Dated: 22 Oct 2011
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Over a million people across the world took to the streets this week to protest against poverty, inequality and economic injustice.
Three million workers are set to strike on 30 November. They have the power to transform the political situation in Britain.
Unions came together for a joint meeting at Greenford High School in west London last week.
Remploy workers protested at parliament on Wednesday of last week as their jobs hung in the balance.
Campaigners have lost their High Court case to save six libraries in Brent, north west London.
Nottingham was a town filled with fightbacks last Saturday.
Workers at train firm Bombardier lobbied parliament last Wednesday.
The BBC’s Question Time was filmed behind rows of police at Queen Mary College, east London, on Thursday of last week.
Over 400 anti-fascist campaigners came to a conference at the TUC’s congress centre in London last Saturday.
Up to 1,500 people attended a Love Music Hate Racism outdoor festival in Leicester market place on Sunday.
About 50 people held a vigil outside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in central London on the first anniversary of Jimmy Mubenga’s death.
Workers at the BBC are furious that management are slashing 2,000 jobs.
Journalists in Warrington, Cheshire, walked out for two days last week against seven compulsory redundancies.
Around 100 local residents protested outside the Atherton Leisure Centre in east London on Saturday of last week against Newham council’s plans to close it.
Stop this race to the bottom Leicester City Unison held a rally to launch the ballot on Wednesday.
Trade unionists across Britain are building for the Unite the Resistance convention in London on 19 November.
Students are preparing for a mass national protest in London on 9 November against the government’s higher education white paper.
More than 3,000 people protested in the City of London against the greed of the banking system last Saturday.
Some 400 Travellers at Dale Farm were preparing to resist eviction from their homes as Socialist Worker went to press.
People sentenced to some of the harshest jail terms after the summer riots have lost their appeals.
PC Simon Harwood has pled not guilty to the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson. Harwood, a member of the Met’s Territorial Support Group, is now due to stand trial next year.
Art handlers from Sotheby’s auction house in New York protested outside the company’s London premises on Thursday of last week.
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.
Some 400 people marched with Occupy New Orleans last Saturday. Mostly young, about 50 of them were African-American.
Some 300 council workers in Barnet, north London, struck on Tuesday of this week in their battle against privatisation.
Workers at Southampton council are to consider a new pay offer—as bosses announce more job cuts.
Shropshire council workers are to vote on a deal over pay.
Voting starts in November for the general secretary election of the construction workers’ UCATT union.
More than 300 cleaners employed by Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services on the Virgin West Coast Mainline contract are set to strike on Monday of this week.
Some 550 TV licensing workers struck on Monday of this week at Capita in Bristol and Darwen, Lancashire.
The Unite union is balloting its members in higher education for industrial action over pay.
Lecturers at Barnsley College were set to meet on Wednesday of this week to discuss the next moves in their ongoing dispute.
NUT and NASUWT union members struck at Kingswinford School in Dudley on Tuesday of this week, against plans to turn the school into an academy.
The PCS union’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) group executive committee met on Friday of last week to consider calling further strikes in the long-running dispute over call centre workers.
Workers in the Unite union at Wyndeham Roche in St Austell, Cornwall, could be next in line for severe pay cuts, as bosses begin a 90-day consultation over cost-cutting.
Tory defence secretary Liam Fox managed to hang on for a week over revelations of the extraordinary access he gave to his friend Adam Werritty.
Atlantic Bridge, Liam Fox’s now wound-up "charity", counted top Tories George Osborne, William Hague and Michael Gove among its advisory board.
Adam Werritty gets cash to travel the world from a number of donors. Liam Fox has had a particular interest in Sri Lanka. He has been involved with the Sri Lankan Development Fund, which was wound up in 1999.
The government’s proposals to smash the NHS and leave the scraps for private companies were pushed through by the House of Lords on Wednesday of last week.
Liam Fox resigned as Tory defence minister last week as the reality of corporations’ corrupt influence inside the government was revealed.
The current Tory under-secretary for defence is Gerald Howarth MP.
