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Dated: 09 Jul 2011

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30 June strikes: This is just the start

The strike by public sector workers on Thursday of last week was a magnificent success.

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Spirit of solidarity on London LGBT pride

Hundreds of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters, friends and family marched through central London today.

Marxism festival unites and inspires thousands

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.

Marxism: a meeting point for people from all over the world

Farhana Haque, Oxfordshire

Marxism: a place to organise resistance

Marxism 2011 was not a talking shop, but a springboard to further action. Participants debated how we step up the fight against the Tories.

‘Now we have to make sure we keep up this momentum’

"The strikes on 30 June were fantastic and solid. Now we have to make sure that we keep up this momentum.

30 June: voices from the strikes

Amanda, PCS member, National Portrait Gallery

Miliband: Hang your Ed in shame

Labour leader Ed Miliband provoked anger by repeatedly arguing that the strikes were "wrong at a time when negotiations are still going on".

After 30 June: what you can do now

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=""></a>

Councils - from Birmingham to Doncaster, we can win

One picket line in Birmingham summed up the 30 June spirit of unity and solidarity—even though there were only two people on it.

Southampton: workers vote for more action

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.

Yunus Bakhsh turned away on first day back at work

Health bosses in Newcastle are flouting an Employment Tribunal and refusing to re-employ Yunus Bakhsh, a nurse they unlawfully sacked.

More than 1,000 on Birmingham march for justice

Over 1,000 people marched in Birmingham last Saturday calling for justice for those who have died in police custody.

Newsquest journalists settle dispute

Journalists working for Newsquest in south London have settled their dispute with management.

Journalists protest at new powers for Rupert Murdoch

Camden strike to stop job cuts

Unison union members in the Camden council repairs and improvement team struck on Thursday of last week.

Standing up for Fujitsu rep

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.

Doctors vow to keep private firms out of NHS

Delegates to the doctors’ BMA union conference last week called for the complete withdrawal of the government’s health and social care bill.

Celebrate the history of the NHS

Campaigners across Britain were set to celebrate the NHS’s 63rd birthday this week—and pledge to defend it from the Tories.

Death on the Olympic site shows danger of safety cuts

A sixty-five year old Laing O’Rourke crane operator died on the Olympic park site in London on Tuesday of last week.

Fawley oil refinery workers fight a lockout

Workers from the GMB union are staging demonstrations at the ExxonMobil’s Fawley oil refinery in Hampshire over 20 locked out workers.

Campaign stops Brighton academy

A campaign involving parents, teachers and school students has succeeded in forcing a Brighton school to abandon plans to become an academy.

Bullying dispute settled at Selwyn primary school

Teachers called off a planned strike at Selwyn primary school in Waltham Forest last week.

Diss teachers to strike against academies

Teachers in the NASUWT union at Diss High School in Norfolk have voted to strike against academies.

Stop EDL summer of race hate

Activists from Unite Against Fascism are organising to oppose marches called by the racist English Defence League (EDL) this Saturday.

Lecturers to boycott fees

UCU union members have voted to back a boycott of the Institute for Learning (IFL) in a referendum.

AssetCo strike-breakers nearly gone bust

AssetCo, the private strike-breaking firm that owns all of London’s fire engines, is close to collapse.

Amey concedes to strike threat

Amey concedes to strike threat

Burton's Foods biscuit factory workers vote for strikes

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.

Banners on the London demonstration during the strike on 30 June

Victim is ‘on trial’ in IMF Strauss-Kahn rape case

Alleged rapist and former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released from house arrest last week.

Report reveals state dumps elderly people

The social care system is failing to provide support for older people.

Government letter reveals effects of cuts

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.

Fortnum and Mason protesters appear in court

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

Defend Dale Farm Travellers from looming eviction

Basildon council has issued 28 day notices to Travellers living at the Dale Farm site in Billericay, Essex.

Struggling to keep up with rising living costs

Poor people with children need to earn 20 percent more this year to maintain their living standards as living costs rise.

Why was doctor put on leave?

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.

War refusenik Michael Lyons found guilty

Michael Lyons, a Royal Navy conscientious objector, was found guilty of disobeying a lawful order at his court

NHS birthday celebrated with protest

Hundreds of health workers and campaigners marched on parliament yesterday (Tuesday) to show their continued opposition to the Tories’ health and social care bill.

Egyptian trade unionists back boycott of Israel

Kamal Abu Aita announced that the newly-formed Egyptian Independent Union Federation (EIUF) is backing the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS.

Join protests against Rupert Murdoch's News International

London Protest to demand public inquiry into conduct of Murdoch press

News of the World scandal shakes establishment

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.

Revolutionary Socialists’ statement on crisis in Egypt

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.


Man-made famine hits Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in 60 years, and the United Nations says ten million people could face famine.

Protests spread across Africa and threaten rulers

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.

Thai election results challenge status quo

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.

Nato intervention stalls Libya revolt

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.

Syria: Army generals defect from Assad's regime

The Syrian resistance is organising for the next stage of the battle to defeat the government.

Greek government holds back Gaza Flotilla

Greek authorities have halted an international aid flotilla on its way to break the Israeli seige of Palestine.


'Hacktivism' has rattled our rulers

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."

Greece: frontline of the Euro crisis

The Greek parliament narrowly passed a new austerity package last week—in the face of mass strikes and protests.


The origins of racism

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.

Workers are back

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.

‘Gold-plated’ pensions? It’s just another Tory lie

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.

Egyptian trade unionist brings message of support

Kamal Abu Aita, the president of the Egyptian tax collectors’ union (above), brought solidarity to the picket line at Euston Tower in central London.

All the day’s rallies, from A to Z

More than 100,000 people joined protests, rallies and stunts across Britain on 30 June.


René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle

"Our secret desire," wrote René Magritte, "is for a change in the order of things."

Recommended reading: Modernism, empathy and history for the summer

Zeitoun &#8211; 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.

Tree of Life

An ambitious new work from the director of visionary films including The Thin Red Line, The New World and Badlands.

Create11 festival

This month long festival brings together theatre, film, discussion and dance.

Emperor and Galilean - National Theatre

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.

What We Think

If the Tories divide us, we all lose out

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.

Phone hacking: cops and MPs are in the pockets of the rich

The News of the World newspaper illegally targeted the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler and her family in March 2002.

Other Categories

Leon Kuhn: Who can solve the crisis?

Tim's view


‘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.

Quotes from the week's news

‘Parasites go home’Placard held by protesters "welcoming" Prince William and Kate Middleton to Quebec

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