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The rich rabble gathered at the Tory conference in Manchester could barely contain their delight.
A judge has given the green light for Basildon council to remove 49 out of 54 threatened caravan plots from Dale Farm in Essex. The high court ruling from judge Justice Edwards-Stuart will be a blow to Travellers living on the site who are fighting to save their homes.
Unite Against Fascism together with One Society Many Cultures is calling for delegates to sign up for an upcoming national convention in defence of multiculturalism.
Union members at charity Action for Children have begun a ballot for strikes over pay and attacks on conditions.
The Tories got a taste of the anger against them as a huge demonstration swept past their conference in Manchester on Sunday. Up to 35,000 people joined the march, which was initiated by Right to Work and organised by the TUC.
Fury against the cuts was plain to see in Glasgow last Saturday. Up to 15,000 marched for the Scottish TUC’s People First demonstration against attacks on public services.
A march was due to take place in Hull on Saturday against 900 job losses at BAE Systems in Brough, east Yorkshire.
A strike by workers at Quarriers care home in Glasgow planned for last weekend was called off after a new offer from management.
BBC Wales workers in the Bectu union struck for 24 hours on Friday of last week.
Marchers took to the streets of Whitstable in Kent on Saturday to protest against council cuts to youth services.
Some 50 unemployed campaigners are to recreate the Jarrow March of 75 years ago by walking to London.
Electricians’ protests are growing against bosses’ attempts to slash pay by over a third.
Up to 80 electricians and supporters met in Manchester last Saturday. They elected a regional rank‑and-file committee .
Disabled activists held a national day of action against Atos, the private firm that assesses people who claim sickness and disability benefits.
Hundreds of delegates gathered in London last Saturday for the European Conference Against Austerity and Privatisation.
Bosses at Wyndeham Impact printers in Basingstoke have locked out 58 workers after protests over redundancies and wage cuts. They now intend to shut the factory down.
The campaign to reinstate victimised trade unionist Abdul Omer Mohsin was boosted on Sunday when his colleagues at Harrow bus garage voted 17-0 to support him.
Ballot papers will go out to over a million members of the Unison union this week.
Joe Glenton, the anti-war soldier who refused to go back to Afghanistan, is to deliver a letter to Downing Street demanding the troops be withdrawn.
Leading trade unionists have called a national convention, Unite the Resistance, as part of building the 30 November strikes. It will be in a major venue, the Royal Horticultural Halls, which seats 1,500.
"Several unions met in Islington, north London, last week to prepare for united strikes on 30 November. Myself and a few other workers called the meeting.
More than 1,000 workers at Southampton council were set to strike on Thursday of this week—the biggest walkout yet in their long-running battle.
Industrial action by IT workers at Fujitsu in Greater Manchester has been suspended after a last minute agreement with company management.
Around 1,000 people marched down Cable Street in east London last Sunday to mark 75 years since the Battle of Cable Street. The battle saw a mass mobilisation of workers uniting to stop a fascist march.
Tube unions are recommending a four-year pay deal they have agreed with London Underground’s management.
Postal workers in Cheshire are taking a stand against their bullying bosses. The workers are to "do the job safely" this Friday in protest at disciplinary measures being used to get rid of workers.
Workers at Middlesex university, north London, struck on Tuesday of this week in protest at planned job cuts. The action involved workers in both the UCU and Unison unions at the university.
Stow college Workers at Stow college in Glasgow walked out on Monday in a strike against low pay. Over 60 Unison union members picketed the college. They included support workers, admin staff, caretakers and caterers.
The trial continues in Zimbabwe of six socialists threatened with long prison terms for showing a video about the Arab Spring.
The Tories met in Manchester this week to celebrate and deepen their war on the poor.
Tory prime minister David Cameron bleated this week, "We were living beyond our means, so part of the boom was a very false boom.
New rights for agency workers came into force last week.
Council housing is under fresh attack.
