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Dated: 22 Oct 2011

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‘We are the 99%’ - occupy movement goes global

Over a million people across the world took to the streets this week to protest against poverty, inequality and economic injustice.

International Comment Features Reviews What We Think Other


The race is on to stop the Tories

Three million workers are set to strike on 30 November. They have the power to transform the political situation in Britain.

‘We need to go out for as long as it takes’

Unions came together for a joint meeting at Greenford High School in west London last week.

Remploy future hangs in the balance

Remploy workers protested at parliament on Wednesday of last week as their jobs hung in the balance.

Court bid fails to save libraries

Campaigners have lost their High Court case to save six libraries in Brent, north west London.

Jarrow march hits Nottingham

Nottingham was a town filled with fightbacks last Saturday.

Train workers tell MPs - save jobs

Workers at train firm Bombardier lobbied parliament last Wednesday.

Protest shows anger at Lansley's Question Time

The BBC’s Question Time was filmed behind rows of police at Queen Mary College, east London, on Thursday of last week.

United in the face of racist scapegoating

Over 400 anti-fascist campaigners came to a conference at the TUC’s congress centre in London last Saturday.

Love Music Hate Racism festival draws 1,500

Up to 1,500 people attended a Love Music Hate Racism outdoor festival in Leicester market place on Sunday.

Vigil mark's anniversary of Jimmy Mubenga's death

About 50 people held a vigil outside the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in central London on the first anniversary of Jimmy Mubenga’s death.

Strikes can make BBC bosses listen

Workers at the BBC are furious that management are slashing 2,000 jobs.

Journalists hold two-day strike for jobs

Journalists in Warrington, Cheshire, walked out for two days last week against seven compulsory redundancies.

Residents fight on to save the Atherton Leisure Centre

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.

How we are building for N30 strikes

Stop this race to the bottom Leicester City Unison held a rally to launch the ballot on Wednesday.

Workers say: join forces to fight back

Trade unionists across Britain are building for the Unite the Resistance convention in London on 19 November.

Students return to the streets

Students are preparing for a mass national protest in London on 9 November against the government’s higher education white paper.

Occupy London can 'make a big difference'

More than 3,000 people protested in the City of London against the greed of the banking system last Saturday.

Dale Farm Travellers say: 'Help us fight eviction'

Some 400 Travellers at Dale Farm were preparing to resist eviction from their homes as Socialist Worker went to press.

Judge upholds ‘severe’ jail terms for Facebook messages

People sentenced to some of the harshest jail terms after the summer riots have lost their appeals.

Cop pleads not guilty to manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson

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.

Teamsters go global against Sotheby’s lockout

Art handlers from Sotheby’s auction house in New York protested outside the company’s London premises on Thursday of last week.

Lobby to defend Abdul Omer

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.

Protests show a shift in US class consciousness

Some 400 people marched with Occupy New Orleans last Saturday. Mostly young, about 50 of them were African-American.

'easyCouncil' strikes back

Some 300 council workers in Barnet, north London, struck on Tuesday of this week in their battle against privatisation.

Southampton council workers consider pay offer

Workers at Southampton council are to consider a new pay offer—as bosses announce more job cuts.

Shropshire council workers should reject new offer

Shropshire council workers are to vote on a deal over pay.

Ucatt election - vote for Mick Dooley

Voting starts in November for the general secretary election of the construction workers’ UCATT union.

Cleaners set to strike

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.

TV Licensing workers strike over pay

Some 550 TV licensing workers struck on Monday of this week at Capita in Bristol and Darwen, Lancashire.

Unite starts pay ballot in universities

The Unite union is balloting its members in higher education for industrial action over pay.

Barnsley lecturers - escalating can win

Lecturers at Barnsley College were set to meet on Wednesday of this week to discuss the next moves in their ongoing dispute.

Teachers strike to stop academy

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.

Call centre cuts crisis

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.

