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Can we really beat the Tories? That question is being asked in workplaces, union meetings and streets up and down the country.
The Greek economy is sliding deeper into recession. Its deficit is getting worse. So why are Western powers insisting on making Greece honour debts that it has no chance of repaying?
Workers at Stow College in Glasgow were set to strike on Wednesday of this week against a pay freeze.
A nationwide strike of television licensing workers moved a step nearer last week after they voted for strikes in a dispute over pay.
Workers at Fujitsu in Manchester are set to continue strikes against victimisations and breaches of agreements over union recognition, pay, pensions and job cuts.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of the Unison union, addressed a meeting of the National Pensioners’ Convention last week.
Unite against Fascism (UAF) has called a counter‑protest at a planned English Defence League (EDL) demonstration at Downing Street on Saturday 8 October.
Electricians’ protests against building bosses’ attacks on wages are escalating in scale and militancy.
Unite’s London construction branch has unanimously passed a motion on the dispute.
Journalists in Warrington have called a 48-hour strike against Newsquest bosses’ attacks on their jobs and pay.
Bosses at Wyndeham Impact printers in Basingstoke have said they will shut the factory—because they want even larger profits.
Campaigners have vowed to fight until the very last moment to stop the Tory health and social care bill.
Campaigners in Stroud, Gloucestershire, are threatening legal action to stop the transfer of NHS services to an unaccountable "community interest company".
NHS privatisation fears have also been raised in Surrey.
At times it can seem as if everyone is against strikes. The main political parties typically attack strikers for being "irresponsible". And even trade union leaders who are leading strikes take care to stress that "no one wants to strike".
Union leaders are giving workers the go-ahead to use "any means necessary" to win a massive strike vote in the battle for public sector pensions.
Ed Miliband used his keynote speech at the Labour Party conference on Tuesday to justify the anti-union laws and the sell-off of council housing.
The NHS will be forced to slash vital hospital services, including accident & emergency and maternity units—and that’s according to one of its top bosses.
The National Union of Students (NUS) executive has decided to back demands from student activist groups for a national demonstration in defence of education.
Some 6,000 people in Scotland will be forced to rely on food handouts, according to the Trussell Trust charity. Last week job centres were told to send poor families to the charity’s food banks.
Ten people who were imprisoned after the riots in Britain this August appealed against their sentences on Monday of this week.
Trade union activists are organising a conference on Saturday 19 November. It is shaping up to be a key event in the run-up to the 30 November mass strikes.
Hacking: fresh police links News International paid Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of the News of the World, for "crime exclusives" while he was working for the Metropolitan Police.
Seven education unions are preparing for a mass lobby of parliament on Wednesday 26 October to protest at the government’s pensions assault.
Trade unionists in Worthing, on the south coast, are preparing for the 30 November strikes.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis set the Labour Party conference alight on Monday, winning an unexpected standing ovation.
Blue Labour. The Purple Book. Or maybe Red Ed?
Victimised Unite bus convenor Abdul Omer Mohsin has his Employment Tribunal on 7 November.
Elderly people from the Caribbean Senior Citizens Association marched on Haringey council last week.
Travellers at Dale Farm have won two extensions of an injunction to stop Basildon council from evicting them.
Notts Unison members protested outside the council against the proposed sale of six elderly persons’ homes to the private sector. The Runwood organisation which has bought the homes only has to commit to keep them as homes for three years.
UCU Left supporters held our AGM and conference last Saturday. Delegates discussed how to make the action short of a strike, which begins this week in pre-92 universities, effective. The action is against the imposition of worse terms for the pension scheme.
Workers at Middlesex university have voted overwhelmingly for strikes to save jobs. Lecturers voted by 80 percent for strikes and 94 percent for action short of a strike in a recent ballot.
Kenton school teachers strike against academy plans Teachers at Kenton School in Newcastle struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to turn the school into an academy. The strike involved workers in the NUT, NASUWT and ATL unions.
