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The biggest ballot in Britain’s trade union history has begun.
Did the British government send a family to be tortured in Libya as a gift to Colonel Gaddafi? Sami al-Saadi says so—and he is claiming damages for the years of torture he suffered.
The RMT union is to ballot tube drivers for action short of a strike in a row over safety on London Underground.
Bakers at Park Cakes in Oldham and Bolton are to ballot for strikes over pay and conditions.
The PCS union is running an indicative ballot for strikes among warders at the National Gallery in London.
Around 70 cleaners and their supporters gathered outside London South Bank University (LSBU) on Friday of last week to demand the London Living Wage.
Bombardier workers in the RMT and other unions were set to rally and lobby in Parliament on Wednesday of this week.
Some 400 BAE workers and supporters marched against job cuts in Hull last Saturday.
The lecturers’ UCU union executive voted last week to join the opposition to government plans to let private firms get their hands on higher education.
David Willetts held 12 meetings with private education firms before publishing the white paper.
University lecturers began a work to contract on Monday of this week in protest at attacks on their pensions.
Health workers are working flat out to win a thumping yes vote in their ballot.
More than 3,000 teachers and lecturers across Wales struck on Wednesday of last week to defend their pensions.
Lecturers at Barnsley College struck on Thursday of last week in defence of Graham Mustin, one of their UCU union branch’s joint secretaries.
Photos: Stopping the health bill
Can capitalism cast off its unending, destructive greed and discover a nicer nature?
A strike by health workers in Northern Ireland last week gave a glimpse of what Britain will look like during the coordinated strikes on 30 November.
Bosses at cash-strapped Whipps Cross hospital in east London are asking staff to work for free in a bid to save money.
More than 300 people are already signed up to the Unite the Resistance convention taking place in London on 19 November.
Occupations in protest against corporate greed are spreading across the US. The first protest—Occupy Wall Street—began in New York’s financial district.
Tory prime minister David Cameron ruled out a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.
Activists plan to bring the spirit of the US and Spanish demos to Britain this Saturday.
Writer and campaigner Noam Chomsky told an audience of over 1,000 that the new occupation movement has a "rare" level of mainstream support. He called the protests "mass popular demonstrations against capitalism".
Protesters occupied the road outside Downing Street for over an hour last Saturday as part of a protest at ten years of war in Afghanistan.
The scandal over Tory defence minister Liam Fox and a "defence adviser" shows the corruption at the heart of the establishment.
Supporters of the racist English Defence League (EDL) were humiliated in central London last Saturday.
Rebekah Brooks, the ousted chief executive of News International, is getting help from one of Margaret Thatcher’s most trusted allies—Bell Pottinger.
South Yorkshire fire bosses hailed their new fire engines as "state of the art" when they splashed £3 million on them.
A charity has condemned the government for locking up more than 100 children over the August riots—even though most are first-time suspects awaiting trial.
Falling incomes will push 600,000 more children into poverty over the next two years. Youth unemployment is expected to soar past one million.
The brother of Mark Duggan called out for justice at the launch of the Tottenham Defence Campaign on Wednesday of last week.
Greenwich council in south east London has started proceedings to evict a council tenant jailed over the riots.
Several protesters who took part in student demonstrations last year were set to be sentenced in Kingston crown court on Thursday of this week.
Basildon council’s case for evicting Travellers from Dale Farm in Essex is rapidly falling apart—but that doesn’t mean the threat of eviction is lifted.
Some 150 workers gathered outside the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire last Friday morning.
More than 1,000 Southampton council workers struck on Thursday of last week in the biggest walkout yet in their long-running dispute.
Workers at Barnet council are to strike for a second time in their battle against privatisation.
Nominations have opened in the by-election for the Unison union’s national executive.
Users of the Atherton Leisure Centre in Stratford, east London are campaigning to save it from closure.
Staff in 13 benefit and contact centres threatened with closure have been told they are to commence "meaningful consultation" with management. That is the first step on the road to redundancy.
Some 58 printers and other workers have been made redundant at Wyndeham Impact in Basingstoke.
Supporters of Abdul Omer Mohsin, victimised Unite union convenor at London Sovereign buses, are organising a lobby of his employment tribunal to demand his reinstatement.