The number of NHS trusts predicting a budget deficit has trebled in the last 12 months.
The Red Tape Challenge is a three-week review into laws and regulations that protect workers’ rights.
The government has "found" millions of pounds of surplus cash—despite the cuts.
David Cameron claims the Tories are "firing up the engines of the British economy" by encouraging people to buy their own homes.
George Osborne told Tory party conference delegates that business interests would come before cutting carbon emissions.
The Tories say they support families. But it turns out that they support some more than others.
Electricians blocked Oxford Street, London's busiest shopping street, for almost an hour this morning, Wednesday.
Thousands of health workers struck for 24 hours in Northern Ireland today, Wednesday, in a battle against cuts.
Supporters of the racist English Defence League (EDL) were humiliated in central London today, Saturday.
Protesters gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square today, Saturday, to mark ten years of war in Afghanistan. Former soldier Joe Glenton opened the assembly, which was organised by the Stop the War Coalition.
Nurse and union leader Rula al Saffar has been tortured, threatened with rape, and now faces 15 years in a Bahrain jail.
Imagine Whitehall barricaded with buses and over 1,000 bus workers camped outside Downing Street demanding better pay, conditions and investment in public transport.
An unmanned CIA drone blew up Islamist leader Anwar al Awlaki and an unknown number of companions in Yemen last week.
A left wing protest movement in New York has captured the imagination of ordinary people across the US.
Over 3,000 people protested in Reykjavik, Iceland against austerity last Saturday.
Bolivia’s left wing president Evo Morales was forced to apologise on Wednesday after police attacked an indigenous people’s march.
Some 130,000 marched through Lisbon, Portugal, last Saturday in protest at cuts being pushed through by the new right wing government.
Greek civil service workers occupied their ministries last week, blocking the way for the cutters.
The Bahraini government announced last night (Wednesday) that the medical staff facing sentences of up to 15 years will now be tried by a civilian court.
In the aftermath of their Tower Hamlets debacle, one of the more thoughtful supporters of the racist English Defence League (EDL) wrote about how they "got it so wrong".
A couple of weeks ago the economist Paul Krugman said he was "both terrified and bored" by the eurozone crisis. I know what he means.
Kelso Cochrane was a carpenter from the West Indian island of Antigua. He lived quietly in Notting Hill, west London, with his fiancee Olivia Ellington. He earned £15 a week and liked to listen to Ella Fitzgerald.
Every night 40 raids take place. These attacks are led by the world’s richest nation deploying some of the most sophisticated weaponry ever invented. They are targetting one of the poorest nations on the globe. Yet after ten long years the wealth and weaponry is losing. This is Afghanistan in 2011.
Forty years of foreign intervention in Afghanistan—first with the Soviet Union, and now with NATO—have destroyed that country, and now threatens to expand to destroy Pakistan too.
Russian troops killed between 500,000 and a million Afghans between 1979 and 1989—and discredited the left for a generation. The opposition Mujahideen groups that drove them out then collapsed into warring factions.
Socialist Worker photographer Guy Smallman has made several trips to Afghanistan, documenting the impact of the war on Afghan people.
Rarely has television lent itself so powerfully to the anti-racist cause than in George Alagiah’s new documentary series Mixed Britannia, part of the BBC’s new Mixed Race season.
The shifting relationship between China and Africa has completely passed most people by.
What makes hip-hop a global phenomenon? The political activist Sujatha Fernandes explores how the genre has influenced young people across cultural backgrounds.
This harrowing documentary shows the full brutality of the "war on terror". It focuses on Canadian citizen Omar Khadr, a 16-year old accused of fighting US forces in Afghanistan.
The Soul Rebels Brass Band are a New Orleans marching band. They infuse this traditional style with soul, hip‑hop, funk and R&B, throwing the genre into the 21st century.
Pride protest shows unity against bigots East London Pride on 24 September was a tremendous victory for LGBT campaigners.
‘Speak truth to power and wealth’