Some interesting links between Tories and business:
Fury has erupted over rising energy prices after a report by the industry regulator said the average annual profit made by the biggest energy companies has jumped to £125 per customer—a rise of 700 percent.
Bailiffs and riot police moved in to evict Travellers and their supporters from Dale Farm in Essex today, Wednesday.
Nora Egan returned to the Dale Farm traveller site in Essex this afternoon, Wednesday, in a wheelchair. She woke up this morning perfectly healthy. Now she has a fractured spine.
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was killed today near his hometown of Sirte in Libya. Many Libyans who have engaged in a bitter fight with his brutal regime for many months are celebrating in the streets.
The Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral is digging in for the long haul. It has now been there for over a week.
A dramatic day at the Dale Farm Traveller site in Essex today, Thursday, ended with Travellers leading a defiant march off the site.
The Occupy Wall Street movement saw a massive mobilisation of up to 100,000 people in Times Square last Saturday.
The occupiers have made vibrant links with the trade union movement in the US. Groups of workers in union T-shirts are a common site at the occupation.
Some 23 activists were arrested at a protest at Citibank on Saturday afternoon. I was reporting on the demonstrations and was held with them.
Well over a million people took to the streets in more than 950 cities across 80 countries last Saturday, as the Occupy movement exploded internationally.
On Saturday more than a million people joined jubilant protests across Spain in another show of strength by the indignados movement.
Despite a thunderstorm and a total government ban, more than 1,000 people joined various demonstrations across South Korea’s capital, Seoul.
Tens of thousands marched in Rome—and police responded with tear gas and water cannon.
Thousands joined actions across Canada in the biggest coordinated action since the anti‑war protests in 2003.
A strike wave is shaking the regime in the oil-rich Gulf State of Kuwait.
Workers’ organisations in Egypt have joined calls for unity after security forces and state backed thugs attacked Christian Copts.
President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is hijacking ambulances and kidnapping injured protesters from hospital beds in a desperate attempt to stem opposition.
A long day of protest Seattle culminated in several thousand people marching to sit down outside the street in front of a local Chase Bank.
What a year of miracles 2011 is turning out to be. It began with revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, but has now produced a global day of protest against capitalism. An estimated one million people demonstrated worldwide on 15 October.
In August this year, a march of 4,000 indigenous people set off from the Isiboro Secure National Park, a protected Amazon region in eastern Bolivia known as Tipnis.
The 1990s saw neoliberalism leave devastation in its wake across Latin America, shifting wealth from the poor to the rich.
Electricians are fighting a raw form of class struggle. On one side stand multinational corporations determined to maximise profits—on the other rank and file workers organising to defend their livelihoods.
Workers go where the job is. Many leave family behind to live in digs for weeks or months. Bosses even find ways to use this travelling to discipline workers.
Bosses profits... Balfour Beatty Engineering Services £50,500,000
In 1972 over 300,000 building workers struck across Britain over pay and contracts.
Capitalism permeates every aspect of our lives—every relation, every space and every surface. The most visible manifestation of this is advertising.
So long as there are foreign forces in Afghanistan, there will be resistance and, sooner or later, the occupiers will be defeated. Everyone knows this is what is going to happen.
Red Psalm centres on the peasant uprisings of Hungary in the late 19th century.
The Nuffield Theatre Company presents this new play set after this year’s rubbish collection strike in Southampton.
This year’s Afrika Eye Festival explores the changes taking place in Africa and beyond.
We are often told that people are selfish—so we have dog-eat-dog societies where everyone’s just out for whatever they can grab.
The long-fought campaign for justice for 96 Liverpool football fans crushed to death at the Hillsborough stadium in 1989 has won an important victory.
Legacy of fascism still poisons French politics I read with interest your story on the 1961 mass killing of Algerian protesters by French police (Socialist Worker, 8 October).
It sometimes seems impossible to imagine life without capitalism.
‘There is everything to fear from wrongful identification, or the acquisition of our identity for fraudulent purposes’