BBC bosses have announced plans to axe 2,000 jobs over the next five years.
The National Association of Probation Officers held its national congress in Eastbourne last weekend. Over 400 delegates voted unanimously to join the public sector pensions strikes on 30 November.
London electricians blocked bridges, roads and construction site entrances today, Wednesday.
A judge has ruled that an eviction of Travellers at Dale Farm can go ahead. But Travellers’ representatives are applying to the Court of Appeal to challenge the ruling—and Travellers and their supporters are preparing to defend the site.
Protesters confronted Bahraini prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al Khalifa as he entered a "Doing business in Bahrain" seminar with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
About 50 people held a vigil outside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Central London on the first anniversary of Jimmy Mubenga's death.
Tory minister Liam Fox’s resignation today, Friday, shows the rotten corruption that runs through the coalition government.
Occupy Wall Street protesters were in a confident and defiant mood this morning, Friday, after an attempt to evict them from their protest site failed.
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in hundreds of cities across the world today, Saturday.
Up to 100,000 supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement came together in New York last Saturday.
Some 2,500 demonstrators gathered on Westminster Bridge in central London today, Sunday, in protest at the government’s planned NHS reforms.
Teachers in the NUT union have wasted no time in building for strikes on 30 November.
The Bahraini government announced last week that medical staff threatened with 15 years in prison will now be tried by a civilian court.
The Yemeni opposition movement is rightly suspicious of claims made by president Ali Abdullah Saleh on state television last Saturday.
Several thousand Bedouins demonstrated in the Israeli city of Beersheva on Thursday of last week against the government’s Praver plan to dislocate them.
At least 23 protesters were killed in Cairo last night, Sunday, as the army and police carried out a massacre in front of the state TV building.
Glory to the martyrs of Bloody SundayShame on the military and the reactionaries The Revolutionary Socialists send sincere condolences to the families of the peaceful demonstrators who were murdered by the bullets of the Central Security Forces and crushed by the military’s armoured cars after they came on the night of 9 October to defend the right of Coptic Christians to freedom and equality.
Public transport authority workers in Cairo have returned to work following 12 days strike.
Blue Labour is not dead. That is the message of a new book that lifts the lid on just how influential Baron Maurice Glasman is inside the Labour Party.
"This is the most serious financial crisis we’ve seen, at least since the 1930s, if not ever," Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, admitted last week.
Fifty years ago police in Paris killed over 200 Algerian protesters and threw their bodies into the River Seine. Historian Jean-Luc Einaudi exposed the murders in his book The Battle of Paris. He spoke to Sellouma from France’s New Anticapitalist Party
Hadj Abdel Aziz A senior steward hurried to give me a green armband as I arrived. I effectively became a traffic warden, except that I was directing Algerians—women and men, old people and children.
Almost a million women will begin voting in the Unison union’s huge strike ballot this week. They are part of a growing army of women workers who are getting ready to take on the Tories.
I thought I knew what was coming with this film—social realism, despair, small people crushed by big forces. Something in the vein of Ken Loach or Shane Meadows. But Tyrannosaur is actually something quite different.
The Victoria & Albert Museum’s postmodernism exhibition concentrates on the 1980s, when postmodernism was new and fashionable.
The Mitchell Library in Glasgow is putting on a special one-day event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War.
As if unemployment wasn’t humiliating and soul-destroying enough, those bright sparks at BBC3 have decided to turn it into a reality gameshow.
Author and academic Helma Lutz speaks at Bookmarks bookshop about her new book on domestic work.
It’s a politician’s favourite ploy to attack immigrants for all of society’s problems. They do this to try and distract us from the real culprits.
Brendan Barber’s secret talks with Tory ministers at their conference in Manchester sent out a danger signal.
The government wants workers to work longer, pay more, and get less in their pensions at the end of it.
Standing up against sexism in colleges The University of Portsmouth Student Union held an emergency general meeting last week. It debated whether the Athletic Union should keep producing a calendar of naked students.
‘Mr Werritty is not an employee of the MoD and has therefore not travelled with me on any official overseas visits’