Printers face new cost-cutting threat

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.

Liam Fox's tangled web gives Cameron a crisis

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.

A bridge too far - the 'charity' that connects top Tories

Atlantic Bridge, Liam Fox’s now wound-up "charity", counted top Tories George Osborne, William Hague and Michael Gove among its advisory board.

Werritty's spooky business

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.

NHS reforms are sickening

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 has gone: now hunt all the Tories

Liam Fox resigned as Tory defence minister last week as the reality of corporations’ corrupt influence inside the government was revealed.

The lobbyists at the heart of government

The current Tory under-secretary for defence is Gerald Howarth MP.

Revolving doors

Some interesting links between Tories and business:

Fuel price hikes fuel anger

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.

Police launch dawn raid to evict Dale Farm Travellers

Bailiffs and riot police moved in to evict Travellers and their supporters from Dale Farm in Essex today, Wednesday.

Travellers injured in Dale Farm eviction speak out

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.

Gaddafi's death is relief for West

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.

Occupy movement continues to grow across Britain

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.

Defiant march off Dale Farm Travellers' site

A dramatic day at the Dale Farm Traveller site in Essex today, Thursday, ended with Travellers leading a defiant march off the site.


'Electric atmosphere' on New York protests

The Occupy Wall Street movement saw a massive mobilisation of up to 100,000 people in Times Square last Saturday.

Unions defend the movement

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.

Activists arrested as they expose bank’s role in crisis

Some 23 activists were arrested at a protest at Citibank on Saturday afternoon. I was reporting on the demonstrations and was held with them.

Anti-capitalist protests shout round the world

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.

More than a million light up the outrage in Spain

On Saturday more than a million people joined jubilant protests across Spain in another show of strength by the indignados movement.

Seoul protesters defy riot police

Despite a thunderstorm and a total government ban, more than 1,000 people joined various demonstrations across South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

Day of rage across Italy

Tens of thousands marched in Rome—and police responded with tear gas and water cannon.

Canada comes together

Thousands joined actions across Canada in the biggest coordinated action since the anti‑war protests in 2003.

Public sector strikes hit Kuwait

A strike wave is shaking the regime in the oil-rich Gulf State of Kuwait.

Egypt’s unions reject divisions

Workers’ organisations in Egypt have joined calls for unity after security forces and state backed thugs attacked Christian Copts.

Syrian regime raids hospitals

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.

Sleepover in Seattle

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.


From Tahrir to Times Square

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.


Evo Morales’ wrong turn in Bolivia

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.

Latin America: Left presidents buckle to market

The 1990s saw neoliberalism leave devastation in its wake across Latin America, shifting wealth from the poor to the rich.

Sparks' revolt

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.

Electricians: 'Work puts a strain on family'

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.

The bosses' profits vs workers' lives

Bosses profits... Balfour Beatty Engineering Services £50,500,000

1972 - when building workers shut down the country

In 1972 over 300,000 building workers struck across Britain over pay and contracts.


The Greatest Movie Ever Sold: It’s time we all took a commercial break

Capitalism permeates every aspect of our lives—every relation, every space and every surface. The most visible manifestation of this is advertising.

Secret Pakistan: The Taliban and Pakistan—but what’s the secret?

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

Red Psalm centres on the peasant uprisings of Hungary in the late 19th century.

Alchemy in the UK

The Nuffield Theatre Company presents this new play set after this year’s rubbish collection strike in Southampton.

Afrika Eye film festival

This year’s Afrika Eye Festival explores the changes taking place in Africa and beyond.

What We Think

Together we can build a new world

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 truth - politicians and police lied about Hillsborough deaths

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.

Other Categories

Tim's view

Tim: kick over the statues


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).

Will capitalism go on forever?

It sometimes seems impossible to imagine life without capitalism.

The week in quotes...

‘There is everything to fear from wrongful identification, or the acquisition of our identity for fraudulent purposes’

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