Some 500 people took part in East London Pride last Saturday. A protest marched from Hackney Town Hall to Bethnal Green where workshops and a rally were held.
A lobby took place outside Wandsworth’s Tory council on Wednesday of last week as they began an emergency meeting on riots and evictions.
Qatari-owned news network Al-Jazeera’s director general has resigned after eight years—only to be replaced by a member of a Qatari royal family.
Protesters in Bahrain have refused to succumb to repression and continue to take to the streets to fight for freedom. Thousands of Bahrainis from villages surrounding the capital Manama tried to force their way back to the city’s Pearl Square on Friday of last week.
Western business interests have arrived in Libya. Lord Green, minister for trade and investment, led a British delegation including representatives of BP and Shell for talks in the capital Tripoli on Monday.
A wave of strikes across Egypt is rapidly broadening and deepening the revolution there. A national teachers strike has rallied round the slogan "Meet our demands or forget school this year."
Bus workers employed by the Public Transport Authority in Cairo are on all-out strike. They want their bonuses doubled and corrupt officials purged.
Europe’s leading bankers and politicians were in crisis talks this week as they tried to stop Greece from defaulting on its debts.
Shouts of "The workers united will never be defeated" filled King’s Cross station this morning, Wednesday.
Local government elections in Berlin last week brought a sensational result—the Pirate Party boarded parliament with 8.9 percent of the vote.
The media is trying to portray Ed Miliband’s speech on Tuesday as a "lurch to the left".
The British National Party tried demonstrating last night (Thursday) outside Liverpool Arts Centre where this week's BBC Question Time was being recorded.
Bosses at Wyndeham Impact printers in Basingstoke have locked out 58 workers after protests over redundancies and wage cuts. Though the factory remains profitable, bosses have already threatened to close it permanently.
Rula al Saffar is the president of the nursing union in Bahrain, assistant professor at the college of health science and head of the emergency nursing programme.
Up to 15,000 people marched trough Glasgow today, Saturday, for the People First demonstration against attacks on public services.
Some 15,000 people marched in Glasgow on 1 October. Below is a list of banners on the demonstration.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian National Authority president, demanded that Palestine become a United Nations (UN) recognised state last Friday.
The Pakistani state has arrested and tortured union and political activists using special anti-terror laws.
Protests continued to grow against returned president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen’s capital Sana’a last weekend.
Mass meetings in bus garages across Cairo were reported to have rejected a deal agreed between leaders of the independent union, the minister of labour and the management of the Public Transport Authority. This is according to a report in the Al-Ishtaraki newspaper on 28 September.
An air of unreality accompanied coverage of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank meeting in Washington DC last weekend.
IT was 1936 and fascism was spreading across Europe. Adolf Hitler had become chancellor of Germany. Benito Mussolini had seized control in Italy. Franco was on the march in Spain. And the British Union of Fascists (BUF) was trying to do the same in Britain.
Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists (BUF) were known as the Blackshirts because of their military-style uniforms.
The Tory plans for our schools are tantamount to going "back to Victorian times". That’s the stark conclusion of Melissa Benn, a writer and campaigner for comprehensive education.
Previously in this series we looked at how capitalism divides people into two main classes. The rulers own the means of production while the rest of us—workers—have to work for them.
Six months before 9/11, shocking media images appeared of the Taliban government dynamiting the 1450 year old Buddha statues at Bamiyan in central Afghanistan. The demolition in March 2001 followed a Taliban edict that all statues be destroyed.
Director Jeff James has chosen an unusual style of play direction in an intimate venue.
Made during the Nazi occupation of France, Les Enfants Du Paradis shows actors in a Parisian working class theatre.
This documentary chronicles a turbulent year in the life of the New York Times.
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The king of Saudi Arabia has announced that women citizens will finally be given the right to vote in municipal elections.
Grim economic context of Gleision mine disaster Here in South Wales we thought the destruction of the coal industry would have at least one beneficial effect. No longer would families have to endure the agonising wait to find out if their loved ones underground were alive or dead.
‘Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN’