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The strike by public sector workers on Thursday of last week was a magnificent success.
Hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters, friends and family marched through central London today.
The global revolt against our rulers infused the Marxism 2011 festival in central London last weekend. It lifted the atmosphere, debates and the size—with over 4,500 people attending.
Farhana Haque, Oxfordshire
Marxism 2011 was not a talking shop, but a springboard to further action. Participants debated how we step up the fight against the Tories.
"The strikes on 30 June were fantastic and solid. Now we have to make sure that we keep up this momentum.
Amanda, PCS member, National Portrait Gallery
Labour leader Ed Miliband provoked anger by repeatedly arguing that the strikes were "wrong at a time when negotiations are still going on".
Invite a worker who struck on 30 June to speak to your union branch Make links with other union branches and campaign groups where you are Organise a joint rally to prepare for the next wave of action Fight for action in your workplace over every last cut Build for the protest against the Tory conference on 2 October Pass the model motion demanding the union leaders call action: <a href="http://bit.ly/kYxHpm">http://bit.ly/kYxHpm</a>
One picket line in Birmingham summed up the 30 June spirit of unity and solidarity—even though there were only two people on it.
Hundreds of workers across Southampton council are set to walk out on strike for a week as their battle with council bosses reaches a critical moment.
Health bosses in Newcastle are flouting an Employment Tribunal and refusing to re-employ Yunus Bakhsh, a nurse they unlawfully sacked.
Over 1,000 people marched in Birmingham last Saturday calling for justice for those who have died in police custody.
Journalists working for Newsquest in south London have settled their dispute with management.
Unison union members in the Camden council repairs and improvement team struck on Thursday of last week.
Unite union members at the Fujitsu IT firm in Crewe struck on Thursday of last week over the company singling out Alan Jenney for redundancy.
Delegates to the doctors’ BMA union conference last week called for the complete withdrawal of the government’s health and social care bill.
Campaigners across Britain were set to celebrate the NHS’s 63rd birthday this week—and pledge to defend it from the Tories.
A sixty-five year old Laing O’Rourke crane operator died on the Olympic park site in London on Tuesday of last week.
Workers from the GMB union are staging demonstrations at the ExxonMobil’s Fawley oil refinery in Hampshire over 20 locked out workers.
A campaign involving parents, teachers and school students has succeeded in forcing a Brighton school to abandon plans to become an academy.
Teachers called off a planned strike at Selwyn primary school in Waltham Forest last week.
Teachers in the NASUWT union at Diss High School in Norfolk have voted to strike against academies.
Activists from Unite Against Fascism are organising to oppose marches called by the racist English Defence League (EDL) this Saturday.
UCU union members have voted to back a boycott of the Institute for Learning (IFL) in a referendum.
AssetCo, the private strike-breaking firm that owns all of London’s fire engines, is close to collapse.
Amey concedes to strike threat
More than 300 workers were set to strike at Burton’s Foods biscuit factory in Blackpool after voting by 86 percent for strikes. The first strike was set for Tuesday of next week. Further walkouts are planned for 18, 20 and 26 July.
Alleged rapist and former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest last week.
The social care system is failing to provide support for older people.
A leaked letter has shown that the government knows that up to 40,000 families could be made homeless because of its £26,000 cap on benefit payments.
Ten protesters appeared in court on Tuesday charged with aggravated trespass after the occupation of luxury shop Fortnum and Mason during the TUC demonstration on 26 March. The defendants took part in the protest organised by UK Uncut. Pressure forced the police to drop charges against five minors who were among the 145 arrested
Basildon council has issued 28 day notices to Travellers living at the Dale Farm site in Billericay, Essex.
Poor people with children need to earn 20 percent more this year to maintain their living standards as living costs rise.
Dr David Nunn, a leading orthopaedic consultant at St Thomas Hospital in London, made the news when he ordered a Sky camera crew out of his ward for not rolling their sleeves up.
Michael Lyons, a Royal Navy conscientious objector, was found guilty of disobeying a lawful order at his court
Hundreds of health workers and campaigners marched on parliament yesterday (Tuesday) to show their continued opposition to the Tories’ health and social care bill.
Kamal Abu Aita announced that the newly-formed Egyptian Independent Union Federation (EIUF) is backing the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS.
London Protest to demand public inquiry into conduct of Murdoch press
The edifice of stability at the top of British society is shaken. The scandal of journalists hacking into phones is rocking the establishment. Rupert Murdoch's huge media empire is in crisis and has closed one of its flagship titles—the News of the World.
Sharaf’s speech and the policy of trembling hands Last night’s speech by prime minister Essam Sharaf confirmed what many already did not doubt: that this government is not, and will not be a government of the revolution. Despite the claims by the Prime Minister that he listened to the demands of the revolutionaries in the Tahrir Squares of the all the cities of Egypt, his speech came several months too late, and does not even meet our minimum demands.
The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in 60 years, and the United Nations says ten million people could face famine.
Demonstrators in Senegal in West Africa have forced the president to retreat from a planned constitutional change that would have allowed him to have stayed in office for another term.
The Thai general election results are a slap in the face for the military dictatorship. The majority of people have rejected the military, the Democrat Party and the royalist elites.
The Nato war on Libya is in crisis. The Western powers’ bombing campaign has not delivered victory to the rebels—it has created a stalemate.
The Syrian resistance is organising for the next stage of the battle to defeat the government.
Greek authorities have halted an international aid flotilla on its way to break the Israeli seige of Palestine.
The new policy of the US towards the threat of "cyber attacks" was best explained by one military official as: "If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks."
The Greek parliament narrowly passed a new austerity package last week—in the face of mass strikes and protests.
The plague of racism continues to scar the world that we live in, even though there is no scientific basis whatsoever for the division of society into races. Race is a social construct that benefits our rulers.
The working class is back. That’s what last week’s magnificent public sector strikes showed. Some 750,000 workers in different unions struck together on Thursday of last week, 30 June. The solid action had a massive effect on schools, colleges, and civil service and council workplaces.
The government portrays public sector workers as a privileged group who enjoy better wages and working conditions than those in the private sector. They are lying.
Kamal Abu Aita, the president of the Egyptian tax collectors’ union (above), brought solidarity to the picket line at Euston Tower in central London.
More than 100,000 people joined protests, rallies and stunts across Britain on 30 June.
"Our secret desire," wrote René Magritte, "is for a change in the order of things."
Zeitoun – Dave Eggers This is an account of Abdulrahman Zeitoun who stayed behind when hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. He travelled about in his canoe to rescue neighbours and see the drowned city.
An ambitious new work from the director of visionary films including The Thin Red Line, The New World and Badlands.
This month long festival brings together theatre, film, discussion and dance.
This epic play, with a cast of 50, tells the story of the Roman emperor Justinian and his attempt to restore "old" values to the empire in AD 351.
There were two visions of British society on display last week. One was the solidarity and strength of the magnificent strikes and demonstrations of public sector workers.
The News of the World newspaper illegally targeted the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler and her family in March 2002.
‘Every claimant is seen as a potential criminal’ The case of disabled man Paul Willcoxson, who killed himself after his benefits were cut (Socialist Worker, 2 July), is sadly just one more example of an increasing number of such tragic incidents.
‘Parasites go home’Placard held by protesters "welcoming" Prince William and Kate Middleton to Quebec