in Athens
There was an initial panic that HIV/Aids would cause a pandemic on the scale of the 14th century Black Death.
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.
The new comedy-drama Sirens is presented as a satirical look at working for the ambulance service.
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.
This large photographic book, with pictures compiled by the author over 12 years, focuses on the youth of London’s inner-city.
This long awaited sequel to East is East, set five years after the original, rejoins members of the dysfunctional Khan family.
Austerity is the mantra of bosses and politicians across Europe. They all agree.
The government’s Pensions Bill had its second reading in parliament on Monday of this week.
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.
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).
‘The reform fatigue is visible in the streets of Athens, Madrid and elsewhere’