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The Tories are taking an axe to working class Britain. Every day sees jobs decimated, services slashed and thousands of lives wrecked.
The prospect of a Britain closed by a public sector general strike took a giant step forwards last week. Up to 3 million workers could strike over pensions in November after union leaders announced raft of new ballots.
Ken Muller, assistant branch secretary Islington NUT (pc)
Thousands of workers protested at the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham last Sunday. The march reflected a general mood that it’s time to ratchet up resistance to the government.
More than 25,000 workers across three councils were set to strike against cuts this week.
Barnet council workers rallied outside the London borough’s town hall after their strike against privatisation on Tuesday of last week.
Activists in the Unison union are meeting this Saturday to discuss the battle over pensions.
Social care workers at Southampton council voted to call more strikes at a meeting last week—breathing new life into their long-running campaign against pay cuts.
Trade union unity has forced council bosses to back down over pay cuts in Portsmouth.
The battle on construction sites is escalating.
Around 50 rank and file electricians met last Friday in Newcastle at a meeting hosted by the Newcastle Central Unite branch.
Subcontracting and dodgy practices are at the heart of the construction industry.
Rail workers on London’s Gatwick Express are balloting for strikes over job cuts.
Workers at four British Sugar plants in the east of England are balloting for strikes over pay.
Printers at the Wyndeham Impact in Basingstoke are now in their 21st week of strikes over redundancies, wage cuts and the threat of closure.
Drivers at bus firm Sovereign in Edgware, London have rejected another pay offer from their bosses.
Hundreds of IT workers in the Unite union at Fujitsu struck last Monday.
Lecturers in the UCU union have voted for industrial action in defence of their USS final salary pensions scheme.
Barnsley College lecturers in the UCU union will strike on Thursday of next week in defence of their branch secretary.
Workers in the Unison union at Middlesex University are balloting for strikes over the threat of 200 job cuts.
Unison members at the University of Northampton protested against 78 job cuts last week.
Is Royal Mail trying to bully workers out of their jobs to make room for others?
A post worker in Merseyside injured herself after being forced to deliver mail just days after undergoing invasive keyhole surgery, a tribunal heard last week.
Teachers at Kenton School in Newcastle were set to strike three times in seven days over plans to turn the school into an academy.
Campaigners are fighting to save Sure Start centres and Early Years nurseries across Manchester, which are all set to be closed.
Remploy workers joined the march against the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham last Sunday (see page 4). They were protesting against plans to close 54 Remploy factories.
The trial of six activists arrested in Zimbabwe for showing news footage of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt began last Thursday.
Workers at the firm Capita, which issues TV licences, are this week balloting for strikes.
Tug workers in the Shetland Islands have voted by 98 percent for industrial action over job cuts and attacks on conditions.
Some 100 people demonstrated in support of the cleaners at Senate House, University of London, on Wednesday of last week.
NUJ members at Newsquest Cheshire and Merseyside took part in two days of strikes last week against compulsory redundancies.
The disaster at the Gleision mine in South Wales began when miners blasted underground.
Travellers who live at Dale Farm in Essex celebrated as they won a last-minute court injunction delaying their eviction this week.
Constant & Co, the "specialist" bailiff firm that is ready to evict Dale Farm Travellers, promotes itself with racist language.
The United Nations (UN) was set to vote on official recognition for a state of Palestine this week.
The Metropolitan Police force was humiliated this week when a judge rejected the evidence of one of its supergrasses, Gary Eaton.
Rupert Murdoch’s News International has made a £3 million offer to the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. It is an attempt to settle the phone hacking case that led to the closure of the News of the World.
Labour leader Ed Miliband’s Refounding Labour project has done little but try to further erode the influence of the unions in the party.
The lying Liberal Democrats were desperate to wear their "left" mask as they met for their conference this week. Axe-wielding Lib Dem ministers ratcheted up the rhetoric.
The media has pounced on statistics from the Ministry of Justice claiming three quarters of rioters in court so far already had a criminal record.
The Scottish TUC has called a demonstration in Glasgow on Saturday 1 October to resist Tory attacks.
Britain’s leading arms fair was used to promote illegal torture equipment and cluster bombs.
The government this week announced plans to turn post offices into mutually owned co-operatives.
Anti-cuts activists in north London gathered for a day of debates and workshops at Islington People’s Assembly last Saturday.
Around 250 construction workers occupied the Thameslink Farringdon site in London this morning, Wednesday.
Striking Birmingham council workers took their fight to the Liberal Democrats today (Wednesday)—on the day of Nick Clegg’s keynote speech defending cuts.
Council workers in Doncaster in the Unison union struck today (Wednesday) against plans to sack 1,000 workers and cut the pay of others.
The prospect of a massive strike by public sector workers in the autumn took another step forwards yesterday (Wednesday).
The sleepy town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire was woken up this morning by the roar of striking workers marching through the streets.
Unite union members in the London construction branch agreed unanimously to pass a motion including the following statement, at a meeting yesterday, Wednesday:
"We are not talking about being united—we are united! We are fighting back! There is only one thing that will divide and fall—and that is this government."
The Pakistani state is arresting and torturing union and political activists fighting against displacement from floods, privatisation, mass sackings and non-payment of wages.
The Travellers of Dale Farm won a temporary legal victory today, Friday.
Around 30 students staged a one-day occupation today (Friday) at Scotland’s leading arts academy, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
On Friday 17 September a group of largely young campaigners, artists, and students occupied Wall Street in New York’s financial district.
The revolution in Egypt is gaining new momentum.
Clashes between protesters and anti-government forces in Yemen left more than 60 people dead on the streets of the capital, Sana’a, last Sunday and Monday.
The centre-left "red bloc" narrowly won Denmark’s election last week—throwing out a decade-long Liberal government propped up by the far right Danish People’s Party.
The call from last week’s TUC congress to coordinate strikes across public sector unions on 30 November—including Unison, Unite and the GMB—is of huge significance.
The execution of Troy Davis was nothing short of murder. And the sheer brutality of his killing has left many grasping to understand what kind of nation the US has become.
Back-to-back TV and newspaper coverage of the anniversary of 9/11 this month will remind many of the vilification that Muslims faced in the wake of the attack.
The British government is at the heart of attempts to create a new system that would enable bosses to employ migrant workers on the wages and conditions of their country of origin.
‘Fear that Greece will be unable to repay the banks is precipitating a crisis in the eurozone and beyond’ Panos Garganas, Greece
Labour leader Ed Miliband blamed the party’s failure to win the last election on having lost touch with the "squeezed middle". This is a new version of Tony Blair’s argument from 2005 that "we’re all middle class now".
Richard Hamilton, a pioneer of Pop Art, died this month aged 89. Mike Gonzalez looks back at his radical work
Life and Fate is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Now, the BBC have dramatised the 871-page book and brought it to the airwaves.
This eagerly awaited adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 spy novel lives up to its rave reviews.
This evening of film, drama, music and poetry raises awareness of some of the issues that face Roma people today in Britain and around the world.
When radical left wing Labour Party leader Harry Perkins becomes prime minister, it looks as though Britain really is on the path to socialism through parliament.
A very civil form of dawn arrest greeted city slicker Kweku Adoboli after he lost the UBS investment bank £1.47 billion.
The sight of David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy arriving in Libya as conquering heroes last week was sickening.
Boundary changes are attack on democracy This week the Boundary Commission announced significant changes to parliamentary constituencies.
‘The ideological descendants of those who sent children up chimneys’